Pitfalls and Possibilities at Teaching-oriented Schools

Date: 
Tuesday, November 4, 2008 - 12:10am

UCSB COMPUTER SCIENCE DEPARTMENT PRESENTS:
ACADEMIA DAY

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

HOST: BEN ZHAO

SPEAKER: SAMI ROLLINS
Assistant Professor, Computer Science
University of San Francisco

Title: Pitfalls and Possibilities at Teaching-oriented Schools

Abstract:

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!

Bio:

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.