2017 Academic Corner

Academic Corner is returning for the 2017 Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC). Academic Corner is a unique workshop opportunity, made possible by the support of our nonprofit and academic community partners. Take advantage of this chance to learn best practices from experts in the fields of higher education and computing, and gain insight into cutting-edge research on computer science education.

Best Practices for Recruiting Diverse Faculty

Wednesday, October 4 | 1:30-3:20 p.m.

With the enrollment surge, universities across the country are hiring. Research shows that having a diverse faculty is key for diverse students to feel like they belong. After setting the context (e.g., How under-representation in college overall impacts the computing grad school pipeline), we will use an interactive session to teach best practices for diversity and inclusion in the search process.


Lecia Barker, Senior Research Scientist, National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)
Tracy Camp, Computer Science Department Head, Colorado School of Mines, CRA-W
Lucy Sanders, CEO and Co-founder, National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)
Dr. Sherri L. Sanders, Director of Extension Services, National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)
Dr. Jodi Tims, Professor and Chair of Computer Science, Baldwin Wallace University

“Best Practices for Recruiting Diverse Faculty” is a program co-developed by ACM-W,

**BREAK 3:20-3:30 p.m.**

BRAID Research: Updates on Introductory Computing Students from Year Two of Data Collection

Wednesday, October 4 | 3:30-4:30 p.m.

BRAID is a national initiative co-led by the Anita Borg Institute and Harvey Mudd College. BRAID works with 15 computer science departments across the U.S. with the goal of increasing the representation of women and underrepresented minority (URM) students in undergraduate computing. This session will focus on what the BRAID Research team, led by Dr. Linda J. Sax of UCLA, has learned from the first two years of data collection.  We will share student survey findings, focusing on longitudinal outcomes for women and URM students in introductory computer science courses.


Dr. Linda J. Sax, Professor of Higher Education, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at UCLA
Jennifer M. Blaney, Ph.D. candidate, UCLA, Senior Data Manager, BRAID research project