Findings, Challenges, and Recommendations for Teaching in Academia Susan Rodger, Duke University Patricia Joseph, Slippery Rock University Joyce Currie

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  • Findings, Challenges, and Recommendations for Teaching in Academia Susan Rodger, Duke University Patricia Joseph, Slippery Rock University Joyce Currie Little, Towson University Suzanne Westbrook, Univ of Arizona rodger@cs.duke.edu Thursday, Oct 2, 2008 2:45pm-3:45pm
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  • Challenges: Family/Teaching Innovation Susan Rodger, Duke University About my Teaching Position Challenge of Family/Work Challenge of Teaching
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  • About My Teaching Position Background Purdue University, PhD CS, 1989 parallel algorithms Assistant Professor, Rensselaer 1989-1994, tenure-track Then job offer Duke University Assistant Prof. of Practice 1994-97 Assoc. Prof. of the Practice 1997-08 Prof. of the Practice 2008-?
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  • Professor of the Practice Track Focus on Education in Discipline PhD preferred or Prof. Experience Regular Rank Faculty non-tenure Permanent Contract position 3 to 10 year contracts, renewable Promotable CS education Grants, papers, visibility
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  • Duke CS PoPs vs Tenured teach 2 courses/semester vs 1 Focus on Ugrad curriculum Cover Intro courses plus others Supervise Ugrad research Can also supervise MS and PhD Advising Attend Faculty meetings Salary similar, no sabatical Write Grants/papers in CS Educ
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  • PoP History at Duke PoP track added in 1991 For 2008-09 - 4 PoPs in CS Arts and Sciences 526 tenure/tenure-track 82 PoPs School of Engineering 95 tenure/tenure-track 8 PoPs School of Environment 43 tenure/tenure-track 4 PoPs
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  • Challenge of Family/Work Spouse/Mother of two boys
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  • Challenges with Family/Work Virtual Prof (bedrest) 1996, 1999 Maternity Leave 1997, 2000 Time for 5 years - 2000-2005 Leave Fall 2004 write book
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  • Challenges with Family/Work Get Help Cleaning, Yard, Babysitters Use online resources Sittercity.com babysitters Manic Mommies podcast Order kids clothes, gifts online Use rating services kids books, games Parents Choice Awards Common Sense Media Family time - Focus on Your Likes Our Family cooks together fresh food Family hikes
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  • Challenges with Family/Work To get want you want By all means Ask Then Ask again Keep asking be persistent Examples Leaves time for temp period
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  • Challenges of Teaching PhDs not trained to teach. How do you learn to teach or improve your teaching? How do you stay innovative in your teaching?
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  • Teaching Getting Started Use online resources Find similar courses use and modify Continue to refine every offering
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  • Engage Students Reading quizzes online Blackboard Dial a Picture Workshop teaching format Short lecture Students work a problem 5 min to 20 min Discuss Repeat
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  • Engage Students (cont) FSA built with cookies
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  • Engage Students (cont) Be a Robot
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  • Engage Students (Cont) Students working in pairs Workshop format Prof and UTAs provide support
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  • Where to get Ideas? SIGCSE SIGCSE is the computer science education conference Over 1200 people Papers, panels, special session, workshops, birds of a feather, posters
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  • Other Resources Education conferences SIGCSE, FIE, ITiCSE, ASEE, CCSC Education journals Campus resource center on teaching? Duke Center for Teaching
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  • Challenges for Teaching in Academia Patricia A. Joseph Slippery Rock University of PA patricia.joseph@sru.edu
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  • Who is Patricia Joseph? Tenured Assistant Professor Represented by a Labor Union State-Owned University Single & Content
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  • My Story 1 st Tenure-Track Woman in department 1 st Information Systems person in a CS department B.S. Ed., M.A. English, M.S. Information Science, etc. Career as public school teacher Do not have a Ph.D.
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  • My Experience What I wish that someone had told me
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  • Types of Institutions Large Research Undergraduate 2-Year & Community Colleges
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  • Types of Positions Temporary or Adjunct Contractual or Limited Term Teaching Professor University of California system potential for security of employment
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  • Opportunities Interviewing for the Position Understanding Union Contracts Negotiating Salary & Rank Office & Hardware/Software Travel Budget Student Help
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  • Challenges Finding a Mentoreither in your department or elsewhere at your institution Being Aware of Politics in your department and in your college http://cs.southwestern.edu/CEOHP/
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  • Details Qualifications Pay Scales Typical Benefits Requirements in Contract vs. Requirements for Tenure
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  • The Reality Its still a chilly climate for women in academe Be aware of it so that you wont be blind-sided. http://dynamic.uoregon.edu/~jjf/chilly climate.html http://www.bernicesandler.com
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  • THANK YOU!
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  • Joyce Currie Little, Professor Computer & Information Sciences Towson University San Diego State, grad asst +, THEN Goucher College, CC Dir, Instr; THEN Community College of Baltimore, & during: Chamberlayne Junior College; THEN Towson University, since 1981 (Founding Department Chair 1984)
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  • TEACHING IN ACADEMIA WHATS GOOD * WHATS BAD WHAT A JOY - LOVE IT! CONTINUING TO LEARN! KEEPING CURRENT SCHOLARLY COLLEAGUES EAGER STUDENTS HELPING NEXT GENERATION FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING A DECENT LIVING GRADING PAPERS KEEPING UP-TO-DATE NOT-SO-EAGER STUDENTS TOO BUSY - MANY CONTINUING DUTIES UNPREDICTABLE DEMANDS GENERATIONAL CHALLENGES, BOTH STUDENTS/FACULTY A DECENT LIVING
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  • PROBLEMS FOR WOMEN ? WHAT? HOW ?? CONFLICTING DEMANDS FOR TIME NOT ALWAYS WELCOMED BY COLLEAGUES ESTABLISHING REPUTATIONS JUGGLING THE VARIETY OF DEMANDS HAVE LOTS OF PERSISTENCE SHOW YOUR CAPABILITIES BE HELPFUL EARN TRUST EXPECT EQUALITY THROUGHOUT LEARN TIME MANAGEMENT
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  • Data can Help ! Demographics, by field, by gender, by rank, by salary Number of eligible qualified graduates by discipline Number of those entering industry Number left who are interested Number who support equity rights Number who encourage others Number serving as mentors
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  • Trends and Influences Corporate leanings in academia Need for flexibility for management Tendency to move to contractual workforce in the professoriate Move to decrease faculty governance rights Move to eliminate tenure Decrease in permanent faculty The shift to professors of the practice
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  • Recommendations Educate new entering faculty about the professoriate Mentor new entering faculty (both tenure-track & contractual) to help move them toward tenure Advocate higher percentage of tenured faculty Encourage rights and responsibilities (both) of tenured faculty Work for change in rigidity of policies
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  • POLICY LEVEL HELP: THE AAUP AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS: POLICY DOCUMENTS AND REPORTS (THE RED BOOK) 1940 STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES ON ACADEMIC FREEDOM AND TENURE, WITH 1970 INTERPRETIVE COMMENTS
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  • AAUP, CONTINUED 1940 STATEMENT ON GOVERNMENT OF COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES STATEMENT ON PRINCIPLES ON FAMILY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACADEMIC WORK THE STATUS OF PART-TIME FACULTY ON FULL-TIME NON-TENURE TRACK APPOINTMENTS CONTINGENT APPOINTMENTS AND THE ACADEMIC PROFESSION INSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR LEGAL DAMANDS ON FACULTY STATEMENT OF CORPORATE FUNDING OF ACADEMIC RESEARCH
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  • PLACES THAT HELP ASSOCIATION FOR UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS (AAUP) NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, & COMMITTEE ON WOMEN IN SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, AND MEDICINE COMMISSION ON PROFESSIONALS IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY BY DISCIPLINE: EDUCATOR GROUPS ACM SIGCSE, MAA, ETC BY DISCIPLINE: WOMEN COLLEAGUES THE WORLD OVER YOUR FAMILY, IF YOU ARE LUCKY! YOUR DAD AND OTHER DADS
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  • Challenges: Considerations in Choosing a Teaching-Focused Position Suzanne Westbrook Senior Lecturer and Associate Head University of Arizona (Tucson!) sw@cs.arizona.edu
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  • Challenge: Choosing the Right Teaching-Focused Position About my position Are teaching faculty valued? What indicates value? Opportunities Things to consider Recommendations to Education Leaders
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  • About My Teaching Position Background University of Southwestern Louisiana, (now University of Louisiana-Lafayette) PhD in CS, 1998, research in multiparadigm languages Northern Arizona University Lecturer 1993-1998 Associate Professor 1998-1999 University of Arizona 1999-now Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Department Head
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  • Senior Lecturer position at UA Non-tenure track focus on undergraduate education PhD preferred Three year renewable contracts (Im starting my 4 th one) No research expectations, but is appreciated (CS Education Res) Teach two courses/semester (TT faculty teach one) No s