The 40th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
March 4-7, 2009, Chattanooga, TN USA

New Teaching Faculty Roundtable (NTFR)

By learning you will teach, by teaching you will learn.
-- Latin Proverb

The New Teaching Faculty Roundtable (NTFR) is a half-day conference to mentor recently-hired teaching faculty and share with them the strategies for success in all aspects of their career. The roundtable is an opportunity for sage elders to share their wisdom and best practices, and for attendees to get answers to any and all questions they might have about this wonderful career. The roundtable will be held noon-5pm on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, immediately before the SIGCSE Symposium. Lunch will be provided.

Definition ... who are Teaching Faculty, anyway?

At some institutions, every faculty member is primarily a teacher, at others there are designated teaching-track positions. We intend "teaching faculty" to include those who consider teaching (vs research) to be their primary job focus. If you expect your career success and personal rewards to be defined mostly/solely by your excellence as an educator, this event is for you!


There are so many hats new teaching faculty must wear! So many requests for time; where to focus the energy so that the case for promotion and retention will be strongest? We've touched on these issues a bit in the Teaching-Track Faculty Birds-of-a-Feather sessions at SIGCSE these last few years. This roundtable will allow us a chance to "dig deep" into these issues in a nurturing and informal setting. Please join us!


Time Activity / Topic
noon - 12:45 pm Register (before noon), get your meal ticket, and take your lunch to our meeting room so that we may break bread together and meet each other, informally.
12:45 pm - 1:00 pm Welcome, introductions, expectations
1:00 pm - 2:50 pm Teaching: We'll share great teaching tips, responsibilities, differences between being a TA and instructor, how/when/where to use feedback, differences between teaching at large schools vs small schools, authoring projects/homework/labs/exams, grading, cheating, webcasting, managing staff, and running effective office hours.
2:50 pm - 3:10 pm Break
3:10 pm - 5:00 pm Everything Else: Advising, scholarship, book authoring, service, course improvement and design, committee work, metrics of promotion, first-class vs second-class citizenhood, and balancing work with life. Interest will help dictate how we focus our time.


The format of the sessions will be panels of senior teaching faculty sharing their experiences, tips, successes and missteps, and we'll have lots of time for questions and answers. Appropriate resource materials will be provided to all participants. It is hoped that participants will form an informal "support group" social network. There is a nominal $25 fee to attend this roundtable.

You may register for this roundtable when you register for the symposium. Our SIGCSE 2009 registration page details all of the registration options.

To have substantive discussions and allow time for questions, we're going to put at cap on registration at 20 participants.

We're also limiting enrollment to recently-hired teaching faculty until the early registration deadline (February 1, 2009), at which point (if we still have space) we'll open it up to others (e.g., not-so-recently-hired teaching faculty and graduate students).


We are looking forward to seeing you there! Feel free to contact both of us directly if you have any questions about the roundtable.

Dan Garcia (
Julie Zelenski (

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