3C Fellows FAQ

Is the program only for those in computing disciplines??

No. While it was originally designed for computing faculty (because of the obvious issues in the field), we quickly realized that the topics covered are applicable to other disciplines (including math, engineering, etc.), especially those with any computational/quantitative focus.

How long is the program?

For year 1, the program spans the entire academic year in two parts. First, participants are expected to complete all required material in the prep packet (self-paced) from August-January. Periodic check-ins are submitted to ensure participants are completing this necessary work. The formal sessions are scheduled from Feb-June and include bimonthly professional development sessions(Saturdays 12-2pm EST). All dates for Cohort 2 are below. Please note that we have already tried to work around special holidays and other conferences that already have 2022 dates. Between sessions, participants will have pre-review material specific to the upcoming session to complete. For year 2, participants will be expected to participate in two follow-up sessions in the spring 2023 semester.

Session Schedule

What is the prep packet?

A curated list of books, videos, and podcast materials that ensures all participants begin the formal sessions in February with a baseline understanding of identity-inclusive topics.

Do I have to purchase all of the books in the prep packet?

We do not provide copies of any books in the prep packet. However, if you do not want to purchase your own copies, your institution’s library may provide copies of these books for free (audiobook or print form). We note though that it is a good idea to obtain your own personal copies (in whatever form), as you may include these (and more) in your future deliverables. Some departments that participated as a team in Cohort 1 purchased copies for all who participated.

Where can I get the prep packet?

Prep packets are distributed upon acceptance notifications (August). We provide these in a timely manner to ensure participants have time between the fall and February to complete all material.

Will we have to participate in person?

The program is fully virtual.

I can’t participate for the full time period. Can I participate for a specific window of time?

As we’ve seen in this country, a partial commitment to issues that center identity, equity, inclusion, and social justice don’t work when they are done only when it is convenient for participants. Successful completion requires being intentional and committed. The program was carefully designed to respect participants’ time, while providing a solid foundation that (future) computing educators/professionals can build upon and a community of practice that can be leveraged during the program and beyond. This requires full participation (both the bimonthly sessions as well as external activities). While we understand that extenuating circumstances happen, participants who miss two (2) sessions that are not truly extenuating will be removed from the program.

Can I still participate if I’m not faculty?

We recognize that faculty are not the only people who may be interested. To this extent, participation is open to K-12 educators, Ph.D. students, postdoctoral researchers, and other professionals who work in computing education. Participants are especially encouraged to partner with others from their institution/organization (including faculty/student partnerships), if possible. This eliminates one person being responsible for all knowledge transfer and deliverable development.

Can I still participate if I don’t have a partner?

Yes.

Can more than two participants from an institution/organization participate?

Absolutely! The more participants from one institution/organization, the better! Please ensure that the person submitting the application includes all partner names/emails,to ensure they receive prep packets and future correspondence.

If I am applying with a partner/team, does everyone have to complete the application?

The application allows the first team member to list all other participants, so only one submission is required. Please make sure that whoever submits the application includes all team members.

Is this program open to faculty at institutions outside the U.S.?

Absolutely! We hope that faculty from institutions across the world are interested in participating and welcome applications!

Is this program only for faculty from specific types of universities?

No. There is significant value in computing faculty from ALL types of institutions bringing these types of deliverables to their students. Faculty from all institutions are strongly encouraged to apply.

How should we prepare for this program?

Cohort 2 members will be notified early August and will receive the prep packet to complete.

Can I submit an application after the posted deadline?

We will not accept applications after the posted deadline. Please ensure that you submit it prior to this time. This also applies to participants interested in joining an accepted team. Please take time to discuss within your organization before submission.

What if we are not accepted?

To ensure participants are able to effectively engage throughout the program, we have a limited capacity of participants. Those selected for the next cohort have a small window to confirm participation. Other participants will be waitlisted and notified in the event of any slots becoming available. We aim to do this in a timely fashion, to allow for the extended time in the fall to complete the prep packet. In the event that you or your team are not selected for this cohort, then we encourage you to please apply for the next one.

There are participants from my organization who already submitted before the deadline and were accepted. Can I be added since they applied in time?

We will not accept new participants. Please ensure that you are a part of the original application before the deadline.

What if I haven’t completed all of the required materials before the start date?

We curated a list of material that every participant should complete before attempting to create/implement a deliverable dedicated to identity in computing. This book list leverages social science and more to provide context for topics that we are not usually taught in computing programs. As such, it is extremely important that participants follow the requirements in the prep packet as much as possible. These provide, at minimum, the context to begin the program and a common foundation for all participants to start with (ensuring that we maximize your time in the program). We provide check-in points throughout the fall semester in preparation for the start date. Our goal is that you complete as much of the required reading (itemized in the prep packet) as possible prior to beginning the program. Solving the systemic issues in computing require heavy lifting and a commitment to this work. As such, we ask that your commitment begins with the material we provide. Participants are encouraged to leverage audiobook format for completion as well if physical copies consume more time.

What can we expect during this program?

A great and impactful experience! No, seriously. In addition to the resource list provided in the prep packet, you can expect presentations and discussions with leading experts in social science as well as computing education, intentional discussions around topics of identity, discrimination, racism, bias, privilege, and how all of these not only impact computing environments, but also the technologies that are created. By the end of the program, participants can expect to have increased understanding, comfort discussing/developing/leading deliverables, and a community of peers to collaborate with throughout the program and beyond!

Do I have to create/teach a course related to these topics at my institution if I participate?

While we hope that you will be interested in doing so, the expectation is to develop a significant deliverable related to these topics at your home institution. If you are a student/postdoc, then this may be a proposed deliverable for your current institution or a future institution (upon entering a professional position). This deliverable can take a number of different forms beyond a course (which is also why we encourage team participation). Note that all paricipants are expected to implement their deliverable no later than the spring 2023 semester.

Do participants receive a stipend?

As this work is not currently funded, participants will not receive a stipend.

Is there a cost for participation?

There is no cost to participate other than the investment of time (and any books purchased).

Will I get a certificate of completion for the program?

Yes, all fellows receive an electronic copy of a certificate of completion of the program upon completing the two follow-up sessions in spring, 2023.