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The Instructor Development Committee

Purpose and Scope

The Committee was established in 2015 (originally the Mentoring Subcommittee) to develop and maintain a mentorship program to support instructors as they progress through training, teaching, curriculum development, and other community-related activities. We help promote community-building and networking by providing (virtual) spaces where instructors from all over the world can share teaching success stories and discuss strategies for overcoming challenges. In August 2018, the group was renamed to the Instructor Development Committee to reflect the wider focus of its activity and to avoid confusion with the Mentoring Groups Program.

What We Do

Instructor Discussion Sessions

Each week, volunteers host two instructor discussion sessions. The sessions provide a forum where experienced and novice instructors can discuss past and/or upcoming workshops. Instructors who have just taught, are about to teach, or have just completed instructor training will receive an email invitation to these meetings, but these sessions are open to anyone.

To find an upcoming session, visit this etherpad.

Mentoring Groups

Mentoring groups support instructors by matching them with a personal mentor. Mentors will guide small groups (~4-5) of mentees, guiding them through specific goals including preparing to teach a workshop, maintaining lessons, building local communities, and organizing workshops.

See this page for a full outline of the program.

Committee Meetings

The Instructor Development Committee itself meets on the third Monday of every month to evaluate current activities, and propose new activities. Minutes of past meetings are available here. All community members are welcome to attend these meetings. Similarly, we welcome anyone who is interested in joining up and helping out!

To attend our next meeting, visit this etherpad.

Join Us!

Any Software, Library or Data Carpentry community member is welcome to participate in Instructor Development Committee activities and/or join the committee itself! Some different options for getting involved are given below.

I would like to:

  • join a small group to receive mentoring from experienced instructors OR
  • mentor new instructors
  • discuss workshop experiences with other instructors OR
  • ask questions of other instructors as I prepare to teach
    • Attend an instructor discussion session by signing up on this etherpad.
  • help lead discussion sessions among instructors
  • support current mentoring/development activities or initiate new ones OR
  • join the Instructor Development Committee

For a complete summary of different mentoring roles, see this page.

Training Committee Liaison

  • Erin Becker

Executive Council Liaison

  • Raniere Silva

Staff Liaison

Current Members

* membership list based on attendance of ≥2 subcommittee meetings since October 2016.

Past Members

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