New Faculty Symposium

Landing your first academic job is a significant accomplishment that marks the culmination of many years of dedicated effort. It also marks the beginning of a new phase of your life in which you will work towards building a successful academic career.

Challenges abound! During this time you'll need to establish an independent research program, identify great mentors while transitioning into the role of mentoring your own students, balance your career with your personal life, forge new collaborations with colleagues both inside and outside your institution, develop teaching skills and strategies, and figure out the right amount of service to engage in.

The New Faculty Symposium (NFS) is designed to help new Software Engineering faculty members confidently chart a course through these unfamiliar challenges. The symposium features advice and guidance from leading software engineering faculty and researchers based upon their personal experiences and insights into the contemporary community. Ample time for informal and small group interactions allows the attendees to dig deeper into pertinent questions and concerns.

The New Faculty Symposium is intended primarily for those who have recently started their careers or who expect to hold a position in the near future.


We have an exciting schedule of events planned for Tuesday May 23rd with speakers who will share their own experiences in establishing their academic and/or industrial research careers.

Session 1

  • 8.30am: Welcome and Introductions
  • 9.30am: Publication Strategies
    How can you develop your own research agenda? Where should you publish? Should you diversify?
    • Lionel Briand, Université du Luxembourg
    • Matt Dwyer, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA)

10.30am: Coffee Break

Session 2

  • 11.00am-11.45am: Getting your work funded
    How to write a competitive research proposal with advice on fundable topics, writing the proposal, leveraging feedback, and much more...
    • Andreas Zeller, Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany
  • 11.45am-12.30pm: Career Management Panel
    You have your first job -- now how do you manage your career? Our panelists include:
    • Jeff Kramer, Imperial College London, UK
    • Willem Visser, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
    • Jane Cleland-Huang, University of Notre Dame, USA

12.30pm: Lunch Break

Session 3

  • 2.00pm-2.45pm: Mentoring your students
    Transitioning from a mentee to a mentor relationship can be challenging. Gain some helpful insights into how to mentor your own students.
    • Lori Pollock, University of Delaware, USA
  • 2.45pm-3.30pm: Active Learning
    You probably have some teaching experience; but how can you become a great teacher. In this session we will explore techniques to engage students actively in the learning process.
    • Andy Ko, University of Washington, USA
  • 3.30pm-4.00pm: Open discussion about working with students

Session 4

  • 4.30pm-6.00pm: Lessons from the trenches
    Young faculty answer your questions and share their experiences in getting established in their own careers.
    • Antonio Filieri, Imperial College London, UK
    • Maria Christakis, University of Kent, UK
    • Marcelo d'Amorim, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil


The New Faculty Symposium is organized by:
Willem Visser, Stellenbosch University, South Africa (wvisser -at-
Jane Cleland-Huang, University of Notre Dame, USA (janeclelandhuang -at-