Academia Day 2008

Monday, November 3, 2008 - 3:43pm

The Computer Science Department is presenting Academia Day 2008, on
November 7th. Academia Day is an opportunity for UCSB students to
learn about what a career in academia is really like, from faculty at
different stages of their career, as well as an UCSB alum who will
discuss her own experiences. This year’s event will feature Prof.
Sami Rollins (PhD 2003), who will speak about life in academia after
UCSB, and will also feature a panel on “Balancing Priorities in Life
and Academia.” Students of all levels are welcome! Come join us, and
learn about life on the other side.

Friday, November 7, 2008
Computer Science Conference Room, Harold Frank Hall Rm. 1132

1:30 – 2:30 Talk
2:30 – 3:30 Coffee Hour
3:30 – 4:30 Panel

Assistant Professor, Computer Science
University of San Francisco

Title: Pitfalls and Possibilities at Teaching-oriented Schools


A common misconception is that faculty at non-PhD granting
institutions are unable to be productive researchers because of their
significant teaching commitment. In reality, teaching schools
provide a great environment for faculty to truly balance teaching and
research. In this talk, I will discuss my experience at two small,
teaching-oriented colleges: Mount Holyoke College and the University
of San Francisco. I will discuss the extent of the teaching
responsibilities at these and similar schools, and overview several
models for conducting research without the benefit of PhD students. I
will also discuss my experience with a pre-tenure job switch.
Teaching schools are not for everyone, but you may fit in better than
you would expect!


Sami Rollins received her B.A. degree from Mills College and her M.S.
and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Santa
Barbara. She taught for three years at Mount Holyoke College before
joining the faculty at the University of San Francisco. Her general
research interests include networking and distributed systems and her
current research focuses on data and energy management for mobile
systems. Her teaching interests include networking and distributed
systems, introductory computer science, data structures, and
algorithms. She is also extremely committed to increasing the
participation of women in the field of computer science.