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October 2018
Volume 8, Issue 9

Welcome to the October 2018 issue of the CMD-IT newsletter. This month we are featuring some of the results of our Tapia 2018 survey and an announcement of a new NSF Grant received by CMD-IT.

Just a reminder: photos from the Tapia Conference are now posted on our ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Facebook Group. Please join our Facebook Group to view all the photos.

We've also included the deadlines for the FLIP Alliance Universities' PhD programs.

To include job openings or events in our Community Calendar please contact  Jerri Barrett

Best Regards,
CMD-IT Leadership   
CMD-IT Receives $500,000 NSF Grant to Support Academic Careers Workshops & Factors Study
CMD-IT is pleased to announce it has received a three year grant from the National Science Foundation to continue to organize annual Academic Careers Mentoring Workshops for Underrepresented Participants in Computing and to conduct a Study.   In addition to supporting the workshops, the grant will support a detailed study about the factors that influence the decisions to pursue academic careers.  In an effort to increase the diversity of faculty in computing, the study aims to explore the cognitive and contextual components of selecting and continuing within an academic career for underrepresented groups.

The Academic Careers Mentoring Workshop series targets faculty (assistant professors and associate professors), senior graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers in computing from the following underrepresented groups:  African American, Hispanic, Native American, and People with Disabilities. The goals of this workshop series are the following
  • To mentor underrepresented senior graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and assistant professors about the tenure and promotion processes, launching a successful research program, writing solid proposals, and encouraging senior graduate students to enter the professoriate;
  • To mentor underrepresented associate professors about the promotion process to full professor, effective strategies for serving on national-scale committees, and navigating opportunities for administrative positions.
  • To provide opportunities for all participants to get to know each other with respect to research activities to encourage research collaborations.
The Academic Workshops will be organized by CMD-IT, CAHSI and AccessComputing.  To learn more go to our Academic Workshop information page.
2018 Tapia Conference 
 Survey Highlights

The 2018 ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference, presented by CMD-IT, was held September 19-22 in Orlando, Florida.  Thanks to all of our attendees for participating in the conference, and a special thanks to the attendees who completed our Tapia 2018 Survey. We wanted to take this opportunity to share some of the feedback from the survey. 

Primary reasons for attending the Tapia Conference:
  • 32% To find an internship or position.
  • 34% To connect and interact with computing leaders.
  • 41% To be part of a celebration of the diversity that exists in computing.
  • 94% of student respondents agreed that attending provided an opportunity to make new connections.
  • 33% of respondents met more than 20 new connections.

  • 93% of student respondents agreed or strongly agreed that it was inspiring to learn about various opportunities in computing at Tapia 2018.
  • 83% of student respondents agreed or strongly agreed that attending the conference increased their dedication to completing their degrees.
  • 91% of sponsor respondents rated their interactions with students at the Career Fair either Good or Outstanding.
  • 91% of sponsor respondents agree/strongly agree that the Tapia Conference provides an excellent opportunity to recruit diverse students.
Tapia 2019 is scheduled for September 18-21, 2019 in San Diego, CA.  Mark your calendars!
FLIP Alliance University Deadlines
What are the FLIP Alliance Universities?  They are the Universities that produce a majority of the computer science faculty at research universities.  
The universities have come together as part of an  NSF INCLUDES grant to form the FLIP (Diversifying Future Leadership in the Professoriate) Alliance  to address the broadening participation challenge of increasing the diversity of the future faculty in computing at research universities as a way to achieve diversity across the field.

Application deadlines are coming soon. Many of the institutions offer application waivers for students with financial need.

December 5, 2018 Deadline
December 10, 2018 Deadline
December 15, 2018 Deadline
In This Issue
November is Native American Heritage Month
November is Native American Heritage Month, or as it is commonly referred to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.

The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.\

Learn more about Native Americans in STEM by checking out AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society) Winds of Change article on 25 Native STEM Enterprises to Watch.
Job Postings
Software Developer for Culturally Situated Design Tools
University of Michigan

Tenure-Track Faculty Positions in Computer Science
Williams College

Tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor of Computer Science and a Non-Tenure-track Instructional Position
 State University's Gianforte School of Computing

Tenure-Track Positions Computer Science
Department of Electical Engineering and Computer Science, Vanderbilt University

Engineering and Research Opportunities
Brookhaven National Laboratory

Technical and Research Opportunities
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar

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