Reflections on SIGCSE From the Past 30 Years
FRIENDS, COLLABORATIONS, AND IDEAS
From my first close encounter with SIGCSE in 1989 to my recent experience with the hot beaches of Cyprus at ITiCSE 2018,
my journey through SIGCSE conferences and SIGCSE volunteering over the years has led to great friends, intriguing collaborations, and the transfer of innovative ideas from colleagues
into my courses. Since 2010 I have been on the SIGCSE Board.
Between the Board and the conference committees, SIGCSE
has amazing volunteers, many of whom have dedicated years
of their time to the organization to make it better. It has been
a pleasure to work with these volunteers. Consider getting involved as a SIGCSE volunteer so you can help make an impact
for the next 50 years.
I’m grateful to the many mentors who have encouraged me in CSED and to the many
volunteers I have worked with over the years in the SIGCSE community. Many thanks to
Cole Rodger Photographics.
1. Astrachan, O., Clancy, M., Nevison, C., Owens, B. and Trees, F. Advanced Placement
and C++, Opening a Dialogue, Twenty-seventh SIGCSE Technical Symposium on
Computer Science Education, 28, 1 (1996), 393–394.
2. Astrachan, O., Levine, D., Reges, S. and Walker, H. Faster, fairer, and more consistent
grading, using techniques from the Advanced Placement reading, ACM SIGCSE
Bulletin, 22, 1 (1990), 266.
3. Astrachan, O., Walker, H., Stephenson, C., Diaz, L. and Cuny, J. Advanced Placement
Computer Science: The Future of Tracking the First Year of Instruction, Fortieth
SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, 41, 1 (2009), 397–398.
4. Bergin, J., Brodie, K., Goldweber, M., Jimenez-Peris, R., Khuri, S., Martinez, M.,
McNally, M., Naps, T., Rodger, S. and Wilson, J. An Overview of Visualization: Its
Use and Design, Report of Visualization Working Group, ACM SIGCSE/SIGCUE
Conference on Integrating Technology in Computer Science Education, Barcelona,
Spain, (1996), 192–200.
5. Blythe, S., James, M. and Rodger, S. LLparse and LRparse: visual and interactive
tools for parsing, Twenty-fifth SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science
Education, 26, 1 (1994), 208–212.
6. Dean, N. and Shannon, G., Editors, Computational Support for Discrete
Mathematics, DIMACS Workshop March 12–14, 1992, DIMACS Series in Discrete
Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science, 15, (American Mathematical
7. Dougherty, J., Garcia, D. Horton, T. and Rodger, S. Panel on Teaching Faculty
Positions. Thirty-fifth SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science
Education, 36, 1 (2004), 231–232.
8. Grissom, S., Naps, T., Ross, R., Hunkins, D., Rodger, S. and Schweitzer, D. Using
visual demonstrations to teach computer science. Twenty-sixth SIGCSE Technical
Symposium on Computer Science Education, 27, 1 (1995), 370–371.
9. Nevison, C., Corica, T., Kmoch, J., Fix, S., Noonan, R, and Kay, D. Changes in the
Advanced Placement Computer Science Course Case Studies and C++,
Twenty-sixth SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, 27, 1 (1995),
10. Stehlik, M., Fix, S., Rodger, S., Nevison, C., and Weiss, M. Advanced placement
transition to C++, Twenty-ninth SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science
Education, 30, 1 (1998), 372.
11. Trahan, R. and Rodger, S. Simulation and Visualization Tools for Teaching Parallel
Merge Sort, Twenty-fourth SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science
Education, 25, 1 (1993), 237–241.
Susan H. Rodger
Computer Science Department
Durham, NC USA
DOI: 10.1145/3230695 ©2018 ACM 2153-2184/18/12
Organizing the SIGCSE 2008 conference was rewarding and
a lot of work. I was quite busy running the conference, so I can’t
tell you much about what happened at the conference that year.
Hopefully everything looked smooth to the attendees. I was
able to attend all three keynotes: Marissa Mayer, Randy Pausch
(given by Dennis Cosgrove and Wanda Dann), and Ed Lazows-ka. I tried to attend one panel session but was immediately
pulled out of it to handle a situation that had arisen. Now when
I attend a conference I appreciate all the hard work that goes
into running such an event. We documented SIGCSE 2008 by
hiring a photographer to take over 1000 pictures of all four days
of the conference and have included a few photos from SIGCSE
2008 in this article.
Figure 7: SIGCSE 2008 Program Co-Chairs: Sue Fitzgerald and
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