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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 late June-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 3 are below. Please note that we have already tried to work around special holidays and other conferences that already have 2023 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 2 one-hour follow-up sessions in the spring 2024 semester.

Session Schedule

  • February 4, 18
  • March 11, 25
  • April 15, 29
  • May 6, 20: Note that this is the only month that immediately follows a prior session. This was to avoid Mother's Day weekend (also commencements for many) and Memorial Day weekend.
  • June 10, 24
  • Follow-up Sessions: TBD, spring 2024

What is the prep packet?

A curated list of books, videos, and podcast episodes that ensures all participants begin the formal sessions in February with a baseline understanding of identity-related 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 project. Some departments that in prior cohorts purchased copies for participants.

Where can I get the prep packet?

Prep packets are distributed upon acceptance notifications (late June). 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 shown in recent nationwide events, a partial commitment to issues that center identity, equity, inclusion, diversity, and justice is ineffective when it is based on conveniencing participants. Successful completion requires an intentional commitment. 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 a session without prior notification and 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, postdocs, staff, administrators, and other professionals working in computing education. Participants are especially encouraged to partner with others from their institution/organization (including students), if possible. This eliminates one person being responsible for all knowledge transfer and project implementation.

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 selected.

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. Should someone be interested after submission of a team application, then they should submit a separate application by the deadline.

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

Absolutely! We have several Fellows from outside of the U.S.

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 projects to their students. Faculty from all institutions are strongly encouraged to apply.

How should we prepare for this program?

Cohort members will be notified early in June and provided the prep packet to complete.

Can I submit an application after the posted deadline?

We will not accept applications after the posted deadline. 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, should any slots becoming available. We aim to do this in a timely fashion, to allow for the extended time in the summer to begin 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.

If anyone from my organization was accepted, can I still apply late to be a part of their team?

We will not consider new applicants after the submission deadline. Please ensure that you apply before the deadline for consideration.

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 implementing a project dedicated to identity in computing. This list leverages provides 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, 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 spring PD sessions. Our goal is that you complete as much of the prep packet 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 provided. Participants are encouraged to leverage audiobook format 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, and discussions of how computing impacts and is impacted by computing (including people, policies, and practices). By the end of the program, participants can expect to have increased understanding, comfort discussing/developing/leading projects, and a community 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 project related to these topics at your home institution. If you are a student/postdoc, then this may be a project for your current/future institution (upon entering a professional position). This project 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 project no later than the spring 2024 semester.

Do participants receive a stipend?

No.

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 full completion of the program in spring, 2024.