NCWIT On The Road


NCWIT is always on the road, and we want you to know where to find us. This newsletter includes just a few of the places where NCWIT will be through the end of 2015. Come join us!

Where Can You Find NCWIT?

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (October 14-16) | Houston, Texas

AnitaBorgWe are heading to the Lone Star State for the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC). Inspired by the legacy of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, the GHC is designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront.

The NCWIT Break Room will be located at the Hilton Americas Hotel (Room #343AB) and open to the public each day of the conference (Wednesday through Friday, October 14-16) from 8:00-10:00 a.m., 12:00-1:00 p.m., and 5:00-6:00 p.m. CDT. We invite you to stop by, say hello, charge your devices, and use the space to meet up with colleagues or peers. The NCWIT Break Room is made possible through generous support from Qualcomm.

NCWIT will also be at the Career Fair (Booth #128). Come by to pick up some swag and hear the latest about programs and ways to get involved.

NCWIT Senior Research Scientist Joanne McGrath Cohoon will be honored as the recipient of the A. Richard Newton Educator ABIE Award, which recognizes educators who develop innovative teaching practices and approaches that attract girls and women to computing, engineering, and math. In addition to her work with NCWIT, Joanne is a sociologist with the rank of Full Professor in the University of Virginia’s Department of Engineering & Society. Congrats to Joanne!

Not going to GHC this year? Follow along with us via social media using #NCWITatGHC.


All Things Open (October 19-20) | Raleigh, North Carolina

We will admire some East Coast Fall foliage while attending All Things Open (ATO) at the Raleigh Convention Center. All Things Open brings together the world’s top developers, technologists, and decision makers to explore open source, open tech, and the open web in the enterprise.

The NCWIT team will have a booth full of resources. We also hope you will not miss these two special events focusing on the gender gap in tech: a screening of the movie Code: Debugging the Gender Gap on Monday, October 19 at 12:20 p.m. EDT and a panel discussion immediately following. Get more information and purchase tickets here. (NOTE: Tickets can be purchased separately from a conference pass.)

Follow the conversation online using #ATO2015. NCWIT is one of three partnering organizations working to support women in technology.


EDUCAUSE (October 27-30) | Indianapolis, IN

Members of the NCWIT team will close out the month of October by heading to the Midwest for the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference. NCWIT Senior Research Scientist Dr. Catherine Ashcraft, will participate in two sessions:

  1. Seminar 09A – Build Partnership with an Inclusive Leadership Culture (Tuesday, October 27 from 8:00- 11:30 a.m. EDT, Meeting Room #235-236)
    Operational excellence amidst continuous digital disruption requires innovation built on strong, diverse partnerships. Successfully partnering across the academy in this way requires an understanding of multiple perspectives. IT leaders must have the skill sets necessary to promote inclusivity and diversity in their technical workforce. Build your inclusive leadership and partnering skills now!
  2. Diversifying IT Leadership as Strategy: Improving Partnerships across the Academy (Friday, October 30 from 8:00-8:50 a.m. EDT, Meeting Room #237-238)
    Underrepresentation of women in IT leadership significantly impedes the range of innovative leadership strategies/partnerships across the academy. This experiential session will highlight research on diversity and innovation, review several proven strategies for recruiting a more diverse candidate pool, and examine one such strategy in a small group work.

Follow the conversation online using #edu15.


Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges: Southeastern Conference (November 6-7) | Salem, VA

A few days later, we will make our way back East for the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC): Southeastern Conference. NCWIT EngageCSEdu Lead Social Scientist Dr. Beth Quinn will give a pre-conference workshop on EngageCSEdu on Friday, November 6 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EDT (Room Trexler 363):

  • A Living Collection of CS1 & CS2 Course Materials to Engage and Retain Diverse Students
    In this interactive workshop, participants explore the new EngageCSEdu collection, including the set of seventeen research-based Engagement Practices that are used to curate the collection. EngageCSEdu is a comprehensive collection of instructional materials for introductory undergraduate computer science courses. The materials in the collection are developed and used by computer science educators from across the country. All materials have Creative Commons licenses allowing other instructors to use, and in many cases, to modify them. As of Spring 2015, the collection contained over 1,500 materials. The project continues to accept new submissions, supported with online submission and interdisciplinary peer-review processes.

    The workshop has two main goals. First, the workshop introduces computing faculty to the project and to how they can use it to improve their courses to retain a more diverse student body. Second, participants learn about the seventeen research-based Engagement Practices (EPs): the set of teaching and learning strategies compiled by the project team as a means of curating the collection.


American Evaluation Association (November 9-14) | Chicago, IL

We will head to the Windy City to round out the year for Evaluation 2015. NCWIT Director of Evaluation and Senior Research Scientist Wendy DuBow will put on three presentations that cannot be missed:

  1. Session 2109 – The Challenge of Measuring Cultural Shifts Over Time Session Number (November 13 from 4:30-5:15 p.m. CDT)
    Are you in the position of needing to assess whether a program or intervention you are evaluating has had an effect on distributed stakeholders? Or an effect on society at large? Or has influenced the culture of a large organization? If these and other questions of how to measure large-scale change across sectors and over time perplex you, come to this Think Tank.
  2. Session 2275 – Four Approaches to Measuring STEM Education Innovations: Moving Toward Standardization and Large Data Sets (November 14 from 8:00-9:30 a.m. CDT)
    “A Social Cognitive Career Theory Survey for Computing”
    In 2012, my colleagues and I developed a Social Cognitive Career theory-based attitudes survey to use with secondary students. This instrument grew out of the social science research on gender and computing, which seeks to understand the barriers to female participation in computing and to study ways to attract and retain more girls and women in the field of computing. Our instrument measures five constructs relative to computing: interest, self-efficacy, outcome expectations, perceived social supports and barriers, and intent to persist in the field.
  3. Session 2322 – Improving the Quality and Effectiveness of Computer Science Education Evaluation Through Sharing Survey Instruments (November 14 from 10:45-11:30 a.m.)
    With so many evaluators and researchers working on computer science (CS) education initiatives, some of us surely are measuring the same outcomes. CS education projects often emphasize outcomes operationalized as survey constructs such as interest, engagement, confidence, perseverance, intent to persist, and skills. Rather than reinvent the wheel or create new instruments under time pressure, we could be sharing field-tested and validated survey instruments. Meet with other CS education evaluators to discuss where to find instruments, and let’s figure out the best mechanisms for sharing instruments.

Follow the conversation online using #Eval15.


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