Staff and Student Workforce Development

The Staff and Student Workforce Development Interest Groups were formed in 2022 as part of the RCD Nexus project. During the Nexus Day event held July 10, 2022 in conjunction with the PEARC22 conference, there was an all-day workshop to address student and staff workforce development concerns. A summary of this workshop can be found here. It was quickly recognized that there was great overlap between the two groups and therefore they were combined to form a single interest group. 

The focus of these interest groups is to:

  • Support current research computing and data (RCD) professionals
  • Provide information for people looking to become an RCD professional
  • Provide information to institutions looking to establish RCD workforce development programs

These groups will curate information from existing, successful programs in order to develop leading practices for:

  • Staff onboarding, training, and development
  • Student program development

In a recent interest group meeting, participant input resulted in the following word cloud.

Join Us!

Everyone is welcome to join the calls and the mailing lists. Navigate to one or both of the links below depending on your interest(s)and click “Ask to Join”. Please include your name, institution, group/division/etc., and job title in the “Reason for Joining” box.

  • Staff Workforce Development
  • Student Workforce Development

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Monthly Calls

We are happy to announce the official launch of the CaRCC Staff and Student Workforce Development Interest Group calls! Calls will take place the second Tuesday of each month at 11am PT, 12pm MT, 1pm CT, 2pm ET and will generally alternate between staff and student topics. Our December call (12/13) will focus on student workforce development and the January call (1/10) will focus on staff issues – but all are welcome to join both calls, as there is a lot of overlap and common themes.

Upcoming Calls

March 14th call (staff) agenda

  • Phases of an RCD Career: what are they and how do we define them?
  • What the heck is an actual RCD career? Spoiler alert: it’s you and what you do! In this session let’s talk about the different phases of a career from beginning a new position and starting a new career to becoming a national leader in RCD and everything in between! RCD professional careers are complex, evolving, and multidimensional. We’ll start with an update from the CaRCC Career Arcs Working Group and then, we’ll begin to develop a shared understanding and vocabulary of the different phases, which will provide a foundation for examples, timelines, needs, and existing resources that we discover. We’ll look at the RCD career from an individual’s perspective, as well as from the perspective of an RCD program.

April 11th call (student) agenda

  • Agenda TBD

Interest Group Co-Chairs

  • Tom Cheatham – University of Utah (student-focused)
  • Betsy Hillery – Purdue University (student-focused) 
  • Timothy Middelkoop – Internet2 (staff-focused)
  • Claire Mizumoto – University of California San Diego (staff-focused) 
  • Anita Orendt – University of Utah (student-focused)

Previous Call Topics

12/13/22 Student Focused Call video
1/10/23 Staff Focused Call video
2/14/23 Student Focused Call video