Annual faculty activity report

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Activity Report – Florence Appel – 6/01 – 5/02




6/01 - 5/02


Fall '01 courses:

  • CMPSC 202 – Principles of Programming I - Enrollment: approx. 25

This is the first time I have taught this course using the C++ programming language. Teaching introductory programming courses requires constant attention – I created and administered weekly quizzes, homework assignments, and in-class labs.

  • CMPSC 111 – Introduction to Computer Science – Enrollment: approx. 20

I hadn’t taught this course in a while; introduced html as the language for web page development.

  • Honors 252 – Computer Science/Technology Seminar – Enrollment: 25

Second time around for this Honors Program course. I changed the textbook and revised several of the course components, including a shoring up of the computer ethics material. The major project for the semester was the student-designed Honors Class web site.

Spring '02 courses:

  • CMPSC 251 – Computer Networks – Enrollment: approx. 25

Taught for the first time in four years; new edition of textbook.

I developed and taught this course the first time it was offered to in our graduate program. We partitioned the hard drives in S104 to allow for the introduction of Linux into the course. Programmed TCP/IP applications.

Advising work:

  • I served as academic advisor for approximately 40 Computer Science majors.

  • In my role as Chair of Computer Science, I have advised numerous students, prospective students and prospective majors and minors; also prospective graduate students.

  • In my role as Program Director of the Masters in Computer Science – Internet Information Systems Program, I fielded many email and telephone inquiries, recruited and advised all new students.

Teaching innovations:

  • I used freeware html editing software for CMPSC 111.

  • I used a variety of web-based visualizations programs for CMPSC 251.

  • I continue to use various forms of technology (eg, Internet, electronic lecture media, email) in all of my classes; web-based instruction to enhance courses.

  • I also continue to work with active and collaborative learning strategies.



  • Teaching Computer Ethics, a tutorial at the Eighth Annual Midwest Regional Conference of the Consortium for Computing in Small Colleges, Olivet-Nazarene University, Kankakee, IL September 2001. Collaboration with Keith Miller, University of Illinois at Springfield, as part of our implementation of our IBHE HECA grant entitled Encouraging Responsible Computer Usage in Illinois.

  • Writing Computer Ethics Scenarios, a workshop presented with Frances Grodzinsky, Sacred Heart University, and Gloria Childress Townsend, DePauw University, at the 33rd Annual SIGCSE Meeting (Special Interest Group – Computer Science Education), Covington, KY, February 2002.

Meetings attended:

Eighth Annual Midwest Regional Conference of the Consortium for Computing in Small Colleges (CCSC-MW), Olivet-Nazarene University, Kankakee, IL September 2001.

33rdAnnual SIGCSE Meeting (Special Interest Group – Computer Science Education), Covington, KY, February 2002.

Spring ACCA Faculty Development Meeting (Computer Science Division), Olivet-Nazarene University, Kankakee, IL April 2002. Discussion Topic: ACM Curriculum 2000 Guidelines.

CCSC–MW conference planning meetings: October 2001 and May 2002.

CEP Grant Writing Workshop, May 2002.

Professional organizations - memberships & activities:

  • Association for Computing Machinery - member of Special Interest Groups on Computer Science Education & Computers and Society (SIGCSE, SIGCAS)

  • Paper reviewer for 33rd annual SIGCSE meeting, February 2002

  • Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA) - Computer Science Division

  • Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR) - member

  • Member, Ethics Working Group

  • Consortium for Computing in Small Colleges (CCSC):

  • Chairperson, Ninth Annual Midwest Conference, to be held September 2002:

  • Organized and presided over two conference planning meetings

  • Worked with CCSC national leadership on policy issues and decisions.

  • Oversaw all aspects of conference planning; recruited Session Chairs.

  • Paper reviewer


To the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science:

  • Department Co-Chair; Chair of Computer Science; in addition to the standard department chair responsibilities, I believe that the following merit attention:

  • Mentored two new faculty

  • Mentored Gloria Fey, our new full-time staff member in charge of technical support and student tutoring services.

  • Conducted Don Fricker’s Third Year Review.

  • Masters program – Program Director

  • Recruited, advised and accepted students

  • Worked with Graduate Admissions and Public Relations

  • Oversaw all aspects of program – curricular and administrative.

  • Computer Studies – de facto Program Director

  • Student advising and problem-solving

  • Scheduling

  • Liaison to South Campus

  • Public Relations

  • Support for and maintenance of the Computer Science Computer Classroom (S104):

  • Dealt with miscellaneous problems and decisions

  • Provided direction and information to our adjunct instructors

  • Department's library liaison

To the University:

  • Honors Program faculty member

  • Attended summer meeting; contribute to on-going discussions about the direction of the Computer Science course and the Honors Program in general.

To the community:

  • Girl Scout leader



  • Revise Honors 252 to include a larger computer ethics component and other content.

  • Revise CMPSC 309 to have more of an ethics (rather than social impact) focus.


  • Conference Chair for the Ninth Annual Midwest Regional Conference of the Consortium for Computing in Small Colleges, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN, September 2002.

  • Paper reviewer for the Tenth Annual Midwest Regional Conference of the Consortium for Computing in Small Colleges, Denison University, Denison, Ohio, September 2003.

  • Paper reviewer for the February 2003 33rd annual meeting of the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE).

  • Attend NSF-sponsored workshop: Linux Network Administration, Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO, July 15-20, 2002.

Service to the Mathematics & Computer Science Department:

  • Chair, Computer Science – third year of three-year term.

  • Library liaison.

Service to the University:

  • Continue to serve on the Honors faculty

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