Academic Year 2010-2011 Name Florence Appel Rank Professor
Department Computer Science Date June 1, 2011
Fall '10 courses
ACSG 575 (4.5) – Information Ethics – Enrollment: 25
First time course offered. It was delivered as a graduate level course, but there were five undergraduate students in it as well, taking it for undergraduate credit. Assignments were adjusted for both student levels.
CMPSC 321 (4.0) / ACSG 590 – Database Theory and Design -Enrollment: 15
Standard academic advising for about 15 Computer Science majors
S-STEM advising (NSF scholarship program) throughout the year, especially freshmen
Teaching innovations, improvements and self-evaluation
For my ACSG 575 course, I utilized an ethics website that was developed by Michael Sandel of Harvard. My students were assigned to watch videos from this site, and participated in the online ethics community built around the site.
II. Scholarly-Creative Activity
Privacy For Database Design, http://csmaster.sxu.edu/privacy, a comprehensive website in fulfillment of my NSF-funded project Integrating Privacy Into the Database Curriculum; includes student mini-lessons and instructional modules containing privacy content, instructor guidelines, resources & teaching tips. I continue to maintain it with updates and new materials.
What One Small Department Does on Behalf of Its Women Students, IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society 2011 (ISTAS), May 2011.
Director of the National Science Foundation S-STEM Scholarship program
Recruitment (working with Admissions, contacting applicants), mentoring and advising of students, working with Student Services to provide support programming, renewing awards, liaising with local businesses and Information Services to place students in internships; programming & planning (with Jean Mehta & Jean Riordan) for the monthly S-STEM Seminar
Department contact person, National Center for Women In Technology (NCWIT) Academic Alliance
College of Arts and Sciences
Director, Women and Gender Studies (served third year of three year term)
Chair, Faculty Affairs Committee, (third year of 3-year term; spring semester as chair); oversaw the FAC negotiating team through negotiation of a new CBA
Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County
Member, Religious School Committee, 8/2004 – present
Sunday School teacher, 1/2007 - present
Chair, Special Interest Group on Computers and Society (SIGCAS)
I have just completed the third year of my second three-year term as SIGCAS Chair. In this capacity, I preside over a four-person Executive Committee, oversee the publication of a quarterly electronic newsletter, write a quarterly “Message from the Chair” column, represent SIGCAS at two national SIG Governing Board (SGB) meetings each year, and lead SIGCAS with initiatives, membership activities and collaboration efforts with other SIGs. I officially represent SIGCAS at meetings of other ACM committees.
Midwest Regional Ethics Bowl judge, Harper College, November 2010.
Local Arrangements Chair, IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society 2011 (ISTAS), Saint Xavier, May 23-25, 2011.
IV. Report on use of course reassignment(s)
Standard Course Release: Directed a semester of the NSF S-STEM scholarship program; the other semester’s directorship is funded by the grant.
V. Additional activity related to role as faculty member
Nothing additional to report
VI. Future Plans
Join AP CS project – this is a National Science Foundation funded coalition to develop a new Computer Science Advanced Placement course that focuses on computing principles rather than programming. I have applied to become part of the group to offer corresponding pilot courses for which students would receive AP credit at the University level. I will teach three sections of this course (CMPSC 112) in 2011-2012. I will be attending a workshop at Purdue this month.
Continue work on the Privacy for Database Design website at csmaster.sxu.edu/privacy.