Programs & Initiatives for Faculty

The following are the current programs and initiatives of the CEWIT Faculty Alliance.  To find out more about any of these programs and initiatives, make sure you're on our mailing list by joining CEWiT so you'll receive event notifications.

New Faculty Reception

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At the beginning of each academic year, the Faculty Leadership Team invites all female faculty, especially those who are brand new to IUB, to a CEWiT-sponsored welcome reception hosted by IU First Lady and CEWIT Co-Founder Laurie Burns McRobbie. 

Faculty & Ph.D. Salons

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CEWiT Salons provide a venue for faculty and Ph.D. students from multiple schools and disciplines to network, socialize, and learn about the research and/or teaching of colleagues across multiple schools and disciplines. These gatherings occur each month during the academic year and feature informal networking, refreshments, and a discussion about using technology in research and teaching. These discussions are often the result of two to three faculty presenting lightning talks about how their teaching and research, but we may also provide hands-on demonstrations of technology and/or tours of technology resources on campus.

The days and times of the Salons vary from month to month in order to provide a convenient time for as many schedules as possibleSalon participants have told us they enjoy these events because it allows them to "get outside their bubbles" and meet other faculty and Ph.D. students while helping them to discover how to improve their teaching and research with technology.  

CEWiT Circles

CEWiT Circles members discuss programming

CEWiT Advancement Circles provide dedicated time for IU's women faculty to actively focus on tenure and promotion by enhancing technological skills for writing, research, and teaching. Circles offer the structure and resources necessary to develop new technological skills; provide a dedicated, focused, and supportive atmosphere; and offer opportunities for faculty community-building and collaboration. Women faculty of any rank from any department at Indiana University are welcome to join a circle; each circle is composed of 5-8 affiliates. CEWiT is open to women across all disciplines; our current 430 faculty affiliates are from a wide range of disciplines across all schools and the College.

CEWiT Advancement Circles aim to address the needs of faculty women within three primary focus areas: digital tools for research and scholarship, tech tools for writing, and tech tools for teaching.  Each focus area is rooted with advancement in mind and includes work/life balance and networking components. We will empower faculty affiliates with the technological equipment and skills to strengthen and support academic excellence.

A list of current Circles can be found here.  If you are interested in joining an existing Circle, if you have a suggestion for a topic for a new Circle, or if you are interested in volunteering to be a leader, please email Jennifer Turrentine, Assistant Director of Cross-Alliance Initiatives.

Emerging Scholars Research Experiences for Undergraduate Women

(joint program with the CEWiT Student Alliance, and sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and the College of Arts and Sciences)

A faculty member mentors an REU participant

The Emerging Scholars Research Experiences for Undergraduate Women (CEWiT REU-W) program, which began in 2014, pairs freshmen and sophomore women at IU Bloomington with faculty mentors who conduct research that actively engages students with computing and/or technology. The students conduct 8 to 10 hours of research a week with the faculty mentor, learning hands-on valuable research skills while also earning a scholarship money. Additionally, the students take a 2-credit undergraduate research methods class that focuses on continuing to develop research skills, project planning, giving elevator speeches and project progress reports, asking critical questions, designing and critiquing posters, and more. At the end of the spring term, all students also participate in a poster session. Students who submit an accepted proposal to continue their research after the first year will receive an additional scholarship money for the next enrolled semester. Mentors also receive some funds for their participation.

CEWiT recruits faculty mentors for each academic year during the summer.  

CEWiT Conversations

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CEWiT Conversations are casual meetings for faculty to meet old and new CEWiT friends, ask questions, look for collaborators, search for technical competencies, find out what CEWiT is all about, or just have a nice chat to take your mind off work for a short time over coffee and cookies. These informal meetings are somewhere between speed networking and speed mentoring, but with a less defined format. 

CEWiT Conversations take place more or less every 2 weeks at varying times, in order to provide a convenient time for as many schedules as possible.

Faculty Workshops

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The Faculty Leadership Team frequently partners with other groups at IU to present workshops for faculty on various technology-related topics.  Previous faculty workshops include:

  • Making the Most of Your Mobiile Device
  • Top Ten Tech Tips for Faculty
  • Unconscious Bias and Growing Male Advocates
  • Use of Personal Power as the Basis of Influence
  • Introduction to 3D Printing

 The Faculty Leadership Team also plans a track of workshops for Faculty at CEWiT’s annual technology conference each spring.