Request to Advertise a Faculty Position Fall 2008

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Request to Advertise a Faculty Position


Department:

Computer Science



Program:

Computer Science

#
of FT
tenure
-
track faculty requested:

1

# 1 yr temps requested:

0

Area
(
s
)

of Specialization:

Computer Architecture, Logic Design, Networking,
Operating
Systems
, Introductory Programming

Possible Interdisciplinary Connections:

Bioinformatics
, Geographic Information
Systems, Mathematics

# Majors fall 08

95



5 year trend in majors

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

117

111

140

175

173


# Majors declaring in
freshman class

17

5 year trend declaring freshmen

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

25

20

22

22

37


# FT Faculty: spring 08

5

fall 08

5

# Adjuncts: spring 08

1 FTE

fall 08

1 FTE

Retirements formally announced

none

Unfilled positions searched in 07
-
08

none

Narrative rationale:


The Computer Science department would like to request a search for a full
-
time
tenure
-
track faculty member to be hired for Fall 2009. The position that we are
asking to fill was last held by Paul Chiasson, who left the departmen
t in January
2005. The position has been filled by Andrey Varpahovsky as an adjunct in Spring
2005 and as a full
-
time temporary faculty member in AY 2005
/2006
, AY 2006
/2007

and AY
2007
/2008
. We had been allowed to hire Mr. Varpahovsky for a third, year
but

were not allowed to hire him again. Last year, our request to replace Mr.
Varpahovsky with a tenure
-
track faculty member was denied. Instead we were
allowed to hire a new on
-
year temporary faculty member


Dr. Jingyu Zhang.

The department has another curr
ently unfilled position, last held by Dale Fish, who
left the department in May 2007. We did not ask to fill that position last year and are
not asking to fill that position this year, as we are waiting to see if Computer Science
enrollments increase as th
ey have begun to do nationally.
We do have 4 day courses
currently being taught by adjuncts making up for the loss of this full
-
time position.

In addition,
Hemant Pendharkar

is on leave of absence for AY 2007/2008 and AY
2008/2009. He must notify the VPAA by January 31, 2008 if he intends to return
after his leave ends on August 31, 2009. We may need to hire a replacement for Dr.
Pendharkar if he decides not to return.

Enroll
ment in Computer Science was at its peak in the years 2000 and 2001, with
the department offering our first course for majors to more than 100 students each
fall. After the dot
-
com bust, enrollments steadily declined in Computer Science
nation
-
wide. Our en
rollment reached its low
-
point in 2004 with fewer than 20
students in the first course.
Nationally, enrollment in CS has begun increa
sing in the
last year and demand for Computer Science graduates has outstripped production.

Last year we had approved by

go
vernance a new
, streamlined

Computer Science
Major that we hope will be more attractive to students. It includes a new
non
-
majors
course that will be part of the LASC in the Quan
titative Reasoning area and is also

the first course in the CS major, providin
g students with a means and a reason to
experiment with taking a CS course and maybe becoming a CS major.

In addition, we plan to submit our CS 120 Microcomputer Applications course as a
LASC Quantitative Reasoning course. Every section of this course tha
t we offer has
been full, and we expect it
to
become more popular when it is an option for fulfilling
the LASC Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

The Mathematics Department and the VPAA agreed that the Computer Science
Department would take over the teach
ing of Discrete Math I and II. These two
courses are required for all CS majors and provide the foundational mathematics
underlying computation. The Math department plans to eliminate Discrete Math I
from the requirements for their major, meaning that only

CS students will be
required to take these courses. We have one faculty member who is currently
teaching one four
-
credit section of these courses each semester.

In addition, our department

teaches one

section per year of UR 230 Technology,
Public Policy a
nd Urban Society. This course
is required of all CS majors as

part of
our accreditation requirements. Students from other disciplines have been filling
the remaining seats in the class.

We have plans to submit to governance a new course in programming for
math and
science majors, which has been requested by the Math, Physical Science and
Chemistry departments. This will add at least one additional section per year to our
department’s load.

In summary, the department currently has 5 full
-
time faculty mem
bers

(3 tenure
-
track and 2 full
-
time temporary)
, down from 6
(tenure
-
track)
in 2005
.
Having only
three tenure
-
track faculty puts an undue burden on them for advising and
curriculum development efforts. It is important for the stability of the program and
for o
ur students to have faculty who are familiar with the program and have a stake
in the department’s success.
If this search is approved and successful, the
department will remain at 5 faculty. This is appropri
ate for our current

enrollment.
However, w
ith
na
tional trends, our new major
curriculum,
our proposed LASC and
n
on
-
major

offerings and
agreement
s

with the Math
and Urban Studies
department
s

to teach Discrete Math I and II

and UR 230
, we expect that our department will need
to return to 6 faculty members

in the near future.