29th Int. Conference on Software Engineering® 20 - 26 May 2007

New Software Engineering Faculty Symposium 2007

A Full-Day Symposium to be held on Monday May 21, 2007
In conjunction with ICSE 2007 May 2007, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Venue: Duluth Room


Leon J. Osterweil, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA,

Goals and Objectives

The challenge of becoming a new teaching faculty member at a research university is one that most people accept with enthusiasm and energy, but also with some trepidation. One’s tenure track appointment is a signal accomplishment and the culmination of many years of hard work. But, simultaneously, it signals the start of another round of hard work and challenges that are new and often unfamiliar. Among these new challenges are establishing an independent research program, learning how to teach, learning how to mentor, and deciding how to balance career and personal life. For a new software engineering faculty member there are additional challenges such as obtaining financial support, supervising the development of software systems, and dealing with skeptical faculty colleagues from other disciplines.

The purpose of NSEFS 07 is to help new software engineering faculty members to feel more comfortable and confident in dealing with these many challenges. NSEFS 07 will feature presentations by leading academic software engineering researchers who will provide advice and guidance based upon their personal experiences and insights into the contemporary academic software engineering community. There will also be ample time for informal and small group interactions with the presenters and other attendees.

NSEFS 07 is designed to be a service to those who are within two years of (either before or after) their initial tenure track academic appointment, although the symposium may be of significant interest and value to others.

Tentative Program


 Welcome, Introductions, Overview of the Day (Lee Osterweil, University of Massachusetts, USA)


 Mapping out a Research Agenda


 Publication Strategies






 Teaching and Mentoring Students


 LUNCH Obtaining Research Funding (breakout groups by nationality)


 How to (improve the chances that you will) get a paper accepted at ICSE/FSE/ASE


 How to get Promoted


 Time Allocation: Balancing Research, Teaching, and Service






 How to Have a Life as Well as a Career--and Why!


 A view from the trenches -- Panel of successful young faculty members


 Summary and final advice

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