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1 CRA-W Workshop, March 9, 2011, Dallas, TX Getting What you Need Ingrid Russell, Department of Computer Science University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT

2 CRA-W Workshop, March 9, 2011, Dallas, TX Getting what you Need: Outline Scholarship and professional development Teaching Funding Collaborations and networking Time Recognition opportunities Discussion

3 CRA-W Workshop, March 9, 2011, Dallas, TX Know your Institution Characterizing a teaching-oriented institution Culture within the institution: Scholarship takes a number of forms Undergraduate research drives faculty research to an extent Typical teaching load 3-3 or more Emphasis on excellent teaching Non-teaching resources are more limited Commonality: many seem to be moving in the direction of research with continued emphasis on excellent teaching

4 CRA-W Workshop, March 9, 2011, Dallas, TX Know your Institution Characterizing a teaching-oriented institution Culture within the institution: Scholarship takes a number of forms Undergraduate research drives faculty research to an extent Typical teaching load 3-3 or more Emphasis on excellent teaching Non-teaching resources are more limited Commonality: many seem to be moving in the direction of research with continued emphasis on excellent teaching

5 CRA-W Workshop, March 9, 2011, Dallas, TX Know your Institutions Priorities Institutions Mission Statement Institutions academic strategic plan

6 CRA-W Workshop, March 9, 2011, Dallas, TX Know your Institutions Priorities Scholarship and professional development Accepted forms of scholarship Scholarship of teaching? Scholarship of application? How is scholarship evaluated? What counts as professional development? Is undergraduate research professional development, teaching or service? Is developing a new course professional development, teaching, or service? Is serving as a reviewer professional development, service, or both? Teaching How is good teaching evaluated? Service How much is expected?

7 CRA-W Workshop, March 9, 2011, Dallas, TX Professional Development Conferences in your discipline Conferences that address computing education SIGCSE CCSC FIE fie.engrng.pitt.edu/fie.engrng.pitt.edu/ ITiCSE iticse2007.computing.dundee.ac.ukiticse2007.computing.dundee.ac.uk Educational workshops co-located with research conferences Workshops Some education related Funded by NSF or other agencies Co-located with research conferences A way to fund your participation at the conference Council on Undergraduate Research Institutes for faculty development, including grant-writing

8 CRA-W Workshop, March 9, 2011, Dallas, TX Professional Development Online courses and tutorials (ACM, IEEE, free) Workshops at SIGCSE Inexpensive Large selection Other conferences also run workshops but at a smaller scale Mailing lists SIGCSE (sigcse.org/join/list.shtml) and CCSCsigcse.org/join/list.shtml Local seminar announcements, e.g. at research institutions Courses through hardware and software vendors Local consortia Seminars, grant writing, workshops

9 CRA-W Workshop, March 9, 2011, Dallas, TX Teaching Become familiar with the Center for Teaching and Learning Attend workshops and talks on effective teaching techniques Attend educational conferences Invite a colleague to observe your teaching Sit in on a colleagues class Ask for a colleagues course material

10 CRA-W Workshop, March 9, 2011, Dallas, TX Sources of Funding Internal, state and local funding sources External funding Alumni Collaboration with someone who has funding

11 CRA-W Workshop, March 9, 2011, Dallas, TX Sources of Funding: Internal Sources Get to know your development officer(s) May help find a trustee who is making a gift Know what is available Hidden funds not publicized Specialized internal funds Faculty research and teaching funds Department, college, and university funds Restricted to a theme - match your needs to the theme Share what you get with someone else

12 CRA-W Workshop, March 9, 2011, Dallas, TX Sources of Funding: External Federal agencies NSF relevant divisions: CISE, DUE, EHR General purpose equipment not supported; tie request to curriculum development Volunteer to serve on panels to learn more Corporate Research & Development Labs Often initiated by contact at the lab Consulting If you do this, it should further your own goals (not only the companys) Be careful about patent and copyright issues Professional organizations such as SIGCSE

13 CRA-W Workshop, March 9, 2011, Dallas, TX Sources of Funding: Companies Equipment and curriculum development examples HP (equipment grants for education): IBM (equipment through employee donations) Microsoft (research and curriculum development projects) Software and training examples IBM (Academic initiative - software & training) https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/university/academicinitiative/https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/university/academicinitiative/ Microsoft (Academic Alliance) msdn.microsoft.com/academic msdn.microsoft.com/academic Oracle Academy https://oai.oracle.com/en/index1.html https://oai.oracle.com/en/index1.html

14 CRA-W Workshop, March 9, 2011, Dallas, TX Sources of Funding: Collaborations Bring in different strengths and perspectives NSFs website provides a list of funded projects and PIs Attachment to another grant Serve as an evaluator or a beta tester Participate in dissemination efforts Serve as an affiliate faculty to the funded project

15 CRA-W Workshop, March 9, 2011, Dallas, TX Travel Funding Encourage student participation at conferences (e.g. ACM research competition) Colleges tend to fund student participation Results in partial funding to faculty Can build your internal visibility if students do well Sabbatical (along with external resource to make it more productive and/or pay) Conference grants

16 CRA-W Workshop, March 9, 2011, Dallas, TX Travel Funding: Conserving Resources Combine trips Can you visit a nearby institution and give a talk? Combine conference with recruiting or alumni contact The two-body advantage

17 CRA-W Workshop, March 9, 2011, Dallas, TX Collaborators/Networking Existing networking programs at your institutions Interdisciplinary opportunities Mainly within institution but there may be consortia or local opportunities Conferences and Workshops Meet people and be visible Local consortia Volunteerism Rewarding and a learning opportunity as well

18 CRA-W Workshop, March 9, 2011, Dallas, TX Collaborators/Networking Research institutions in your area Get on their announcement mailing lists Find out about visiting speakers in advance Direct contacts at those institutions Invite speakers to your institution, preferably a recognized authority in your field Consortia/research institutions/alum in graduate school/research group/industry Go through someone who knows the two of you Perhaps funding through a consortium grant for speakers Connect with them and get them to know your work

19 CRA-W Workshop, March 9, 2011, Dallas, TX Time Resource: Time for Research Dont overload Learn to say no; its OK to do so Most likely the opportunities will present themselves again Most importantly be selective in selecting service duties with an eye on service that provides visibility Administrative responsibilities Make sure appropriate release time is given Include release time in grant proposals Based on the source of funding, some institutions may not be eligible Avoid teaching in the summer

20 CRA-W Workshop, March 9, 2011, Dallas, TX Time Resource: Alternatives to Summer Teaching Consulting Summer faculty fellowships: NASA, Air Force, National Labs, Microsoft, and others NSF panel reviews Allows you to keep with the main trends Will know what the most important issues are Good contacts and networking Provides you with tips on how to write a successful proposal AP Exam grading Worth doing especially if you are teaching introductory CS courses

21 CRA-W Workshop, March 9, 2011, Dallas, TX Time Resource: Ways to Get Research Time from Teaching Activities Undergraduate TAs Try to teach courses that support your research Build into your class something that benefits your research Include readings of research papers A student project that will benefit your research Good for all students Could also generate undergraduate student research

22 CRA-W Workshop, March 9, 2011, Dallas, TX Time Resource: Undergraduate Research Assistants Recruit work study students who have federal funding Consider giving students course credits if money is not available or not sufficient. If you have an NSF grant, you can get funds (relatively easily) through an REU supplement for undergraduate researchers

23 CRA-W Workshop, March 9, 2011, Dallas, TX Recognition Opportunities Be proactive, seek recognition and look for opportunities Look for opportunities local to your institution Internal awards Press releases Nominating others helps your visibility Seek Leadership roles with visibility Look for opportunities through professional societies ACM and IEEE Senior Member

24 CRA-W Workshop, March 9, 2011, Dallas, TX In Summary Invest in yourself and in your promotion Be proactive and dont wait for it to happen Take advantage of all available resources Dont be afraid to ask for what you need Take full advantage of the experience that mentors and role models have to offer Good luck! And when you make it, be sure to pay back and help others.

25 Acknowledgement The first version of this presentation was written by Ingrid Russell and Ellen Walker and was first presented at a CRA-W workshop in October CRA-W Workshop, March 9, 2011, Dallas, TX


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