Liberal Arts Computing Curricula: Innovations, Challenges, and Opportunities

Organized by members of the SIGCSE Committee on Computing Education in
Liberal Arts Colleges, this pre-Symposium event will let us share and learn
about curricular innovations, challenges, and opportunities particular to
our liberal arts settings.

The event will include participant presentations, group discussions and
breakout sessions organized around submitted topics (See Call for
Participation below). A short business meeting will provide opportunity to
shape future Committee activity in support of the liberal arts computing
education community. Optional dinner groups will be organized to provide
opportunity for further networking.

All interested faculty and students are welcome.

There is no cost to participants. However, all participants must respond to
the Call for Participation in one of the three forms described below. We
anticipate being able to invite everyone who expresses interest. However,
in the unlikely event that our venue cannot accommodate everyone, attendees
will be selected giving first priority to those presenting examples or
challenges and then reviewing attendance applications to achieve
representation from a broad range of institutions.
<https://github.com/computing-in-the-liberal-arts/SIGCSE2020-PreSymposium-Event/blob/master/docs/CallForParticipation.md#event-information>Event
Information

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   Pre-Symposium Event at SIGCSE 2020 <https://sigcse2020.sigcse.org/>
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   Wednesday March 11, 2020
   1:30pm - 4:30pm
   4:30pm - Additional optional events (see schedule below)
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   Portland at Convention Center
   329 NE Couch St.
   Portland, OR 97232

<https://github.com/computing-in-the-liberal-arts/SIGCSE2020-PreSymposium-Event/blob/master/docs/CallForParticipation.md#important-dates>Important
Dates:

   - January 10, 2020 - Submissions Due
   - January 24, 2020 - Notifications of acceptances, breakout topics and
   speaker invitations.
      - *Note: SIGCSE Early Registration ends January 29.*
   - March 11, 2020 - Pre-Symposium Event at SIGCSE

<https://github.com/computing-in-the-liberal-arts/SIGCSE2020-PreSymposium-Event/blob/master/docs/CallForParticipation.md#call-for-participation>Call
for Participation:

The program committee invites three types of submissions for the
pre-symposium event. Submission of one of the three types is required for
participation in the event. Participants are welcome to make multiple
submissions.

   1.

   Innovative Curricular Models for Computing Education in the Liberal Arts: A
   brief (approximately 2-page) description of the curricular model of your
   liberal arts computing program.

   Please see the Curriculum Submission Template
   <https://github.com/computing-in-the-liberal-arts/SIGCSE2020-PreSymposium-Event/blob/master/docs/curricula/CurriculumModelTemplate.md>
and
   the samples (Dickinson College
   <https://github.com/computing-in-the-liberal-arts/SIGCSE2020-PreSymposium-Event/blob/master/docs/curricula/dickinson/index.md>
   , Whitman College
   <https://github.com/computing-in-the-liberal-arts/SIGCSE2020-PreSymposium-Event/blob/master/docs/curricula/whitman/index.md>).
   Submissions will be lightly screened by the program committee for
   suitability and will be made available to the community through this site.
   In addition, the program committee will invite some authors to present
   their models during the event.

   Submissions describing models that are particularly innovative, or that
   leverage particular opportunities and/or challenges presented by the
   liberal arts context, and/or show potential for broadening participation in
   computing are encouraged. In addition, models containing elements that show
   promise for adaptation/adoption across institutions will be given
   preference.
   2.

   Challenges, Opportunities and Organizational Direction: A short
   (approximately 1-paragraph) description of a topic for discussion.

   Please see the Challenges Submission Template
   <https://github.com/computing-in-the-liberal-arts/SIGCSE2020-PreSymposium-Event/blob/master/docs/challenges/ChallengesTemplate.md>
and
   the samples (Recruiting, Hiring and Retaining Faculty
   <https://github.com/computing-in-the-liberal-arts/SIGCSE2020-PreSymposium-Event/blob/master/docs/challenges/hiring.md>
   , Wide Ranging Student Backgrounds
   <https://github.com/computing-in-the-liberal-arts/SIGCSE2020-PreSymposium-Event/blob/master/docs/challenges/backgrounds.md>).
   Submissions will be lightly screened by the program committee for
   suitability and will be made available to the community through this site.
   In addition, the program committee will use submissions in this category,
   in conjunction with topics highlighted in the Committee’s Inroads report
   <https://inroads.acm.org/article.cfm?aid=3314027>, to select 5-6 topics
   of broad interest as foci for the breakout discussion groups.

   Submissions identifying specific challenges and opportunities presented
   by teaching computing in a liberal arts setting are encouraged. Submissions
   proposing particular future directions and initiatives for the SIGCSE
   Committee on Computing Education in Liberal Arts Colleges are also welcome.
   3.

   Attendee: An e-mail expressing interest in attending and participating
   in the event without making a submission in either of the other two
   categories.

<https://github.com/computing-in-the-liberal-arts/SIGCSE2020-PreSymposium-Event/blob/master/docs/CallForParticipation.md#submission-process>Submission
Process:

Submissions may be made in one of two ways:

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   E-Mail:
   1. Write your submission in a a MS Word, rich text or plain text
      document. See the submission template for Curriculum
      <https://github.com/computing-in-the-liberal-arts/SIGCSE2020-PreSymposium-Event/blob/master/docs/curricula/CurriculumModelTemplate.md>
       or Challenges
      <https://github.com/computing-in-the-liberal-arts/SIGCSE2020-PreSymposium-Event/blob/master/docs/challenges/ChallengesTemplate.md>
      .
      2. E-mail [log in to unmask] with a zip file containing your
      submission and any images or other supporting files. The Program
Committee
      will add your submission to the repository.
      3. If you wish to make more than one submission, please submit a
      separate zip file for each submission.
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   GitHub Pull Request: If you are comfortable with git and GitHub
   submissions may be made via GitHub pull requests.
   1. Fork the Computing in the Liberal Arts SICSE2020 Pre-Symposium Event
      Repository
      <https://github.com/computing-in-the-liberal-arts/SIGCSE2020-PreSymposium-Event>
      .
      2. Create a branch for your submission.
      3. Add a sub-directory for your submission to the appropriate
      directory (*curricula* or *challenges*).
      4. Populate your sub-directory with the materials for your
      submission. Please use a file named index.md for the text of your
      submission and copy any images or other supporting materials into your
      sub-directory. Pattern your text on the Curriculum
      <https://github.com/computing-in-the-liberal-arts/SIGCSE2020-PreSymposium-Event/blob/master/docs/curricula/CurriculumModelTemplate.md>
or
      the Challenges
      <https://github.com/computing-in-the-liberal-arts/SIGCSE2020-PreSymposium-Event/blob/master/docs/challenges/ChallengesTemplate.md>
       template.
      5. Create a pull request for your branch.
      6. If you wish to make more than one submission, please create a
      separate pull request for each submission.

Those interested in attending without submission should simply simply send
an e-mail to [log in to unmask] expressing your interest in participating
in the event.
<https://github.com/computing-in-the-liberal-arts/SIGCSE2020-PreSymposium-Event/blob/master/docs/CallForParticipation.md#post-event-report>Post
Event Report

The Program Committee intends to collaborate with interested authors of
submitted curricular models and discussion topics to edit a collaborative
event report. This report will be posted to this repository and submitted
to a peer reviewed venue for publication (e.g. SIGCSE Bulletin).
<https://github.com/computing-in-the-liberal-arts/SIGCSE2020-PreSymposium-Event/blob/master/docs/CallForParticipation.md#organizers>
Organizers

   - Grant Braught, Dickinson College
   - Janet Davis, Whitman College

<https://github.com/computing-in-the-liberal-arts/SIGCSE2020-PreSymposium-Event/blob/master/docs/CallForParticipation.md#program-committee>Program
Committee

   - Grant Braught, Dickinson College
   - Douglas Baldwin, SUNY Geneseo
   - Janet Davis, Whitman College
   - Amanda Holland-Minkley, Washington & Jefferson College
   - Henry Walker, Grinnell College


-- 
Janet Davis (she/her or they/them)
Associate Professor and Microsoft Chair of Computer Science, Whitman
College
509-527-5758, http://cs.whitman.edu/~davisj/
Schedule an appointment: http://meetme.so/JanetDavis