New Computing Faculty Workshop in Summer 2016

The following message is from the workshop organizers.

The second New Computing Faculty Workshop will be held August 7-8, 2016 in San Diego. The goal of the workshop is to help computing faculty at research intensive universities to be better and more efficient teachers.  By learning a little about teaching, we will help new faculty can (a) make teaching more efficient, (b) make teaching more effective (e.g., improved student learning), and (c) make teaching more enjoyable.

The workshop will be run by Beth Simon (Coursera and UCSD), Cynthia Bailey Lee (Stanford), Leo Porter (UCSD), and Mark Guzdial (Georgia Tech).

The first workshop was a resounding success, with new faculty from U. Washington, UCSD, University of California-Irvine, and Georgia Tech. Our participants report greater confidence in teaching, with a new set of approaches, tools, and techniques to use in the classroom. One participant told us:

I also wanted to thank you all directly for hosting a superb workshop! I can’t believe how much actionable knowledge I picked up about teaching in just a day and a half!

Our Keynote speaker at dinner on August 7 will be Ed Lazowska (University of Washington).

We are grateful for our supporters who encourage new computing faculty to attend:

Debra J. Richardson is Professor of Informatics and founding dean of the University of California–Irvine’s Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS).

“We in the David C. Bren School of Information at Irvine have always taken pride in our innovative teaching and our appreciation for research-based methods. I strongly encourage new faculty to hit the ground running by learning state-of-the-art teaching methods.”

Charles Isbell, Senior Associate Dean, College of Computing, Professor, School of Interactive Computing.

“Georgia Tech has always been at the cutting edge of Computing teaching, from Threads to our Online MS (OMS) degree program. Being an innovative professor in the future means being an innovative teacher, too. I’ll encourage all our new faculty in the College of Computing to attend this workshop, and I recommend it to all new CS faculty.”

To register for the workshop, please send an email to Leo Porter at with your name, institution, year of hire. Contact us before July 10 for a guaranteed spot in our room block. Applications will be accepted until we reach our maximum of 40 attendees.

We look forward to seeing many of our new computing faculty in San Diego!

– Beth Simon, Leo Porter, Cynthia Lee, and Mark Guzdial

New Computing Faculty Workshop in Summer 2016