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Best Practices Memos &
Practices Memo: Promotion and Tenure of Interdisciplinary Faculty, September 2008.
Practices Memo: University-Industry Sponsored Research Agreements, September
Practices Memo: Commercialization Oversight for Computer Research Departments,
July 2001. Prepared by David Patterson (University of California, Berkeley) and
Larry Snyder (University of Washington), July 2001. The relentless pressure to
innovate in the information technology industry has drawn university researchers
and graduate students into entrepreneurial situations to an increasing degree.
The trend affects the academic enterprise in diverse ways, both favorable and
unfavorable. The risks and rewards are outlined, and the concept of a
Commercialization Oversight Committee is described as a mechanism that can
facilitate the best outcomes when interests conflict.
Practices Memo, Evaluating Computer Scientists and Engineers For Promotion and
Tenure, August 1999. Prepared by David Patterson (University of California,
Berkeley), Lawrence Snyder (University of Washington), and Jeffrey Ullman
(Stanford University) the document comments on the tenure review process in
departments of computer science and engineering. This document is also available
in PDF format (as it was first printed
in Computing Research News) and PS
A set of slides on "Why choose a Ph.D. in CS?" (440 KB PDF). Please feel free to use these.
Graduate Student Information Guide
(213 KB PDF): this booklet is filled with questions, advice, and details to help plan an approach to graduate school.
Mentoring Workshops Booklet
(383 KB PDF) contains the wisdom and experiences from nearly a decade
of workshops on topics such as "Getting a Job," "Building a Research
Career," "Obtaining Federal Funding," "Time Management," "Networking
and Professional Social Interaction," "Perspectives from the Smaller
Computing Research Challenges in Biomedicine Workshop Recommendations
(45 KB PDF). The result of a
workshop held June 15-16, 2006.
Grand Research Challenges report:
Revitalizing Computer Architecture Research. The result of a workshop
held in December 2005.
Four Grand Challenges in
Trustworthy Computing (215 KB PDF). The result of a
workshop held November 16-19, 2003.
Cyberinfrastructure for Education and
Learning for the Future: a Vision and Research Agenda (170 KB PDF). This report is the result of a series of workshops organized to explore where we are in the application of pervasive computing
power to education, and where we need to be. In particular, the intent was to develop a map of
where NSF can strategically place its resources in creating the learning environments of the future.
The final report
stemming from NITRD's
on the Road Map for the Revitalization of High End Computing, December
on Research Related to National Security: Report and Recommendations,
September 2003. Also available as a
Grand Research Challenges in Information Systems Final
Report, September 2003 (410 KB PDF). The Conference website can
be found here.
(21 KB PDF) of
Andy van Dam at the
Symposium on Allocation of Federal Resources for Science and Technology, May 22,
2001. The Symposium
focused on the National Science Board's draft discussion document,
Scientific Allocation of Scientific Resources. Dr. van Dam is the T. J. Watson Professor of Technology and Education and
Professor of Computer Science at Brown University.
Research Challenges for the Next Generation Internet(346
KB PDF). A report resulting from the Workshop on Research Directions
for the Next Generation Internet, held May 12-14, 1997.
Computing Research: A National Investment for Leadership in the 21st Centuryis
a booklet which uses case studies by industry leaders to illustrate how
multi-billion-dollar industries have been created by modest federal
investments in fundamental research in information technology.
Setting a Computer Science Agenda for Education Technology,
1996 (263 KB PDF) A report from a workshop sponsored by CRA and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
R&D for the NII: Technical Challenges,
1994. A report resulting from a symposium held February 28 - March 1, 1994
Culture, Society and Advanced Information Technology,
1996. A report sponsored by CRA and the American Anthropological Association.
Workforce and History Reports
Recruiting and Retaining Women Graduate Students in Computer Science and Engineering (159 KB PDF). This NSF-funded study was initiated to test the validity of an earlier report, "Recruitment and Retention of Women Graduate Students in Computer Science and Engineering" (Cuny and Aspray, 2001). It summarizes and expands on the results of a 2006 workshop and outlines research-based practices likely to promote gender balance in graduate computing programs.
Using History to
Teach Computer Science and Related Disciplines, 2004 (1.8 MB PDF).
Stemming from a series of NSF-funded workshops, this report offers
innovative ideas on how to use the rich, empirical material of history to
enhance student learning and appreciation for fundamental concepts in
computer science and related disciplines. Reports by twenty authors are
divided into five parts: 1) two introductory papers; 2) six essays on
curricular issues and strategies; 3) twelve course syllabi; 4) five
historical case studies; and 5) two essays on key resources in the history
of computing. Copies ($15.00 each) can be requested by e-mailing
email@example.com or by calling (202)
and Retention of Faculty in Computer Science and Engineering (523
KB PDF). This NSF-funded study was
initiated because of CRA's concern about the effect that faculty departing for
industry might have on the ability of universities to carry out their research
and teaching missions. It provides recommendations for recruiting and retaining
faculty and outlines areas where additional research is needed. The results of
five surveys that were conducted during the course of the study appear in the
and Retention of Women Graduate Students in Computer Science and Engineering
(193 KB PDF). The report, written by Janice Cuny (U. of Oregon) and William Aspray (CRA),
is the result of a workshop that was held in June, 2000. Workshop participants
included long-time members of the CSE academic and research communities, social
scientists engaged in relevant research, and directors of successful retention
efforts. The report's goal is to provide departments with practical advice on
recruitment and retention in the form of a set of specific recommendations.
A committee convened by the
to Diversify Computing (CDC) released a report entitled
and Retention of Underrepresented Minority Graduate Students in Computer Science
(212 KB PDF).
The report offers 25 practical suggestions for graduate departments to consider.
These suggestions cover specific recruitment tactics, means to facilitate early
success in graduate school, retention methods, and organizational issues such as
best ways of providing financial support. The committee was co-chaired by Andrew
Bernat (University of Texas at El Paso) and William Aspray (Computing Research
Association). The study was sponsored by the National Science Foundation and
PACI, with staff support from CRA.
CRA Testimony on the underrepresentation of women and minorities in computing,
given by Edward D. Lazowska, Chair, Board of Directors, Computing
Research Association, and Chair, Department of Computer Science &
Engineering, University of Washington before the Commission on the
Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering, and
Technology Development (CAWMSET), October 6, 1999.
The Supply of Information Technology Workers in the United States,
a study to improve the understanding of the supply of and demand for
information technology (IT) workers in the United States, and the
surrounding contextual issues.
Women in Computer
brochure, written for high school and early undergraduate students,
profiles the life stories of successful women in CSE. Biographies
include family and/or outside activities of the women as well as
employment responsibilities and interests.
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