Teach Your Heart Out / Krissy.Venosdale
I've had this post bottled up for a while now, waiting for the papers to finally be signed. As of July 1, I will be a faculty instructor for our School of Computer Science for a one year term. I'll be taking leave from my PhD to take advantage of this opportunity.
Because this is exactly the job I want for my career, I am obviously very, very excited.
In addition to seeing what I can do in terms of recruiting and retaining women in our programs, I am really looking forward to trying a few interesting things in terms of pedagogy (though I will start small to make sure I have a handle on the courses I'm covering first). One course I will be doing is Intro to Computers for Arts and Social Sciences, which I had been working on improving when I taught it in summers past. This year, I'd like to try using Python and test out the book chapters I've been working on for the introductory CS book I introduced way back when (yup, we are still working on it!). I am also hoping to use this course to further our research on using stories to teach computer science.
I've been keeping notes and links to awesome teaching resources for a while now, but I want to ask my fellow educators out there: what single tip would you give to a new instructor? What awesome resources would you share?