Call for Papers

Understanding how to apply fundamental computer science problem solving skills is quickly becoming a required competency. It is critical to address issues of equity and inclusion so that we can engage all people in learning key concepts in computing. The Fourth Conference on Research in Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology (RESPECT) is intended to serve a premier venue for peer-reviewed research on broadening participation in computing. Since broadening participation research is inherently interdisciplinary, we invite contributions from computer science education, educational leadership, learning sciences, cognitive or social psychology, social sciences, and related disciplines. Topics of interest include:

  • Inclusive computing curricula and pedagogy
  • Recruiting and retention strategies for college computing departments
  • Formal and information computing opportunities and their impact in K-12
  • Novel approaches to broadening participation in computing
  • Teacher factors such as preparation to support learning computing for diverse students, efficacy, beliefs and attitudes, or access to support
  • Organizational and cultural factors that impact equity and inclusion in CS
  • Sociological factors in the pursuit of and persistence in CS education such as contemporary racial attitudes, culture, or family life
  • Systemic approaches to addressing equity and inclusion in CS education at different levels of analysis, including the institution, the groups or units that constitute institutions, and the networks in which institutions are embedded
  • Computing education research focused on differential impacts based on diversity and/or intersectionality (e.g., gender, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, LGBT status)
  • Interdisciplinarity and its impact on sustained participation
  • Developing Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships (RPPs) for CS education
  • Metrics and evaluation approaches for broadening participation efforts
  • Increasing diversity in the population of CS education researchers  

RESPECT welcomes submissions of research papers and experience reports. All papers should explicitly state their motivating questions, relate to relevant literature, and contain an analysis of effectiveness. Research papers should adhere to rigorous standards, describing hypotheses, methods, and results. Experience reports should carefully describe the context and provide a rich reflection on what worked, what didn’t, and why. In addition, we invite submissions of panel proposals, posters, and lightning talks as a highly interactive forum for discussion of emerging ideas. As in previous editions of the conference, the RESPECT 2019 proceedings will be submitted for inclusion to IEEE Xplore library.

RESPECT 2019 will be organized as a joint meeting with RPPforCS, a community of awardees for NSF CS for ALL Researcher Practitioner Partnerships (RPP), and will be co-located with the ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) on February 27, 2019 in Minneapolis, MN.

Presentation types and page limits  

  • Research papers (full: 8 pages and short: 4 pages)
  • Experience report papers (4 pages)
  • Panel Proposals (2 pages)
  • Lightning Talks (abstract, optional 2 pages in proceedings)
  • Posters (abstract, optional 2 pages in proceedings)
  • Submissions will be in PDF format using EasyChair
  • References are not included in page counts

Important Dates

  • Research papers and experience reportsAbstract Submission: Nov. 12, 2018
    • Paper Submission: Nov. 19, 2018
    • Notification: Dec. 18, 2018
    • Camera ready: January 7, 2019
  • Posters, panel proposals, and lightning talks:
    • Submission:extended to Dec. 4, 2018
    • Notification: Dec. 18, 2018
    • Camera ready: January 7, 2019