The goal of the NSF-funded FLIP (Diversifying Future Leadership in the Professoriate) Alliance is to address the broadening participation challenge of increasing the diversity of the future leadership in the professoriate in computing at research universities as a way to achieve diversity across the field.  In particular, the problem that we address is stark and straightforward: only 4.3% of the current tenure-track faculty in computing at these universities are from underrepresented groups.

The FLIP Alliance solution is equally stark and straightforward: we intentionally bring together the very small number of departments responsible for producing the majority of the professoriate with individuals and organizations that understand how to recruit, retain, and develop students from underrepresented groups in order to create a network that can quickly and radically change the demographic diversity of the professoriate across the entire field.

The challenge is important to address because diverse faculty contributes to academia in a number of critical ways:

  • Serve as excellent role models for a diverse study body
  • Bring diverse backgrounds to the student programs and policies developed by the department.  It is recognized that faculty generally set such policies and programs.
  • Bring diverse perspectives to the research projects and programs.

Further, in practice, key national leadership roles, such as serving on national committees that impact the field of computing, often come from research universities.

The FLIP Alliance consists of FLIP Advocates at the following institutions, which were found to be the largest producers of computer science faculty at research universities [based upon the analysis by Jeff Huang]:

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Cornell University
  • Georgia Tech
  • Harvard University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Princeton University
  • Stanford University
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • University of Texas
  • University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • University of Washington

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Through the partnership of Google and CMD-IT FLIP Alliance, we are excited to extend two new Fellowship Grants!

Submission site: Google-CMD-IT FLIP Alliance Fellowship/Launch Grants 2020

The Submission Deadline has been extended to May 29, 2020

Google-FLIP Dissertation Grant

Candidates: FLIP Fellows within one year of completing PhD

1. Four one-year grants in the amount of $25,000 each to be awarded at the end of the one year
2. FLIP Fellows will be invited to Google to give an invited talk

Submission Requirements:

Recommendation letter, research statement, personal statement about career aspirations, fellowship description (describing how funds will be used) and CV

Google-FLIP Academic Launch Grant

Candidates: FLIP Fellows pursuing academic positions

1. One grant in the amount of $50,000 that will go to the institution for which the FLIP
Fellow has accepted an academic position to help launch the research program
2. At the end of the first year in the academic position, the FLIP Fellow will be invited to
Google to give an invited talk

Submission Requirements:

Recommendation letter, research statement, launch grant description (describing how funds will be used in academia) and CV

Remember, FLIP Fellows must be from any of the following communities: African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans or People with Disabilities. Only students with disabilities can be international students.

Key Dates

Submission Deadline: May 29, 2020
Recommendation Letter Deadline: June 5, 2020
Application Review: June 8 – 15, 2020
Decision Notification: June 19, 2020

Please contact Mikeva Nauden, if you have any questions.

The FLIP Alliance is funded by an NSF INCLUDES grant, HRD-1806229, awarded in 2017. This two-year grant provides the needed funding to launch and demonstrate the effectiveness of strategies focused on recruiting and retaining diverse doctoral students at the FLIP institutions. After two years, the FLIP Alliance will focus on strategic dimensions for scaling the effective programs. The principal investigators on the grant are Valerie Taylor (University of Chicago), Charles Isbell (Georgia Tech), and Jeffrey Forbes (Duke University), with Stafford Hood and Denice Hood at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign as senior personnel to oversee the evaluation and assessment.

For questions regarding the FLIP Alliance contact: Valerie Taylor, CMD-IT CEO