Academic Alliance

The NCWIT Academic Alliance (AA) focuses on changing the local conditions that create barriers to attracting and graduating women in postsecondary computing by adopting and contributing research-based practices. The AA brings together more than 1,700 distinguished representatives from more than 500 colleges and universities nationwide.

See the full list of members here and a dynamic map of where members are located here. To join us as a new academic alliance institution complete the free registration form here.

Academic Alliance member benefits include:

  • Access to leading-edge effective practices for recruiting and retaining women
  • Two free registrations to NCWIT's annual Summit
  • Opportunities to attend workshops and compare practices with other institutions
  • Ability to apply for funding opportunities
  • Listed on NCWIT's Academic Alliance dynamic map and webpages
  • Participation in NCWIT marketing and branding campaigns
  • Publicize your opportunities via NCWIT Social Media by sending your post here
  • Your students are eligible to join the Aspirations in Computing community and apply for student opportunities
  • Apply for free consultative programs such as Pacesetters and Extension Services
  • NCWIT will automatically share any of your technical jobs posted on Indeed on NCWIT's Jobs with Members page
  • Use of member tools to track goals and enrollment data (see ACT and Tracking Tool details below)

For more information concerning membership look at what our members are doing, view the AA bylaws and Membership Agreement, fill out this form, or contact the AA program director, Kim Kalahar, or one of the AA Co-Chairs:

The Academic Alliance also supports two other Projects within NCWIT: NCWIT Extension Services for Undergraduate Programs and NCWIT Pacesetters. NCWIT Extension Services (ES) provides customized consultation services to members of the NCWIT Academic Alliance (AA) for implementing systemic change in their undergraduate programs (UP) in ways that increase enrollment, retention, and graduation of women, while NCWIT Pacesetters is a fast-track program in which senior executives from startups, corporations, universities, and government commit to increasing their numbers of technical women. Please use the links above to learn more about how you can become involved with these great projects.

Download the AA Information Sheet

Member Tools

Use the NCWIT Activity and Change Tracker (ACT) to track your activities — a collaborative, online tool for NCWIT Alliance Members to share their broadening participation in computing efforts with all supporters and followers of NCWIT.

ACT Tracker

The NCWIT Tracking Tool is open to Academic Alliance members. This online evaluation tool helps academic departments evaluate efforts for recruiting and retaining students, by collecting and charting enrollment and outcome data (i.e., attrition, retention, completions) by major.

Tracking Tool

Academic Alliance Leadership

Academic Alliance Leaders

Standing from left to right: Current 2017-2018 AA Co-chairs: Cheryl Calhoun, Robert Beck, Maureen Doyle
Seated: AA Program Director Kim Kalahar and outgoing Co-chair Maureen Biggers

Alliance Leadership

Robert Beck

2015-2018 AA Co-chair
Villanova University

Cheryl Calhoun

2017-2020 AA Co-chair
Santa Fe College

Maureen Doyle

2016-2019 AA Co-chair
Northern Kentucky University

Maureen Biggers

2009-2012 & 2015-2017 AA Co-chair
Indiana University

Patricia Morreale

2013-2016 AA Co-chair
Kean University

Sharon Mason

2014-2015 AA Co-chair
Rochester Institute of Technology

Charlie McDowell

2012-2015 AA Co-chair
University of California - Santa Cruz

Margaret Burnett

2011-2014 AA Co-chair
Oregon State University

Christine Alvarado

2012-2013 AA Co-chair
University of California - San Diego

Nancy Amato

2009-2011 AA Co-chair
Texas A&M University - College Station

Andrew B. Williams

2009-2011 AA Co-chair
University of Kansas

Carla Ellis

2008-2009 AA Co-chair
Duke University

J Strother Moore

2008-2009 AA Co-chair
University of Texas - Austin

Kim Kalahar

AA Program Director
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