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CS Department Responsibilities, 2021–22

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

Committees that require a representative from Computer Science

Chair, Department of Computer Science: Charlie Curtsinger, Cynthia Hansen, and Peter-Michael Osera

Web Governance: TBD

Instructional Support Committee: TBD

Science Division Level

Clare Booth Luce Grant Application: TBD

Facilities Management Liaison: TBD

General Science Major: TBD

Hendrixson Fund: TBD

MathLAN Advisory Panel: TBD

Noyce Visiting Professor Committee: TBD

Science Division Personnel Committee: TBD

Working Group for Diversity and Inclusion: TBD

Department Level

Department Co-Chairs: Charlie Curtsinger, Cynthia Hansen, and Peter-Michael Osera

  • Supervision of departmental assistant(s)
  • Development of faculty-staff teaching assignment
  • Creation of class schedules
  • 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

ACM Student Chapter: TBD

  • Work with student group on its priorities.

Assessment Coordinator: TBD

  • Reminders regarding exit interviews
  • Identification, posting of learning outcomes
  • Coordination with Analytics and Institutional Research (AIR) and the Center for Teaching Learning and Assessment (CTLA)

Communications Liaison and Web Site Admin: TBD

  • Work on design of Web site.
  • Update Web site.
  • Coordinate with student assistant.
  • Coordinate with Communicadtions department.

Computer Science Museum: TBD

  • Rebuild and update catalog.
  • Inventory equipment.
  • Design and update displays.

Computer Science Commons: CS SEPC

  • Make sure there’s water in the coffee pot.
  • Straighten.
  • Wash stray dishes.

Graduate Program Liaison: TBD

  • Serve as a contact point for institutions interested in recruiting at Grinnell.
  • Organize talks.
  • Work with CLS to coordinate travel for recruiting weekends.

Liasiaon to University of Iowa Cooperative Degree Program: TBD

  • Arrange annual talk.
  • Coordinate with UIowa.
  • Serve as resource for interested students.

Placement of Incoming Students: TBD

  • Place students in Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science
  • Coordinate with Mathematics and Statistics on placement discussions.

Pledge of the Computing Professional: TBD

  • Interface with national organization.
  • Coordinate ceremony.

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): Sarah Dahlby Albright

  • Train mentors, evening tutors, individual tutors, graders
  • 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

Diversity initiatives

Code Club: Sarah Dahlby Albright

  • Work with students on annual program and weekly sessions.

CPUs (Computing Peers United): Sarah Dahlby Albright

  • Support student leaders.

Diversity Reading Group: TBD

  • Plan and lead readings.

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing: TBD

  • Gather fundings to support student attendance.
  • Advertise program to students and encourage them to seek scholarships.
  • Organize pre-conference session.
  • Mentor students at conference.
  • Organize post-conference session.

Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing: TBD

  • Gather fundings to support student attendance.
  • Advertise program to students and encourage them to seek scholarships.
  • Organize pre-conference session.
  • Mentor students at conference.
  • Organize post-conference session.

Women and Gender Minorities in Computing: TBD

  • Work with students on group interests.

Social activities

Computer Science Table: TBD

  • Pick readings
  • Advertise (coordinate with ASA)
  • Lead discussions

Graduation breakfast: TBD (with Science ASAs)

Picnic: TBD

Senior Lunch: TBD

Study Breaks: CS SEPC

Thursday Extras: TBD

  • Arrange and maintain schedule
  • Work with ASA to advertise
  • Get food for tea

Annual Talks

Advising (early spring): TBD (coordinator)

Department Orientation: TBD

Graduate School (mid fall): TBD.

Professional Development: CS SEPC and ACM Student Chapter

Summer Opportunities in CS (late fall): TBD

Summer Research at Grinnell (early spring): TBD (coordinator)