Faculty Sessions

Faculty, we've got you!


We've put together two dozen activities that we think faculty will enjoy at this year's 2021 Statewide Summit on Women & Tech: Empower. Engage. Educate.

To help with your schedule planning, we've grouped these sessions into the following tracks.

All sessions are 50-minutes, unless otherwise noted in the description. All times listed are in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT).

Adobe for All

This year’s Summit includes a significant presence from Adobe, an Executive Platinum Sponsor whose longstanding partnership with IU helps the university community develop and apply digital literacy skills. Through IU’s enterprise contract with Adobe, Adobe Creative Cloud Pro is available at no additional cost to IU’s 110,000+ students, faculty, and staff across the state. Creative Cloud Pro is a set of desktop, web and mobile tools used to create compelling digital content. Visit Adobe at IU to get started with Adobe Creative Cloud Pro. Make sure to download and install the Creative Cloud desktop app and any other desktop apps related to the Adobe sessions you plan to attend.

Time & Date: 11:45am, Thursday, March 4

Description: In an ever-changing world, employers need a workforce that can invent the future, and the world needs engaged, informed citizens with the vision to solve the problems that define our era. In this keynote session, Mala Sharma, VP of Creative Cloud Product Marketing, Community and Digital Media Education at Adobe, will discuss why creativity and digital literacy are “superpowers,” and how embracing these essential skills will prepare students of any age to thrive in an increasingly digital world. Mala will also share stories from her illustrious career at Adobe, what she’s learned in her 17+ years in the tech industry and the importance of “being you” to succeed in your career.

Presenter: Mala Sharma

Time & Date: 3:00 – 3:50pm, Friday, March 5

Description: Stock photos, graphics, and more! IU users now have access to Adobe Stock, including over 200 million photos, illustrations, and other assets, useful in teaching, presentations, or other work. What's more? IU is the first university with Adobe Stock included for all users. Learn how to best utilize Adobe Stock and how it can help you with your work!

Presenter: Adam Maksl

Time & Date: 2:00 – 2:50pm, Thursday, March 4

Description: This workshop will demonstrate an easy-to-use workflow for making (better) videos for classes. It will cover the 10 Basic Steps for creating content videos, pairing Zoom and the user-friendly Adobe Premiere Rush (Rush), and will focus on both the technical (how to make videos) and the pedagogical (why we use video or have students make videos). The workshop will be split into two parts:

  • Part one: the presenter will perform all the steps, demonstrating the technical while highlighting the pedagogical.
  • Part two: participants will work (with guided assistance) through the ten steps, learning basic video editing in Rush.

Presenter: Justin Hodgson

NOTE: This workshop is 100 minutes so is scheduled over 2 sessions.

Time & Date: 1:00 – 1:50pm, Thursday, March 4

Description: Creating multimedia presentations, websites, or videos might seem like obvious assignments for media or digital art classes, but increasingly they are being used in non-media disciplines to convey content knowledge and critical thinking through modern modes of communication. Come hear how IU faculty in various disciplines -- from English and business to biology and health sciences -- have used creative tools like those available through the Adobe Creative Cloud to engage students in their learning while building important 21st century digital literacy skills.

Presenter(s): Justin Hodgson, Julie Johnston, Adam Maksl

Time & Date: 1:00 – 1:50pm, Saturday, March 6

Description: Adobe Premiere Rush is a video editor geared towards creating short, professional-looking videos quickly, even if you’re new to the process of video editing – which makes it a great tool for adding finishing touches to social media content or recorded presentations. In this session, learn how to import and edit existing video clips, add transitions, and export a completed video.

Presenter(s): Jason Fickel, April Law

NOTE: This workshop is 100 minutes so is scheduled over 2 sessions.

Time & Date: 3:00 – 3:50pm, Saturday, March 6

Description: If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make your own podcast, this session will help you get started! As part of this session, you’ll learn how to assemble a basic podcast while exploring the basics of audio editing and recording using Adobe Audition.

Presenter(s): Jen Oakes, Rachel Frend

Equity & Advocacy

Time & Date: 1:00 – 1:50pm, Thursday, March 4

Description: Despite efforts to attract and retain women, gender gaps continue to exist in STEM majors/careers. While greater balance is found in some fields (e.g., biology), disparities exist in others (e.g., CS, tech). We will share factors that spark interest in and lead women to persist (or not) in STEM.

Presenter(s): Kelli Paul, Adam Maltese, Jungsun Kim

Time & Date: 2:00 – 2:50pm, Thursday, March 4

Description: In our quest for Equity, we kindly ask the question how can we be better, tomorrow? Come and hear about the work AA&E has done over the past year from our Program Chair, and 2 other Advocates. More importantly, we want to create a space where YOU can provide critical feedback.

Presenter: Anthony Dominguez


Time & Date: 3:00 – 3:50pm, Thursday, March 4

Description: Creative and collaborative group work can be challenging in the university setting, particularly in the current completely online and asynchronous context. However, students can have an effective and inspiring group experience through scaffolded assignments, with feedback opportunities throughout.

Presenter: Jennifer Lale

Time & Date: 1:00 – 3:00pm, Friday, March 5

Description: Come visit the Scholars Book Fair, where you'll learn about affordable content from UITS Learning Technologies and campus librarians. During this virtual, "fair", you'll have the opportunity to meet with your choice of experts representing 10 different affordable content options.

Presenter: UITS Learning Technologies

NOTE: This session is scheduled for 2 hours, and attendees may drop in at anytime.


Time & Date: 3:00 – 3:50pm, Friday, March 5

Description: Many academic programs require students to work on projects. These projects requires students to work in teams and to work on bigger scale projects compared to any other courses during the final year. Strategies for teaching such courses will be discussed such as team forming techniques.

Presenter: Suha Lasassmeh

Time & Date: 1:00 – 1:50pm, Thursday, March 4

Description: Experience, first-hand, techniques that invite all voices to be heard and support an equitable space to speak and listen in your Zoom meetings. This session demonstrates how to mash-up Zoom features and/or mix those features with other IU technologies to achieve amazing results.

Presenter(s): Michele Kelmer, Zach Carnagey

Personal Power

Time & Date: 1:00 – 1:50pm, Friday, March 5

Description: #IamRemarkable is a global Google initiative empowering women and other underrepresented groups to celebrate their achievements in the workplace and beyond. This highly informative and interactive 90-minute workshop explores the importance of self-promotion in your personal and professional life.

Presenter: Bridgette Sampson

NOTE: This workshop is 90 minutes so is scheduled over 2 sessions.

Time & Date: 3:00 – 3:50pm, Thursday, March 4

Description: Resilience at work and school matters! This practical, interactive workshop will inspire you to become your more resilient self. The profound changes in our world today can be overwhelming. You will learn resilience tools, strategies and creative ideas you can practice in your daily life – moving you from surviving to thriving.

Presenter: Karon West

Tech – AI

Time & Date: 1:30pm, Thursday, March 4

Description: Globally we are in the midst of a tectonic shift in technologies and technical infrastructures, against the backdrop of a global pandemic. Historically, sustaining similar technological and economic transformations have required the establishment of new fields of practice to ensure safety, innovation and scale. The 3A Institute (3Ai), directed by Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell at the Australian National University, was founded to establish a new branch of engineering to tackle today’s challenge, that of taking artificial intelligence safely, sustainably and responsibly to scale.

The Institute conducts research and examines the ways in which AI is appearing in the world today, from mining sites to the Great Barrier Reef and the theatre. Throughout, the ethos of the Institute has been one of moving from critical thinking to critical doing. The Institute has also invested in creating room for a diversity of voices and lived experiences, and in creating the space for the kinds of conversations that result. In this talk, Genevieve will reflect on that journey, lessons learnt, emerging insights, and next steps.

Presenter: Genevieve Bell

Time & Date: 2:00 – 2:50pm, Thursday, March 4

Description: This talk will illustrate how data feminism can expose inequalities in data production. We will explore how challenges to the male/female binary can help to challenge other hierarchical (and empirically wrong) classification systems and how the concept of invisible labor can expose the significant human efforts required by our automated systems; and why the data never, ever “speak for themselves.” The goal of this talk, as with the project of data feminism, is to model how scholarship can be transformed into action: how feminist thinking can be operationalized in order to imagine more ethical and equitable data practices.

Presenter(s): Catherine D'ignazio, Lauren Klein

This Plenary is sponsored by OneAmerica.


Time & Date: 11:00 – 11:501m, Friday, March 5

Description: Sometimes, we may not have the exact computing tools we need immediately at our disposal. In this session, I will show how you can use tools built using the Wolfram Language, including a file converter for obscure data file types, a search engine that reads off MS Excel spreadsheets, and a financial investment tracker.

Presenter: Colleen Rosales

Time & Date: 11:00 – 11:50am, Saturday, March 6

Description: In complement to the film Coded Bias, this panel of 4 students/faculty discuss issues and developments in evidence and actions to increase trust in algorithmic AI knowledge. Black boxes in self-driving cars, explainability, and transparency and reproducibility all contribute to a trust framework.

Panelists: Beth Plale, Director, Data To Insight Center, IU Bloomington, Memo Dalkilic, Faculty, Computer Science, Luddy School, IU Bloomington, Bramsh Qamar Chandio, PhD student, Intelligent Systems Engineering, Luddy School, IU Bloomington, Sadia Khan, PhD student, Informatics, Luddy School, IU Bloomington

Tech – Cybersecurity

Time & Date: 12:00 – 1:00pm, Friday, March 5

DescriptionThe Woman Who Smashed Codes is a national bestseller about Indiana native, Elizebeth Friedman. This true story of love, spies, and the unlikely heroine who outwitted America’s enemies shines a light on Friedman’s monumental achievements in laying the foundations for modern cryptography. Please join us for a conversation with Jason Fagone and IU’s First Lady Laurie Burns McRobbie, followed by your questions and further discussion about women in cybersecurity.

PresentersJason Fagone & Laurie Burns McRobbie

Tech – Social Sciences, Humanities, Arts, Professions, and Education (SSHAPE)

Time & Date: 2:00 – 2:50pm, Saturday, March 6

Description: The past is not getting any younger. Here, Egyptologists discuss the applicability of known technologies to analyzing the ancient past. Case studies from ancient Egypt and imperial Rome highlight the benefits (and difficulties) of the digital humanities for researchers and non-specialists alike.

Presenter(s): Erin Anderson, Justine Galambus, Julia Puglisi