CS Department Responsibilities

The computer science faculty actively engage in activities and projects within Grinnell College, the Science Division, the department, and other areas. This page serves as a reference and contact list for many of these activities. Since all faculty are actively engaged in teaching, this page does not include specific activities related to classes, course development, or other aspects of teaching.

Contact the relevant faculty member if you have questions or comments regarding any of these activities.

Contact the department chair if you have questions about the department, organizational matters, or other areas not covered in this listing.

College Level

Committees that require a representative from Computer Science

Chair, Department of Computer Science: Charlie Curtsinger and Peter-Michael Osera

College-level Service

Assessment Committee: Barbara Johnson

Faculty Organizing Committee: Jerod Weinman

Web Governance: Jerod Weinman

Public Events Committee: Peter-Michael Osera

Ombuds Advisory Committee: Peter-Michael Osera

Scholarship Committee: Charlie Curtsinger

Judicial Review/Oversight Committee: Charlie Curtsinger

Film and Media Studies Advisory Committee: Peter-Michael Osera

Digital Studies Advisory Committee: Peter-Michael Osera

Science Division Level

Facilities Management Liaison: Jerod Weinman

General Science Major: Samuel A. Rebelsky

Hendrixson Fund: Fernanda Monteiro Eliott

MathLAN Advisory Panel: Charlie Curtsinger

Noyce Visiting Professor Committee: Samuel A. Rebelsky

Science Division Personnel Committee: Jerod Weinman

Working Group for Diversity and Inclusion: Peter-Michael Osera and Sarah Dahlby-Albright

Department Level

Department Co-Chairs: Charlie Curtsinger and Peter-Michael Osera

  • Supervision of departmental assistant(s)
  • Development of faculty-staff teaching assignment
  • Creation of class schedules
  • Faculty recruiting
  • Promotion, tenure, contract renewal reviews
  • Merit reviews
  • Regular meetings with Student Educational Policy Committee (SEPC)
  • Paperwork from Dean’s office
  • Faculty mentoring
  • College catalog entry
  • Review transfer credit requests
  • Budget

ACM Student Chapter: Jerod Weinman

  • Work with student group on its priorities.

Assessment Coordinator: Barbara Johnson

  • Identification, posting of learning outcomes
  • Coordination with Analytics and Institutional Research (AIR) and the Center for Teaching Learning and Assessment (CTLA)

Communications Liaison and Web Site Admin: Charlie Curtsinger

  • Work on design of Web site.
  • Update Web site.
  • Coordinate with student assistant.
  • Coordinate with Communications department.

Computer Science Museum: Jerod Weinman

  • Rebuild and update catalog.
  • Inventory equipment.
  • Design and update displays.

Computer Science Commons: CS SEPC

  • Make sure there’s water in the coffee pot.
  • Straighten.
  • Wash stray dishes.

Graduate Program Liaison: Jerod Weinman

  • Serve as a contact point for institutions interested in recruiting at Grinnell.
  • Organize talks.
  • Work with CLS to coordinate travel for recruiting weekends.

Liaison to University of Iowa Cooperative Degree Program: Jerod Weinman

  • Arrange annual talk.
  • Coordinate with UIowa.
  • Serve as resource for interested students.

Pledge of the Computing Professional: Eric Autry

  • Interface with national organization.
  • Coordinate ceremony.

Study Abroad in CS: Jerod Weinman

  • Maintain list of study-abroad programs relevant to CS
  • Maintain list of course equivalents in those programs
  • Advise students on study-abroad options
  • Coordinate with Off-Campus Study office

Supervision of Peer Educators (Mentors, Lab Assistants, Tutors): Sarah Dahlby-Albright

  • Train mentors, evening tutors, individual tutors, graders
  • Prepare lists of responsibilities for peer educators
  • Prepare picture list of peer educators
  • Recruit students for peer-educator positions
  • Interview prospective peer educators
  • Work with faculty to assign peer mentors to classes
  • Prepare schedule of evening tutors
  • Assign individual and small-group tutors to students
  • Read and respond to reports from individual tutors, evening tutors, and mentor sessions
  • Gather data on usage of peer educators

Diversity initiatives

CPUs (Computing Peers United): Sarah Dahlby-Albright

  • Support student leaders.

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing: Peter-Michael Osera

  • Gather fundings to support student attendance.
  • Advertise program to students and encourage them to seek scholarships.
  • Organize pre-conference session.
  • Mentor students at conference.
  • Organize post-conference session.

Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing: Samuel A. Rebelsky

  • Gather fundings to support student attendance.
  • Advertise program to students and encourage them to seek scholarships.
  • Organize pre-conference session.
  • Mentor students at conference.
  • Organize post-conference session.

Women and Gender Minorities in Computing: Fernanda Monteiro Eliott

  • Work with students on group interests.

GrinTech Advisor: Fernanda Monteiro Eliott

  • Serve as the faculty advisor to the GrinTech organization at Grinnell College

Social activities

Computer Science Table: Charlie Curtsinger and Eric Autry

  • Pick readings
  • Advertise (coordinate with ASA)
  • Lead discussions

Picnic: Peter-Michael Osera, , and Eric Autry

Picnic Chefs: Jerod Weinman and Charlie Curtsinger

Senior Lunch: TBD

Study Breaks: CS SEPC

Thursday Extras: Jerod Weinman

  • Arrange and maintain schedule
  • Work with ASA to advertise

Annual Talks

Department Welcome Session: Charlie Curtsinger

Graduate School (mid fall): Fernanda Monteiro Eliott and Eric Autry

Professional Development: CS SEPC and ACM Student Chapter

Summer Opportunities in CS (late fall): TBD

Summer Research at Grinnell (early spring): Fernanda Monteiro Eliott and CS faculty taking summer research students.

Major Declaration and Advising (early spring): TBD (coordinator)