If you're thinking of submitting for this event, the deadline is in one week, but submissions are short (1-2 pages) so there's still plenty of time to prepare yours! Visit the event site or use the links below to find templates you can fill out with information on your curriculum, CS+X course, or recruiting model that you'd like to share with the community.
SIGCSE 2021 Affiliated Event: Innovations and Opportunities in Liberal Arts Computing Education
This is a SIGCSE 2021 affiliated event organized by members of the SIGCSE Committee on Computing Education in Liberal Arts Colleges. Full details about this event including this Call for Participation are available at the SIGCSE 2021 affiliated event site.
This event builds on priorities identified at our SIGCSE 2020 Pre-Symposium event, and the program committee invites submissions for the following sessions:
We also welcome those that would like to attend and participate in this event, but do not have a submission for one of the above sessions.
All attendees, whether making a submission or not, will also need to formally register for the event through the SIGCSE Technical Symposium registration system. Apart from the required SIGCSE TS registration there will be no additional cost to participants for this event. More information about registration will be posted when the SIGCSE TS registration system becomes available.
All submissions will be lightly screened by the program committee for suitability. All suitable submissions will be made available to the community through the event site and all authors of accepted submissions will receive an invitation to participate in the synchronous event and to optionally submit a video presentation. In addition, the program committee will extend invitations to the authors of select submissions to participate in a panel discussion that will begin each synchronous session.
A template for submission or description of requested information is provided for each session, as well as a contact for questions or email submissions. All submissions may be made through email or GitHub pull request following the process described in the section below. Submissions to multiple sessions are welcome.
We anticipate being able to invite everyone who expresses interest. However, in the unlikely event that our (virtual) venue cannot accommodate everyone, attendees will be selected giving first priority to those contributing to one of the three sessions and then reviewing attendance applications to achieve representation from a broad range of institutions. All interested faculty and students are welcome.
Important Dates:
Call for Submission:
The program committee invites three types of submissions for the pre-symposium event. Participants are welcome to make multiple submissions.
  1. Curricular Model Submissions:​ A brief (approximately 2-page) description of the curricular model of your liberal arts computing program.
Please see the Curriculum Submission Templates below and the samples (Dickinson College, Whitman College). 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.
Given the COVID-19 disruption of our 2020 event, the committee welcomes updated resubmissions of curricular innovations from the 2020 event.
Contact: Jim Teresco [log in to unmask]
  1. CS+X Course Submissions: A brief (2-page) description of a CS+X course (or courses), along with additional information, as described in the submission template.
Faculty members with experience teaching a CS+X course are invited to submit their applications to present their course and participate in Q&A sessions and small group discussions. Submissions describing models that are particularly innovative or effective at balancing the contributions and perspective of both computer science and the other discipline are encouraged. Potential areas of focus include learning outcomes, collaboration challenges, target populations, challenges for faculty teaching the courses, decision variables that guide the course content or structure, or constraints on the courses (institutional, departmental, or otherwise).
Contact: Luke Gusukuma [log in to unmask]
  1. Recruiting Submissions:
Provide a very brief (1-page) position statement regarding mentoring, recruiting, and hiring for Liberal Arts CS positions. The first paragraph should be a short career biography; subsequent paragraphs should discuss your ideas for, or potential contributions to, community efforts such as a workshop or mentoring program.
Contact: Andrea Tartaro [log in to unmask]
Submission Process:
Submissions may be made in one of two ways:
  1. Write your submission in a a MS Word, rich text or plain text document using the appropriate template from above.
  2. E-mail the contact for the session 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.
  1. Fork the Computing in the Liberal Arts SICSE2021 Pre-Symposium Event Repository <INCLUDE LINK>.
  2. Create a branch for your submission.
  3. Add a sub-directory for your submission to the appropriate directory (curricula, cs+x, or recruiting).
  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. Format your submission using the appropriate template from above.
  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.
Post Event Reports
The Program Committee intends to collaborate interested authors from each session to write event reports. These reports will be posted to this repository and may also be submitted to a peer reviewed venue for publication (e.g. SIGCSE Bulletin).
Tentative Event Agenda
The event will run for two half days in the week prior to the SIGCSE TS. Dates and times will be announced as soon as they are finalized with the SIGCSE TS Committee.
    Amanda Holland-Minkley, Washington & Jefferson College
    Janet Davis, Whitman College
    Mario Nakazawa, Berea College
    Andrea Tartaro, Furman University
    Jim Teresco, Siena College
Program Committee
Curricular Models:
        Douglas Baldwin, SUNY Geneseo
        Jakob Barnard, University of Jamestown
        Grant Braught, Dickinson College
        Jim Teresco, Siena College
        Henry Walker, Grinnell College
CS+X Courses:
        Luke Gusukuma, Virginia Tech
        Bruce Maxwell, Colby College
        Mario Nakazawa, Berea College
Mentoring, Recruiting and Hiring:
        Janet Davis, Whitman College
        Andrea Tartaro, Furman University

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