Solicitation for Faculty Fellowship in Information Assurance

December 15, 2009

A Call for Applications for Summers 2010/2011

Program dates: July 12-23, 2010

Deadline to apply: March 31, 2010

Carnegie Mellon CyLab and the Information Networking Institute have received funding from the National Science Foundation for two offerings (summers 2009 & 2010, and summers 2010 & 2011) of the Information Assurance Capacity Building Program (IACBP), intended to improve the capacity of Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs), including both Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HCBUs) and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), to offer high quality Information Assurance (IA) education and a specialization in Computer Forensics Science. The IACBP would aid MSIs to develop IA curricula under advisement and with academic enrichment from Carnegie Mellon, leading to the implementation of new IA activities at the MSIs. Read the press release.

The objectives are to build new capacity or expand existing capacity to offer IA courses and programs at MSIs not currently designated as Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) in IA Education; to expand the research opportunities in IA; and to help build expertise in Cyber Forensics Science. As a two-year workshop, the fellowship program gives a two-week session during the first year that presents IA theory and practice, and then gives a three-day follow-up session during the second year where fellows present their initial outcomes and results to their peers. This method integrates three main components: technological knowledge, pedagogical support and an individual curriculum development plan.

Fellowship Program Synopsis

The IACBP makes full use of Carnegie Mellon's world-class facilities, and past participants have been impressed with the range and quality of the facilities at Carnegie Mellon. During a two-week workshop, participants take classes and work to develop curriculum in a state-of-the-art distributed education center that is equipped with the latest video-conferencing technology.

A module of Cyber Forensics Science is a new addition that has not been in our past set of editions of the IACBP. This addition offers a specific, highly desired competency that will help participating faculty shape their new curricula with guidelines for a new career path for their own students.

In this offering, Carnegie Mellon targets MSIs, and in particular those in the Mid-Atlantic region with which Carnegie Mellon is affiliated. A regional focus aims to build and strengthen a network in IA education and research in this region, where participating institutions partner with and leverage off one another.

Because partnerships and collaborations are so important, Carnegie Mellon wants to facilitate presentations, informal discussions and teamwork among the participating institutions during their stay in Pittsburgh. This opportunity to know each other's activities will enable the participants to form collaborations based on common interests and goals. The collaborative and mentoring relationships that are born during the program between Carnegie Mellon and the attendees will be sustained after the program is finished through informal follow-ups with Carnegie Mellon, which include discussions with faculty and curriculum specialists, availability to review their curriculum materials, and possibility for the participants to attend extra SEI/CERT courses.

A mandatory, three-day follow-up trip, to take place one year after the two-week workshop, is planned to strengthen the participant institutions' commitment and give them a longer period for the implementation of their plans. During this three day overlap, which will occur on the second week of attendance, first year participants will have opportunities to interact with second year attendees and ask questions related to their experience.

A stipend of $2,500 is provided to participants in the program, with $2000 provided for the first year and $500 provided for the second year. A flat travel stipend of $200 is also provided for each trip.

Admission Criteria

Participants for the IACBP will be selected according to their ability to affect significant change by implementing the teachings of the program in their home institutions. To this end, we require that all participants have a background in information systems and networking or the ability to glean an understanding of the topics that will be covered in the program from the textbook before arriving. Each participant must also have full institutional support, including the support of his or her department chair, dean and/or provost.

To augment Carnegie Mellon's previous IACBP offerings, participants will be required to submit a written action plan prior to attendance in order to ensure that when participants return to their home institutions, they have the ability to start working on building new programs and enhancing existing programs immediately. Furthermore, Carnegie Mellon has added a follow-up visit and the request to present their accomplishments on the second year, as incentives for participants to commit to their plans and seriously act on their development. The participants' commitment is indeed the best guarantee that the IACBP will have maximum impact.

Application deadline: March 31, 2010

The application materials from the institutions will include:

  • Information about the institution;
  • Current IA course offerings, if any;
  • Needs at the institution;
  • How the institution thinks it can benefit from attending the IACBP;
  • A draft curriculum or development plan; (newly added since previous IACBP offerings)
  • Proven capability to economically sustain expansion of existing courses or new courses, and/or other changes to the curricula (if new planned courses/modules depend on new funds, descriptions of how they intend to seek for those extra funds); and
  • A letter of intent on university letterhead from their department head that states the commitment of the institutions for those implementations.

This online solicitation will be posted until the application deadline. Even though the solicitation is open to all the MSIs, preference will be given to the MSIs in and close to Carnegie Mellon's geographical area in the Mid-Atlantic region.


Dena Haritos Tsamitis, Principle Investigator
Director, Information Networking Institute
Director of Education, Training and Outreach, CyLab


About Carnegie Mellon: Carnegie Mellon is a private research university with a distinctive mix of programs in engineering, computer science, robotics, business, public policy, fine arts and the humanities. More than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students receive an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration, and innovation. A small student-to-faculty ratio provides an opportunity for close interaction between students and professors. While technology is pervasive on its 144-acre Pittsburgh campus, Carnegie Mellon is also distinctive among leading research universities for the world-renowned programs in its College of Fine Arts. A global university, Carnegie Mellon has campuses in Silicon Valley, Calif., and Qatar, and programs in Asia, Australia and Europe.


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