SAVE the DATE TAPIA 2020 Dallas,TX September 16-19, 2020

2019 Tapia Conference

Love Teaching? Consider a Teaching-Track Career!

Friday, September 20, 2019 — 2:30PM - 3:30PM

A teaching-track faculty career can be incredibly fulfilling, and happens to be in incredibly high demand right now, as computer science departments all around the country are struggling with the explosion in student interest. However, many undergraduate and graduate students, despite having had positive experiences as lab and teaching assistants, are unaware the career path even exists. There are often misconceptions about teaching-track faculty careers as well. Students may not realize that many of these positions don’t require a PhD or a degree in computing education, offer sabbatical and housing support, allow the candidates to decide for themselves how much research they intend to engage, are well-paying, and can provide tremendous job satisfaction and international visibility. Faculty with diverse backgrounds have a lot to bring to the table, in terms of serving a diverse student body and shaping CS education. Students in CS0 and CS1 can be inspired by seeing instructors that look like them and are displaying enthusiasm around the material and computer science writ large. This panel will serve as an opportunity for three seasoned teaching faculty to share how they got into the field, their experience, and their advice for students. Panelists will also describe what the positions look like outside their own institutions. There will be ample room for questions. We hope this panel offers an opportunity to find out why this hidden gem of a career might be right for you!

Panel Moderator:
Dan Garcia, Teaching Professor, UC Berkeley

Christine Alvarado, Teaching Professor, UC San Diego
Jeff Forbes, Associate Professor of the Practice, Duke University