Welcome to the March issue of Inroads. When this issue hits your local newsstand you might be packing your bags for your trip to Seattle to attend the SIGCSE Technical Symposium. If so, pack
your umbrella and we’ll see you there!
The Inroads Haiku contest has come to a close and we have some great submissions! Who knew
geeks write good haiku? We thank you for all of your submissions. Back page editor John Barr will be
pouring over the entries to select the best to appear in an upcoming issue.
We welcome Daniel Zingaro (University of Toronto, Mississauga) to the Editorial Advisory Board
(EAB). Dan often presents at the SIGCSE Technical Symposium and has a couple of Nifty assignments
to his name. Dan has also already authored two book reviews for Inroads (one appears in this issue)
and we hope to see more contributions in the future. As we continue to expand our EAB, we welcome
your nominations—including self-nominations.
Ellen Walker has been hard at work gathering news of a computing education bent from the ACM
Special Interest Groups. This month we have reports from Amber Settle (SIGCSE) and Ginger Alford
(SIGGRAPH Education Committee). We thank them for keeping us up-to-date across the computing
As always, our tireless columnists have been hard at work sharing their education insights. Regular
columnist Gillian Bain has shifted her focus away from distance learning to start a new column entitled
“Convergent Pathways in Tertiary Education.” In this column, Gillian and co-author Graham Wilson, both
of the University of the Highlands and Islands in the United Kingdom, write about educating a diverse
student population of non-traditional CS students. We are excited to hear about these challenges and
how we can bring their solutions to bear in our own classrooms.
We also welcome Beth Quinn from NCWIT. She proposed that Inroads highlight the EngageCSEdu
project’s efforts to attract a wider diversity of students to CS by fostering engaging introductory computing
education, principally via a unique online repository of quality peer-reviewed materials informed by
research on engaging and retaining students. Beth will curate a column, aptly named EngageCSEdu, that
will present the excellent work of faculty making their introductory CS courses relevant and meaningful
by integrating interdisciplinary content that helps attract and retain students. In this first column, Beth
introduces the column and why its presence is important in Inroads. Welcome aboard Beth!
Finally, we’d like to introduce the new Technology that Educators of Computing Hail (TECH)
column. (The first of these actually appeared in the last issue.) This column, organized by Dan Garcia
(University of California, Berkeley), features a guest columnist each issue. These authors all presented
work at a SIGCSE Symposium TECH session. TECH will highlight technologies that educators find useful
in their classrooms. These pieces will focus on the technologies and how they are used, but are not
comprehensive reviews of the systems. We hope you find a gem or two in these columns that you can
apply in your classrooms. Thank you, Dan, for getting this project on its feet.
Each issue of Inroads only comes together because of the hard work of a large team of volunteers:
Associate Editors, Columnists, News Contributors, Editorial Advisory Board members, authors, and
reviewers. This group needs to represent the breadth of the computing education community. Please
consider nominating someone you think would add a new perspective to the Inroads team. Also,
consider signing up to be a reviewer. To do so, visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/inroads.
Mark Bailey and Laurie Smith King
EDITORS’ MESSAGE Mark Bailey Hamilton College Laurie Smith King College of the Holy Cross