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CRA-W @ GHC 2014 Leadership. Lori Pollock, University of Delaware Kathryn S McKinley, Microsoft Research. Industry/government labs. Graduate Students. Undergraduates. Academic careers. What does CRA-W do? I ndividual & Group Research Mentoring.

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Cra w @ ghc 2014 leadership

CRA-W @ GHC 2014Leadership

Lori Pollock, University of Delaware

Kathryn S McKinley, Microsoft Research

What does cra w do i ndividual group research mentoring

Industry/government labs

Graduate Students


Academic careers

What does CRA-W do?Individual & Group Research Mentoring

Undergrads UndergraduateResearch Experiences

Undergrads Distinguished lecture role models

Grad Cohort group mentoring of graduate students

Grad Students Discipline Specific Research workshops

PhD Researchers group mentoring early & mid career @ CMW, CAPP, Grace Hopper & Tapia

600+ students & PhDs a year

Does it work
Does it work?


Compares program participants to non-participants

The next hour of your life
The next hour of your life

A bit about Lori and Kathryn

Leadership activities – reflect & report out

  • Which positions?

  • Why or why not?

  • Challenges

  • Tips & Pitfalls

Lori pollock professor university of delaware

More Effective Software Practitioners

Support code understanding, search,

testing, maintenance and evolution

Lori PollockProfessor, University of Delaware

Automated testing

Improved tools through source code name analysis

Decision-making support for energy efficiency

+ Leadership


CRA-W co-chair

CRA-W Grad Cohort co-chair

General Chair, Grace Hopper Celebration, ISSTA

CS10K Project Leader in state of Delaware

Assoc Editor, ACM TOSEM

Kathryn mckinley principal researcher microsoft

Program committees – lots

Faculty recruiting- chair


Program Chair


CRA-W co-chair


Better systems

Programmable, correct, fast, secure, energy efficient

Kathryn McKinleyPrincipal Researcher, Microsoft

Uncertain<T> programming with estimates

Immix Garbage Collection

DaCapo Benchmarks

Software / hardware cooperation

+ Leadership

Choosing leadership roles
Choosing Leadership Roles

Personal Reflection Activity

Write down

All your positions with leadership

  • formal or informal

    Why you took on these positions

Declining leadership roles
Declining Leadership Roles

Personal Reflection Activity

Write down

All the leadership positions you declined, when asked

Why you said NO!

Leadership challenges
Leadership Challenges

Table Activity- 10 minutes

In your group,

  • List leadership challenges you have experienced or believe occur

How to be un successful in leadership
How to be (Un) Successful in Leadership

Table Activity- 5 minutes

At your table,

1. List tips & advice for success

2. List pitfalls for failure



Doing an excellent job creates the next opportunity!

Thank you thanks to our sponsors

Thank you & thanks to our sponsors

Private Foundation

University Departments

Leadership get something done you believe in
LeadershipGet something done you believe in

Formal & Informal

  • Internal & external – Large grant, department head/chair, officer in professional society, Program Chair, NSF PM, CRA Board, simple as speaking up

    New Initiatives

  • Non-permanent activities that may, but don’t have to, become institutionalized– Grants, workshops, courses, IP policy committee, University ad hoc committees

    New Programs

  • permanent & institutionalized activities – College of Computing, Interdisciplinary Conference, NSF program

Research leadership
Research Leadership

Visible research efforts

  • Collaborative grants, [new] workshops,

    Say yes to important (not all) research service

  • program committees, grant review panels

  • PC chair, editorial boards, ACM/CRA committees

  • mentor junior faculty in your discipline

    Make your research visible

  • cultivate senior research leaders

  • give great talks at workshops, Universities, companies, labs

  • go to YOUR conference every year

  • place your students well – their success is yours!

    Doing an excellent job creates the next opportunity!

Service builds leadership recognition impact
Service builds Leadership, Recognition, Impact


Professional &Research Community





Impacts research leadership visibility

impacts leadership students community

Choose service that matters choose a theme focus


Choose Service that Matters!Choose a Theme/Focus


Faculty Eval

Journal Editor

SIG Board

CRA Women


Curriculum Reform




Career Benefit

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