Pre-Symposium Events

There are several exciting pre-symposium events this year; plan your travel so you can get in a day early and take part in these excellent professional development and educational opportunities.

Cyber Education Program Steering Committee Meeting

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 4, 8:30am -12:30pm

Where: 2503B

Cost: N/A

Max Participants: 25

The Cyber Education Project (CEP) is an initiative supported by a diverse group of computing professionals representing academic institutions and professional societies to develop undergraduate curriculum guidelines and a case for accreditation for a baccalaureate in “Cyber Science.” Organized in July 2014, CEP is currently leveraging a community of interest to inform and drive this work forward.  

For additional information: http://cep-public.caps.ua.edu/

To register for this event, please write ashaffer@usna.edu

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SIGCSE2015 Department Chairs Roundtable

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 4, 8:30am-5:00pm

Where: 2502B

Cost: TBD (paid during SIGCSE registration)

Max Participants: 35

The role of the department chair is one of the most important, yet most difficult, in the academy. Chairs must navigate the delicate balance that results when changing from a colleague or peer to supervisor. SIGCSE is again sponsoring a special pre-conference workshop to offer some helpful training to new or prospective department chairs. The session will be led by a group of veteran department chairs that will make presentations and lead discussions. Administrative issues addressed will include: (1) creating a workplace that fosters excellence, cooperation, and new ideas; (2) managing problem students, faculty, and staff; (3) setting goals and measuring success; and (4) developing good relationships with deans and other upper-level administrators. Additional topics on leadership characteristics, management styles, time management, legal issues, establishing priorities, and communication will focus on best practices that produce efficient and effective chairs.

Resource materials will be provided to participants. In addition to receiving valuable chair training, participants are expected to establish a new network of associates, mentors, and advisors. If you are a new chair, a veteran chair, or are considering a chair position, please plan to participate in the SIGCSE 2015 Roundtable for Department Chairs. Send questions and/or expressions of interest to Sandra J. DeLoatch (sjdeloatch@nsu.edu).

To register for this event, select it during SIGCSE2015 conference registration.

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LittleFe Build-Out

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 4, 8:15am-5:30pm

Where: 2505A

Cost: Free

Max Participants: 24

The LittleFe buildout event is a training and infrastructure opportunity for teams of faculty and students from educational institutions across the United States. Accepted participating teams receive a free LittleFe educational appliance (http://littlefe.net), which they assemble from a kit during the buildout and take home with them after the event. Together with its Bootable Cluster CD operating system (BCCD, http://bccd.net), LittleFe/BCCD is an ideal environment for learning and teaching parallel programming, cluster computing, and computational/data enabled science & engineering (CDESE).

During the buildout, participants assemble their LittleFe unit from a kit, install the BCCD, learn about curriculum modules available on the platform, and commit to using the unit in their classes and developing new curriculum modules. The event is supported by the National Science Foundation (grant number 1347089); the Shodor Education Foundation, Inc.; the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE); and Earlham College.

For additional information: http://littlefe.net/buildout

To register for this event: http://littlefe.net/buildout

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Git and GitHub: Foundations for Educators

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 4, 9:00am-5:00pm

Where: 2505B

Cost: Free

Max Participants: 100

Our foundations class helps you, as a newcomer to Git and GitHub, fully grasp the concepts and application of distributed version control so that you can effectively begin using this productivity-enhancing suite of tools in the classroom. During this in training course, we will explore the foundations of Git and GitHub through practical everyday commands and processes. We will conclude with workflow ideas and practical tips that will help you and your students with assignment submission, grading, feedback, and more. Participants must bring a laptop, this will be a hands-on workshop.

For additional information: https://training.github.com/classes/foundations/

To register for this event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/git-github-foundations-for-educators-tickets-14073364813

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Managing the Academic Career for Women Faculty in Undergraduate Computing Programs

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 4, 8:15am-5:15pm

Where: 2502A

Cost: Free

Max Participants: 45

The goal of the workshop is to provide critical mentoring information for women instructors, pre-tenure faculty and graduate students in Computer Science and Engineering who are interested in an academic career. Tentative topics will include: Mentoring, Teaching Strategies, Getting Started with Research / Finding Funding / Research with Undergraduates, Promotion and Tenure, Time Management, and Balancing Priorities (i.e., teaching vs. research vs. service).

For additional information: http://cra-w.org/ArticleDetails/tabid/77/ArticleID/50/Career-Mentoring-Workshop-CMW.aspx

To register for this event: http://cra-w.org/ArticleDetails/tabid/77/ArticleID/50/Career-Mentoring-Workshop-CMW.aspx

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ACM SIGCAS Symposium on Computing for the Social Good: Educational Practices

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 4, 1:00pm-5:30pm

Where: 2504A

Cost: Free for SIGCAS members, $30 for non-members

Max Participants: No Max

CS educational activities for the social good (CSG-Ed), is an umbrella term meant to incorporate any educational activity, from small to large, that endeavors to convey and reinforce computing’s social relevance and potential for positive societal impact.

This SIGCAS sponsored symposium is an opportunity for CSG-Ed practitioners to present their projects/practices. The goal is for current and future CSG-Ed practitioners to share best practices, discover new collaborators, review common pitfalls (and how they can be avoided), and discuss how SIGCAS can support the many varied individual and group CSG-Ed efforts.

See http://www.sigcas.org for more information about SIGCAS and CSG-Ed in general, as well as how to apply to be CSG-Ed Symposium presenter.

For additional information: http://www.sigcas.org/

To register for this event: http://www.sigcas.org/

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CSTeachingTips.org: Tip-A-Thon

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 4, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Where: 2503A

Cost: Free

Max Participants: 25

Do you like to talk about your teaching practice? Do you want to share CS teaching advice with other educators on CSTeachingTips.org? Come join the CS Teaching Tips team from Harvey Mudd College for our CSTeachingTips.org: Tip-A-Thon (NSF #1339404). Participants will be paid $400 for their participation and receive a CS Teaching Tips swag bag. Learn more about CS Teaching Tips by checking out CSTeachingTips.org and following us on twitter @CSTeachingTips.

For more information, please email admin@csteachingtips.org or visit our event page.

For additional information: http://csteachingtips.org/sigcse15/

To register for this event: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1UB3sM_cRaoUuDPg-PKQV-lqI5Z1oAG48hUYsvZcY_Fw/viewform

Application Deadline: Feb 18, 2015

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Teaching to Diversity in Computer Science

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 4, 1:00pm-4:30pm

Where: 2503B

Cost: Free

Max Participants: 100

Computer science classrooms need to better incorporate a wide diversity of perspectives, to address the shortfall in the number of students pursuing CS degrees and subsequent careers.

This workshop will provide CS faculty the opportunity to discuss how culturally sensitive pedagogies can enhance underrepresented students’ interest, success and retention in computer science. Following a discussion on what it means to teach to diversity, examples of culturally competent curriculum will be presented from TIDES institutions and other invited speakers. Workshop attendees will then be challenged to consider how to infuse culture into their own CS courses.

TIDES (Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM) is an AAC&U STEM Initiative and is generously funded by the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

To register for this workshop please contact Helen Hu (hhu@westminstercollege.edu)

For additional information: http://tinyurl.com/tides2015

To register for this event: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1pofxHio4uyikB5A6iboBOkHh5swI9AlGojMeas6iXuo/viewform

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For More Information

If you are interested in hosting a pre-symposium event, please contact the Pre-Conference Events Liaison (below) to request an application form. Application forms should be submitted by for full consideration.

Depending on the number of applications submitted and space availability at the conference hotel, not all events may be selected for inclusion.

Questions

If you have questions about anything discussed above, please contact the SIGCSE 2015 Pre-Conference Events Liaison.