Faculty Fellowship in Information Assurance: A Call for Applications

January 28, 2011

Faculty Fellowship - Summers 2011/2012


2011 Program Dates: July 11-22, 2011

Deadline to Apply:  April 15, 2011


Carnegie Mellon CyLab and the Information Networking Institute, through funding from the National Science Foundation, are pleased to offer the Information Assurance Capacity Building Program (IACBP).

The IACBP serves to improve the capacity of Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs), including both Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), to offer high quality Information Assurance (IA) education and a specialization in Computer Forensics Science. The IACBP aids 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.

The IACBP pursues the following objectives:

  • To build new capacity or expand existing capacity to offer IA courses and programs at MSIs seeking or having recently attained NSA designation 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 offers a specific, highly desired competency that will help participating faculty shape their new curricula with guidelines for a forensics career path for their students.

In this offering, Carnegie Mellon targets MSIs, and in particular those in the Mid-Atlantic region. 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. MSIs in other regions are also eligible to apply.

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 established 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.

Follow- Up Session

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. 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: April 15, 2011

The participant and institution must provide the following application materials:

  • 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;
  • 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, description of how the institution plans to seek 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.


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

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0830879.


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 11,000 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. For more, see www.cmu.edu.