2020 - 2021 IDC Leadership Call for Applications

Applications are now open to join the 2020-2021 cohort of leadership for the Instructor Development Committee

We invite you to complete this short form. Deadline for applications is at the end of day, Monday, 24 August 2020, anywhere on Earth.

May 2020 officially marked the close of a year-long term for our 2019 Instructor Development Committee Leaders. We want to take this opportunity to thank Sarah Stevens, Arindam Basu, Tobin Magle, Marco Chiapello, Dr. Megbowon Kemi, and Martin Dreyer for their engagement, and for lending their time and expertise to different activities that served to improve instructors’ experiences in our community.

Key achievements by this cohort of Instructor Development Committee (IDC) Leaders include:

  • led by Marco Chiapello, supporting a six-month Carpentries Mentorship program cycle in 2019. Here are recordings from the 2019 Mentoring Group’s
  • led by Martin Dreyer, supporting the demand for our community discussion sessions by onboarding new community discussion hosts and managing our community discussions Etherpad throughout 2019. A big thank you to Angelique van Rensburg for overseeing this work in 2020. You can find out more about Discussion Sessions in The Carpentries in this set of blog posts.
  • carrying out a formal assessment of community discussions in The Carpentries and reporting their findings in this blog post.
  • facilitating topical discussions with other instructors in bi-monthly calls in 2019.
  • brainstorming extensively about ways to improve instructor resources and experiences in The Carpentries.
  • detailing a set of ideas for work that can be undertaken by future Instructor Development Committee Leaders.

Apply to serve on our 2020 - 2021 IDC Leaders cohort

The IDC was established to support instructors as they progress through training, teaching, curriculum development, and other community-related activities. The committee promotes community-building and networking by providing (virtual) spaces where instructors from all over the world can share success stories and discuss strategies for overcoming challenges while teaching.

Benefits of Leading the IDC

There are many benefits of leading the IDC. Some include:

  • Collaborating with dedicated members of our community to help mentor and build community.
  • Improving and creating new resources for our instructor and mentoring communities.
  • Collaborating with amazing Carpentries instructors and instructors-in-training.
  • Gaining experience in community organisation.
  • Learning more about how The Carpentries functions as an organisation.

Expectations of IDC Leaders

Here is an outline of what to expect when serving as an IDC leader:

  • Host one of the two monthly Instructor Development Committee meetings. We estimate that each meeting will last for 45 minutes to an hour.
  • Spend an average of two hours/week working on IDC projects and communications.
  • When possible, help host or co-host community discussions. Each discussion session lasts an hour.
  • Communicate challenges and opportunities with The Carpentries Core Team liaison to the Instructor Development Committee, Serah Rono.

Learn More

To understand more about the IDC Leadership program, its history, and other community members’ experiences in serving in this role, here are a few more resources for you to look at:

  1. Toby Hodge’s blog post What’s Involved in Leading a Carpentries Community Committee?
  2. Kari L. Jordan’s blog post thanking the Instructor Development Committee in December 2019.

Apply Today!

Knowing what you now know about the IDC leadership program, if this sounds like something you are keen on undertaking, we invite you to complete this short form. Deadline for applications is the end of day, Monday, 24 August 2020, anywhere on earth.

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