The DataUp Program: Faculty Development in Data Science



Bringing Data Science to Your Campus

DataUp enables researchers and educators to understand and address how to prepare institutions to teach data science students while preparing students for future data-intensive and data-enabled environments. The program provides on-campus data science training workshops to minority-led, -serving, and primarily teaching institutions to be organized in collaboration with the Carpentries. Program participants also engage in one train-the-trainer event designed to increase the inclusivity of data science education to minority-serving institutions. Faculty teams will then teach their own data science courses and boot camps the following year to expand the impact of data science at their institution and to their students.

Why DataUp? 

DataUp 2021 Cohort Applications Opening Soon!

The South Big Data Innovation Hub is excited to host the 2020 DataUp Program as part of our Keeping Data Science Broad Series. DataUp offers hands-on training for instructor teams at minority-serving institutions, community colleges, or 4-year liberal arts colleges. Priority was given to hosts who can demonstrate the participation of faculty from diverse departments, or multiple institutions of the types listed above.
Recipients of DataUp will receive one 2-day data science workshop hosted on their campus for 15 - 30 people (workshop fees waived and instructor provided). Also, accepted team members will receive travel funding to attend an in-person train-the-trainers workshop Summer 2022. After the training, teams will be certified to (and expected to) teach a data science course, bootcamp, or workshop in their local region by December 2023.
The ability to utilize and understand data is an increasingly critical skill for the evolving 21st-century workforce. Sectors are realizing a critical shortfall in data-literate talent for the positions of today as well as tomorrow. To combat this shortfall, underrepresented groups and schools must be engaged in data science training. The DataUp program is one such effort of the South Hub.

Recipients Will Receive 

  1. A 2-day data science training workshop held at the DataUp recipient institution. Selected institutions will be able to choose among the 15 different workshops (in English and Spanish) offered by The Carpentries to host at their home. Target audiences are 15-30 learners with little to no prior computational experience. Workshops must take place in Fall 2021 - Spring 2022.
  2. Attend a 2-day train-the-trainer event in Summer 2022 (In-person or virtual.  Travel support will be provided for in-person activities). Train-the-trainer events are taught by peer, volunteer Carpentries instructors trained in pedagogy. The interactive workshop will introduce key research findings and teaching practices adopted by the Carpentries community to help learners engage in data science better and faster.
  3. Participating institutions are also required to teach a data science course, workshop, or boot camp in year 2 (2022-2023) to expand the impact of data science at their institution and to their students.



Applicants must be groups of 2-4 faculty or permanent staff from a minority-led, -serving, primarily teaching institutions, community colleges or 4-year liberal arts colleges institution or group of institutions in the same local area to maintain a cohort model in each location. Lead Institutions must be in the 16 states of the South Hub and indicate interest in and ability to host a training workshop at their institutions.

To ensure broad and adequate attendance, in the application process, institutions will submit a list of potential attendees or partners from their local communities which should include local minority-serving institutions and community colleges. Institutions with the broadest reach will be selected for participation.

We anticipate a total of five awards per year. Priority will be given to institutional teams who can demonstrate the participation of faculty from diverse departments, or multiple institutions of the types listed above.

The DataUp Program is not currently accepting applications. Join our mailing list to be notified when our next application window opens. 


Learn more about past DataUp Participants

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Spelman College Atlanta, GA 2017
The University of Puerto-Rico – Rio Piedras Rio Piedras, PR August 17-18, 2018
The University of the Virgin Islands Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands September 20 -21, 2018
Texas A&M – Kingsville Kingsville, TX September 29 – 30, 2018
Johnson C. Smith University Charlotte, NC October 18 -19, 2018
Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA October 25 – 26, 2018
DataUp Instructor Training Atlanta, GA Nov. 6-7, 2018
Florida A&M University Tallahassee, FL October 25 – 26, 2019
North Carolina Central University Durham, NC

August 12 – 14, 2020 (Virtual)

Georgia Gwinnett College Lawrenceville,GA September 8 – 11, 2020 (Virtual)
Stillman College Tuscaloosa, AL October 27 & 29 and November 3 & 5 (Virtual)
Atlanta University Center Consortium Atlanta, GA  December 7 – 10, 2020 (Virtual)
2020 Virtual Instructor Training Atlanta, GA December 2 - 4, 2020 (Virtual)



s200_felesia.stukes_ph.d..jpg“In the [instructor] training, we discussed the dangers associated with ‘expert blind spot.’ So, I’m more consciously adjusting my expectations to account for this. I have incorporated (and improved) live coding with the students. This has been very useful. My DataUp colleagues and I continue to be impacted by the idea of using data of interest (health data for our county, arrest data in our area, etc..) in our courses. The trainings have had a huge impact and the timing can’t be better.”
Dr. Felesia Stukes, 2017-2018 DataUp Cohort
Software and Information Systems 
Johnson C. Smith University, private, historically black university in Charlotte, North Carolina 




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