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The Mentoring Subcommittee

Purpose and Scope

The Mentoring Subcommittee was established in 2015 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.

What We Do

Instructor Discussion Sessions

Each week, we host four 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 link: http://pad.software-carpentry.org/instructor-discussion

Instructor-Helper Retreat

In November 2015, Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry instructors and helpers got together together at sites around the world for a day of sharing skills, trying out new lessons and ideas and discussing all things instructor and helper related.

To see the schedule for the 2015 retreat, visit: http://swcarpentry.github.io/instructor-retreat-2015/

Archived: Pre- and Post- Workshop Debriefing Session

Before launching the Instructor Discussion Sessions, we used to host separate pre- and post-workshop debriefing sessions. We are grateful to all the hosts and participants who attended these sessions.

Mailing List

The best way to contact this subcommittee is via the mailing list, which is archived here.


We blog about our ongoing and proposed activities. Past blog posts are available here.


We have occasional meetings. Minutes of past meetings are available here.

Join Us!

We welcome new members to the subcommittee. If you are interested in joining our community-building efforts, please email the mailing list.

Steering Comittee Liaison

Current Members

Past Members