Trends and Reflections
expenses, which is useful for getting more first-time attendees.
We also started having a first-timer luncheon to honor those
first-time participants. Perhaps one of you reading this personal
history will reproduce the 1992 survey with current SIGCSE
members and activities—updated, of course.
In closing, I would like to thank my SIGCSE friends for contributing so much to both my professional life and my personal
life. The SIGCSE community was my home.
Nell B. Dale
University of Texas at Austin, retired
Austin, TX 78712 USA
DOI: 10.1145/3276303 ©2018 ACM 2153-2184/18/12
who wanted teaching tips should be provided with the best of
this type of paper and encouraged to submit papers of their
own. One participant interested in research asked, “What can
SIGCSE do to add validity to research in Computer Science
Education?” We focused on this question as a solution to generating better technical papers. We started offering workshops
on educational research techniques. In June of 1998, I began a
column in the Bulletin on “Research in Computing Education.”
The results of the push for meaningful educational research
into CS Ed culminated in a new conference ICER (International
Computing Education Research) in 2005. The SIGCSE Doctoral
Consortium, where Ph.D. students could present their doctoral
research, began as part of the SIGCSE Technical Symposium in
1998 and later moved to ICER. We were becoming respectable
in the research world.
Of course, we couldn’t solve all the diversity problems. We
do now have a fund to help first time participants pay their