The challenge of becoming a new Assistant Professor 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 New Software Engineering Faculty Symposium (NSEFS) has been organized with the goal of helping new software engineering faculty members feel more comfortable and confident in dealing with these many challenges. NSEFS features presentations by leading academic software engineering researchers who provide advice and guidance based upon their personal experiences and insights into the contemporary academic software engineering community. There is also ample time for informal and small group interactions with the presenters and other attendees.
NSEFS 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.
NSEFS was first held in conjunction with ICSE 01 in Toronto, and has been offered several times since. We have tentative plans to offer this symposium in alternate years at ICSEs. If you have questions about NSEFS, please contact the current or upcoming General Chair for ICSE.
This web page is meant to be be the permanent, online resource site for NSEFS, and we intend to augment it with additional material as appropriate. If you have comments about these pages, or if you have information on other resources for new software engineers that you think should be provided or linked to here, please contact the NSEFS Webmaster:
Gregg Rothermel, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, grother at cse dot unl dot edu