Computer Science Department Activities, Projects, and Responsibilities (2015-16)

The computer science faculty actively engage in activities and projects within Grinnell College, the Science Division, the department, and other areas. This page serves as a reference and contact list for many of these activities. Since all faculty are actively engaged in teaching, this page does not include specific activities related to classes, course development, or other aspects of teaching.

  • Contact the relevant faculty member if you have questions or comments regarding any of these activities.
  • Contact the department chair if you have questions about the department, organizational matters, or other areas not covered in this listing.

College Level

Science Division Level

Department Level

  • Department Chair: Samuel A. Rebelsky
    • Supervision of departmental assistant(s) and ASAs
    • Development of faculty-staff teaching assignment
    • Creation of class schedules
    • Supervision of graduation breakfast (with Science Secretaries)
    • Faculty recruiting
    • Promotion, tenure, contract renewal reviews
    • Merit reviews
    • Regular meetings with Student Educational Policy Committee (SEPC)
    • Paperwork from Dean's office
    • Faculty mentoring
    • College catalog entry
    • Review transfer credit requests
    • Budget
  • AIT Program in Budapest: TBD
    • Coordinate with Budapest program
    • Advise students on courses
  • Assessment Coordinator: Peter-Michael Osera
    • Reminders regarding exit interviews
    • Identification, posting of learning outcomes
    • Coordination with the College's Office of Analytic Support and Institutional Research (OASIR) and Center for Teaching Learning and Assessment (CTLA)
  • Communications Liaison: John David Stone, Henry M. Walker
  • Computer Science Museum: Henry M. Walker
  • Computer Science Commons: ASA
    • Make sure there's water in the coffee pot.
    • Straighten.
    • Contact SEPC when the dishes are not being washed.
  • Computer Science Table: Peter-Michael Osera and Charlie Curtsinger
    • Pick readings
    • Advertise (coordinate with ASA)
    • Lead discussions
  • Diversity Initiatives:
    • Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing: Samuel A. Rebelsky, many faculty contribute
    • Richard Tapia Celebration of of Diversity in Computing: Samuel A. Rebelsky, many faculty contribute
  • Picnic (coordinated with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics): Jerod Weinman
  • Placement of Incoming Students: Samuel Rebelsky, Henry M. Walker
  • Pledge of the Computing Professional: John David Stone
  • Senior Lunch and Awards: Samuel Rebelsky
  • Social Media Liaisons: varies according to activity
  • Study Abroad in CS: TBD
    • Maintain list of study-abroad programs relevant to CS
    • Maintain list of course equivalents in those programs
    • Advise students on study-abroad options
    • Coordinate with Off-campus Study office
  • Supervision of Peer Educators (Mentors, Lab Assistants, Tutors): Jerod Weinman (Fall), TBD (Spring)
    • Train mentors, lab assistants, individual tutors
    • Prepare lists of responsibilities for peer educators
    • Prepare picture list of peer educators
    • Recruit students for peer-educator positions
    • Interview prospective peer educators
    • Work with faculty to assign peer mentors to classes
    • Prepare schedule of evening tutors
    • Assign individual and small-group tutors to students
    • Read and respond to reports from individual tutors, evening tutors, and mentor sessions
    • Gather data on usage of peer educators
  • Thursday Extras John David Stone
  • Web Site: John David Stone leads, all CS faculty contribute

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