Teaching basic lab skills
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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.

  • 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.

  • 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. As a group, we posted 25 post-workshop debriefing blogs last year. Click this link for links to these blogs sorted by date.

Join Us

Email the Mentoring Subcommittee to get involved.

We welcome new members to the Mentoring Subcommittee with open arms!

Hosting discussion sessions: If you have taught at at least 2 workshops and enjoy discussing teaching and Software Carpentry, feel free to sign up as a co-host for our regularly hosted discussion sessions, found at this etherpad.

Mentoring committee activities: If you are interested in joining our community-building efforts, please send a email to mentoring@lists.software-carpentry.org.Currently, members of the Mentoring Subcommittee spend around 2-8 hours each month with subcommittee activities, these include:

  • attending bi-month subcommittee meetings where ongoing projects and new ideas are discussed; see our meeting etherpad
  • hosting one or two instructor discussion sessions per month; see the discussion etherpads
  • writing blog posts about our ongoing and proposed activities
  • and possibly more! We're open to new ideas!

Current Members

Belinda Weaver @cloudaus
Bill Mills @billdoesphysics
Carol Willing @WillingCarol
Christina Koch, Chair @_christinaLK
Daniel Chen @chendaniely
Karin Lagesen @karinlag
Kate Hertweck @k8hert
Marian Schmidt @micro_marian
Mariela Perignon
Michael Sarahan
Phil Rosenfield @philrosenfield
Rayna Harris @raynamharris
Susan McClatchy @SueMcclatchy
Tiffany Timbers @TiffanyTimbers
Tracy Teal @tracykteal

Dialogue & Discussion

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