Career Development Workshop for Recent PHDs

To Be Held at CHI 2016

Susan Fussell (Cornell University)

Luigina Ciolfi (Sheffield Hallam University)

This one day workshop will help new PHDs develop their careers in HCI through intensive interaction with senior mentors from academia and industry who have been successful in research and professional service. The workshop is open to all members of the HCI community who have received their PHDs in the past five years.

The workshop will be modeled after the CHI Doctoral Consortia. Each participant will be given 30-45 minutes to present and get feedback on his/her research and professional activities. We will also hold a series of panels in which senior researchers discuss (a) developing a career trajectory, (b) getting started in professional service, and (c) issues of work/life balance. Topics will include:


  • Building a cohort group of fellow HCI researchers.
  • Establishing a successful career path in academia, industry, and the nonprofit sector
  • Selecting and developing a research trajectory.
  • Identifying potential funding sources and preparing proposals.
  • Getting involved in professional service.
  • Communicating your work and strengthening your public profile
  • Balancing work, family and social life.


To apply, please submit the following by email to and :


1. A single-authored paper (maximum of 3 pages) in SIGCHI Extended Abstract format describing:


  • Educational background and current position
  • Current research
  • Career, research and professional service goals for the next 5-7 years.
  • What you hope to gain from participating in the workshop.


2.  Your CV, including links to your website, blog or other public web presence.


January 15, 2016: Submissions due

February 1, 2016: Decisions announced

February 12, 2016: Camera-ready submissions due

May 7 or 8 2016: Workshop


Note: Accepted participants must register for and attend the workshop and at least one day of the conference.