CRA-W Sessions

The following sessions have been designed and organized by CRA-W. Follow us on Twitter with #GHC16 and #CRAwomen

Workshops for Assistant Professors and Senior Grad Students

Thursday workshops are aimed at assistant professors, post-doctoral students and senior Ph.D. students and are designed for them to gain the skills they need to succeed in the academic world. Learn teaching tactics, research strategies and much more!

Balancing the Demands in Academia (Teaching, Research and Service)
Thursday, October 20
9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

  • Amy Csizmar Dalal (Carleton College)
  • Maria Gini (University of Minnesota)
Pre-tenure careers can be stressful as the demands from teaching, research and service can often seem never-ending. How can one thrive in academia when one needs to make a mark in each of these categories? We’ll begin our discussion on the importance of understanding your institution’s expectations; we’ll then discuss strategies for creating a good balance that leads to success in each of these categories.
Effective Teaching Tactics
Thursday, October 20
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

  • Valerie Barr (Union College)
  • Susan Rodger (Duke University)
In this session, we will cover both current theories on educational pedagogy as well as very practical suggestions and resources to thrive in the classroom. We will discuss planning course goals and objectives, options for how to use class time and ways to foster a fun, interactive learning environment. We will also present classroom management techniques and strategies for what to do when things don’t go as intended.
Research/Funding Strategies for Faculty
Thursday, October 20
1 p.m.-2 p.m.

  • Andrea Danyluk (Williams College)
  • Lucy Nowell (U.S. Department of Energy)
Growing your research program means tapping into resources that help you be more successful. Funding can enable you to attract more students or work on larger projects. Collaboration enables you to work with people outside your area of expertise, initiate new projects and have a lot of fun. This session will cover strategies for creating a successful research program.
Preparing for Tenure and Promotion
Thursday, October 20
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

  • Julia Hirschberg (Columbia University)
  • Jodi Tims (Baldwin Wallace University)
Do you know what steps you need to take to prepare for tenure and promotion? We will provide practical advice on developing a successful promotion and tenure portfolio in teaching, research and service. This session will also discuss department expectations, annual reviews, letter writers and the importance of understanding the local culture. Lastly, we will discuss what to do if things don’t go as planned.
Gaining Recognition for Your Accomplishments in Academia
Thursday, October 20
4 p.m.-5 p.m.

  • Nancy Amato (Texas A&M)
  • Ellen Walker (Hiram College)
Being known and gaining recognition for your accomplishments is key for career advancement. This session will discuss the different types of opportunities for recognition that exist for academics. The discussion will include strategies for gaining recognition for your accomplishments and for helping others to be recognized both within and outside your organization.

Workshops for Students

It’s time to start thinking about your future in the technical world! The Friday workshops show students how to build their professional networks and provide important information about graduate school.

Building Your Academic Professional Network
Friday, October 21
9 a.m.-10 a.m.

  • Sunita Chandrasekaran (University of Delaware)
  • Soha Hassoun (Tufts University)
Effective networking with others in your community is one of the most powerful tools in advancing your professional career. This skill can connect you to your community in meaningful ways, land you a dream job and help you score awards or promotions. Join us to learn how to present yourself and your ideas in a concise and appealing way, as well as how to deliberately build and nurture your professional network.
The Graduate School Experience
Friday, October 21
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

  • Laura Dillon (Michigan State University)
  • Katie Siek (Indiana University- Bloomington)
Is graduate school in computing for you? What’s it like to pursue a Masters or Ph.D. degree? What benefits do you get once you have the degree? This session will help you understand what it’s like to be in graduate school and the exciting options you’ll have when you finish.
Finding Your Dream Job with a Ph.D.
Friday, October 21
12 p.m.-1 p.m.

  • Dilma Da Silva (Texas A&M)
  • Rita Wouhaybi (Intel Labs)
Curious about the range of post-Ph.D. career options in academia and industry? Looking for some practical advice on how to apply for jobs, interview and negotiate a job offer? If yes, this session is for you. Researchers who have completed successful job searches and are now working in different jobs will talk about their experiences and answer your questions.