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November 2017
Volume 7, Issue 8

Welcome to the November 2017 issue of the CMD-IT eNewsletter! We hope all of you had a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.
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CMD-IT Receives NSF INCLUDES Grant to Create Diversifying Future Leadership in the Professoriate Alliance

CMD-IT has received an NSF INCLUDES Grant to support the creation and work of the Diversifying Future Leadership in the Professoriate (FLIP) Alliance. The goal of the Flip Alliance is to address the broadening participation challenge of increasing the diversity of the future leadership in the professoriate in computing at research universities as a way to achieve diversity across the field.  According to the 2016 CRA Taulbee Suvery, only 4.8% of the faculty at PhD granting universities is from underrepresented minority groups, i.e. African American, Hispanic and Native American.

"In the FLIP Alliance, we will intentionally bring together the small number of departments at research universities that are responsible for producing the majority of the PhD students that become faculty to leverage effective strategies for increasing the diversity of their doctoral programs," said Valerie Taylor, Executive Director, CMD-IT.  "This will create an alliance that can quickly and radically change the demographic diversity of the professoriate across computing.  Our focus will be on the following underrepresented groups in computing: African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and People with Disabilities."  The co-principle investigators on the INCLUDES grant are Charles Isbell at Georgia Tech and Jeff Forbes at Duke University; senior personnel include Stafford Hood and Denice Hood at the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign to handle the evaluation and assessment of the alliance.

A diverse faculty serves as excellent role models for a diverse student body, brings diverse backgrounds to the student programs and policies developed by the department and brings diverse perspectives to the organizations research projects and programs.

The FLIP Alliance consists of FLIP Advocates at the following institutions, which were found to be the largest producers of computer science faculty at research universities: Cornell University, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Tech, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, University of Texas, and University of Washington. 

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Women of Color in STEM Workshop
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics 
Hosts Workshop on 
Women of Color in STEM 

Dr. Valerie Taylor, Executive Director, CMD-IT, participated on November 10th in aWorkshop on Women of Color in STEM, organized by the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM), a standing committee in the Policy and Global Affairs division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.  Dr Taylor is a member of CWSEM and served as a co-organizer of the event.  The workshop consistent of two panels.  The first panel focused on Progress to Dates, Issues that Still Remain, New Issues that included Sarita Brown (President, Excelencia in Education), Maria Ong (Senior Research Scientist and Evaluator at TERC), Joan Reede (Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership, and Professor of Social & Behavioral Sciences at Harvard University), and Shirley Malcom (Head of Education and Human Resources Programs at AAAS).  

The second panel focused on Current Issues and Programs that included  Sandra Begay (Principal Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories),  Shawndra Hill (Senior Researcher in the Computational Social Science Group at Microsoft Research NYC),  Gilda Barabino (Dean of Engineering at City College of New York) and  Akua Asa-Awuku (Associate Professor, University of Maryland, College Park, Dept. of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering).  

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In This Issue
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5 Assistant Professor Positions in cyber security, networking/network infrastructure and architecture, and application and software development, Purdue University:  Visit Our Website!

Tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor of Computer Science, Pomona College, Visit Our Website!

Project Manager/Systems Analyst, Western Washington University, Visit Our Website!
National Academies Growth of CS Report
Assessing and Responding to the Growth of Computer Science Undergraduate Enrollments

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has published a Consensus Report on Assessing and Responding to the Growth of Computer Science Undergraduate Enrollments. CMD-IT Executive Director Valerie Taylor was a member of the Committee charged to explore the enrollment crisis that many universities feel is coming as demand for Computer Science programs increases while many new PhD's are pursuing industry careers rather than academia. Read the report.
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