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"Lillian (Boots) Cassel" <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 16 Aug 2016 17:05:09 -0400
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I am especially interested in the third suggestion -- Communicating about
CS in the liberal arts.


L N Cassel, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Computing Sciences
Villanova University
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Villanova  PA  19085-1699

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On Fri, Aug 12, 2016 at 8:07 AM, Douglas Baldwin <[log in to unmask]>

> On Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 1:32 PM, Amanda Holland-Minkley <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Since it sounds like one productive next step would be to brainstorm
>> what some of the BoFs or sub-areas of interest would be, I thought I'd
>> share the ones that I can think of that have come out of the conversations
>> so far and Grant's survey:
>> * Faculty hiring...
>> * Enrollment pressures...
>> * Communicating about CS in the liberal arts...
>> * Curricular structures...
>> * Curricular inclusion of soft skills and interdisciplinary connections...
>> If you could use another person to help put together the special session
>> proposal or coordinate it, I'm happy to help out. I'm also currently most
>> personally engaged in the last of the four possible topics I listed above
>> so if it seems like there is enough interest in the soft
>> skills/interdisciplinary content piece for a BoF I'd be happy to put
>> together a proposal and coordinate that.
> These all sound like good possibilities for BoFs. I'll guess that
> connecting yourself with a specific one in public has just earned you the
> job of planning it, so if you'd like to start thinking about organizing one
> on soft skills and interdisciplinarity, that would be great. Other folks
> might, of course, volunteer to help, and you can certainly recruit helpers
> if you want. BoF proposals are due Oct. 21, so there's still lots of time
> for brainstorming.
> Meanwhile, why don't I work up a special session proposal. I'll be on
> vacation next week, but I think I can circulate a draft proposal early the
> week after (i.e., a couple of days before they're due). I'm certainly
> imagining having help moderating discussions and presenting parts of the
> report, but exactly who the best people to do that would be might become
> clearer as I write the proposal. I might take you up on your offer, Amanda,
> and the draft might well circulate with questions of the form "would
> so-and-so be willing to help with such-and-such" attached.
> Thanks for the ideas.
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