Education and Workforce Working Group



2021-2022 Speaker Nominations Now Open 

Join the Education & Workforce Working Group

The Education and Data Science Workforce Group consists of South Hub members from industry, academia, and government actively engaged in securing funding for and developing: (1) the use of government open data to support education and training in data science; (2) faculty and student data science training and curriculum development; (3) broadening and deepening the data science talent and workforce base; (4) connecting training in academia to industry and government needs, and (5) workforce development experiences for students to connect to industry, government, and non-profit organizations.

Chaired by Renata Rawlings-Goss

The South Hub Education and Workforce Working Group is seeking speakers for monthly working group calls.  If you are interested in sharing your research, projects, or resources, please contact Kendra Lewis-Strickland and Renata Rawlings-Goss

The Data Science Education and Workforce Working Group is an open monthly professional working group for data science educators and program leaders to talk and hear from other programs around the country, as well as learn about resources for connecting with data, tools, industry partners, and research. 

The focus of the group is to: 

  1. Highlight funded Data Science education projects, programs, and resources 
  2. Share best-practices for project-based courses & teaching approaches
  3. Provide experiences with assessment or evaluation approaches for Data Science teaching or Data Science programs.

The Education & Workforce Working Group meets virtually the first Friday of every month at 11AM EST, if you are interested in the group, join the mailing list.


Interested in Project-Based Teaching or Program Assessment?  

Join of our two sub-working groups focused on these topics.  These sub working groups are led by community members to define the direction of the sub-working group and the outputs needed in this community.  If you're interested in joining the Project-Based Teaching or Program Assessment sub-working groups, please contact Kendra Lewis-Strickland at


Friday, November 5, 2021 at 11AM EST.



Dr. Karen Hoober

Talk Title: Graduate Programs at University of Delaware's Center of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Bio: Dr. Karen Hoober is the Associate Director for Graduate Education and Outreach at the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (CBCB) and the Director for Workforce Development for the Data Science Institute (DSI) at the University of Delaware. From Lancaster, Pennsylvania, she graduated with a PhD in Chemistry and Biochemistry from University of Delaware where she teaches undergraduate courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. In her administrative role, she coordinates interdisciplinary, cross-campus and inter-institutional initiatives for Delaware’s educational and research community. She serves as the primary resource for the Bioinformatics Data Science Graduate Programs: the PhD in Bioinformatics Data Science, the MS in Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, the Professional Science Master’s (PSM) in Bioinformatics, the Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics, the Online Graduate Certificate in Applied Bioinformatics, and the Online Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science. Her responsibilities include advising a cohort of over 70 Bioinformatics students with diverse gender and ethnic backgrounds towards degree completion. She facilitates academic and research collaborations with over 75 affiliate faculty members from more than a dozen departments across five Colleges at the University of Delaware including institutions and industry partners in the region. Made possible by two Graduate College Innovation Grants, she has coordinated the development of new Bioinformatics Data Science online curriculum.



Dr. Legand Burge

Talk Title: NIH AIM-AHEAD Award Overview: Lead the Data Science Training Core


Dr. Burge is a Professor of Computer Science and currently serves as the Executive Director for the Howard West initiative at Howard University. His primary research interest is in distributed computing and its applications in the design and development of social-technical systems. He is currently investigating the design and development of smart spaces to support immersive learning within a classroom, and smart spaces that facilitate the innovation process in distributed teams. He is also working with the Howard University Medical School's RCMI Center to utilize historical medical data to develop precision medicine tools to manage, detect, and prevent chronic diseases which affect African Americans. Additionally, he is also interested in researching design patterns for consensus algorithms for distributed Blockchain solutions. His research has been funded by NSF, NIH, Dept of Education, DHS, AFSOR, and various industry companies such as Amazon, and Google. His most recently funded project involves the design and development of socio-technology to triage elderly adults who suffer from cognitive decline utilizing ML/AI for Modeling Vocal Prosody and Facial Expressions.

Dr. Burge is also interested in Computer Science Education and Diversity, and Tech Entrepreneurship and Innovation. His work in CS Education and Diversity has primarily been focused on informal and personalized learning, and on the use of technology to aid in the socio-technical enculturation of underrepresented students in CS, K-12 initiatives, and diversity, equity, and inclusion beyond compliance. Dr. Burge practices design thinking as an innovative teaching methodology and promotes immersive learning and learning by doing.

He co-teaches the Bison Startup and Bison Accelerate courses co-developed with YCombinator, in which students are guided through the process of founding technology startups. Dr. Burge is a certified Lean Launchpad Educator, and Stanford D-School Design Thinker. He is a co-founder of XediaLabs, a DC-based startup studio that provides training and technical consulting to local startups.

Working Group Chairs

Renata Rawlings-Goss-Georgia Institute of Technology (chair), Andrew Zieffler- University of Minnesota (co-chair), Chris Tunnell- Rice University (co-chair), and Leah Wasser – University of Colorado Boulder (co-chair).

For questions please contact Kendra Lewis-Strickland (

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