CRA Career Mentoring Workshops 

CRA’s biennial Career Mentoring Workshops (CMWs) provide valuable career advice and mentoring activities to people just beginning or in the early stages of their computing research careers. 

This year’s workshops will take place in Washington D.C., with options to attend February 20-21 and/or 22-23. Applications to attend were due by December 11, 2023.

Building on the success of more than two decades of workshops for starting a tenure-track position in academia, this year’s program is expanded to include a workshop on teaching.

CMW: Teaching will be held February 20-21, offering participants the opportunity to hear from seasoned computing educators about the nuts and bolts of teaching large upper-division classes and graduate student seminars. Designed for research-focused tenured/tenure-track faculty, the goal of this highly-interactive and engaging workshop is to help you reduce the amount of time you spend on teaching (for research gain) while also doing a good job and making it more fun–for you and your students. Specifically, attendees will gain insight into how to write and edit course syllabi, be introduced to high-quality materials and master teacher models, go through a bootcamp on evidence-based practices such as active learning, and gain guidance on how to manage TAs and other administrative tasks. 

CMW: Research will be held February 22-23, providing advice and mentoring activities for those starting academic computing research careers. Session topics will include planning your research career, networking strategies, mentoring and managing students, preparing a tenure dossier, time management and work-life balance, among others. Attendees will also get the chance to meet in small groups with program managers/directors from federal agencies that fund computing research, such as NSF. This session has consistently been a highlight of the workshop experience for past participants.

Workshops for additional groups:

CRA-E offers workshops informing graduate students and post-docs about academic teaching career options as well as professional development workshops for teaching track faculty in Ph.D. granting departments.

CRA-WP offers Career Mentoring Workshops for women at various career stages.