Keynote Session | Don't Interrupt This Talk! Gender Differences in Interruptions of Academic Engineering Job Talks

Sunday, March 18
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Our study examined 140 videotapes of job talks by candidates for faculty positions at six engineering departments across two universities.  The videotapes were coded for the timing and number of questions (acknowledged questions, follow-up questions, and interruptions).  We found that the presenter’s gender and seniority affect the number of questions received and the amount of time spent in asking and answering them, and that excessive questions were correlated with presenters rushing and skipping slides.  There were also significant effects of department and of discipline (with particular ramifications for interdisciplinary candidates).  The talk will include some suggestions for department chairs and search committees.

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 Pam Cosman
 Professor, Engineering School Faculty Equity Adviser
 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
 University of California, San Diego
 Author, The Secret Code Menace                                                                    

Pamela C. Cosman received electrical engineering degrees from Caltech (B.S., Honors) and Stanford University (Ph.D) and did postdocs at Stanford and the University of Minnesota.  Since 1995, she is on the faculty of the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, San Diego, where she is currently a Professor, Faculty Equity Adviser, and Co-Director of the Center for Research on Gender in STEMM.  Her previous administrative positions include Director of the Center for Wireless Communications, ECE Dept. Vice-Chair, and Associate Dean for Students of the Jacobs School of Engineering.  She has published over 250 papers in the areas of image/video compression and processing and wireless communications, as well as one children’s book (The Secret Code Menace, Ransom, UK, 2016) which introduces error correction coding and other wireless communications concepts through a fictional story.

Dr. Cosman was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Communications Letters and IEEE Signal Processing Letters, as well as a Senior Editor and the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications. She is currently serving as Technical Program Co-Chair for ICME 2018. She Her awards include the ECE Departmental Graduate Teaching Award, Career Award from the National Science Foundation, Globecom 2008 Best Paper Award, and HISB 2012 Best Poster Award. For outreach and service work, she has been awarded the 2016 UC San Diego Affirmative Action and Diversity Award, and the 2017 Athena Pinnacle Award (Individual in Education).  She is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi, and a Fellow of the IEEE.


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