I’ve begun teaching a new class in Djibouti for the University of Maryland University College Europe, “College Mathematics (Math 103)”. The website is here: http://ecosimulation.com/chrisgregg/math103.
I received some exciting news last week: Tufts University has offered me a lecturing position in the Computer Science Department, beginning next January. I am grateful that they kept my name in the hat during my unexpected one-year Navy mobilization to Djibouti, Africa (which will end in October). Special thanks to Carla Brodley and to the rest of the faculty who had a part to play in that decision.
In other news, along with my regular duties as the CJTF-HOA J39 (Information Operations), I am currently teaching a physical science course for the University of Maryland, University College Europe at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. Videos and slideshows are available here: http://ecosimulation.com/chrisgregg/nsci100/.
I finally finished up the dissertation amendments my committee asked for, and I’ve submitted the work to the University of Virginia’s library system:
Any remaining typos in the work are actually encrypted communications to the people listed in my acknowledgments section.
I’d like to thank the members of my committee (Kim Hazelwood, Kevin Skadron, Marty Humphrey, Ben Calhoun, and Norm Rubin) for their help in making the dissertation a reality, and for their criticism, suggestions, and commentary. In particular, my advisor, Kim Hazelwood spent many hours reviewing my work and giving me tremendously good feedback and guidance over the years, and I am immensely grateful to her for the time and effort she spent mentoring me during my time at UVA. Thanks, Kim!
I got a letter a few days ago informing me that I have won the All-University Graduate Teaching Assistant Award in Math, Science and Engineering. To quote the letter,
“The competition for the All-University award was intense, and selection committee members felt that your dossier clearly exhibited excellence in teaching. The recommendations of faculty members with whom you work, as well as evaluations by your former students, show that you have strong command of your subject, the capacity to inspire students, and highly developed organizational and teaching skills.”
Wow — I am honored for the award, and am grateful for the appreciation of my teaching.
I just found out that I have been awarded a University of Virginia Engineering Graduate Teaching Assistant award for my teaching at UVA. I am grateful to Aaron Bloomfield for nominating me for the award. All departmental winners are forwarded for consideration for the All-University Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards, which are decided on by the end of the semester.
The course evaluations for Computer Architecture (CS-3330 and ECE-3330) have been posted. Click on the link below for a PDF with the statistics and student comments. Note that there are two sets of evaluations (and two sets of comments), one for CS-3330 and the other for ECE-3330, which was a combined class.
I’d like to thank all of the students in CS/ECE 3330 for a great semester. Thank you for the feedback as the class progressed (both anonymous and attributed), and I learned a great deal myself. Thank you as well for the constructive feedback on the course evaluations. Hopefully I will see many you around grounds this spring, and have a great semester!
I am on the job market, looking for teaching positions at various colleges and universities across the country. My goal is to find a position in a computer science or computer engineering department, or at a school of education that allows me to teach a number of courses as well as to continue with my heterogeneous computing research and with my research into the pedagogy of introductory parallel programming. Most schools request a CV, teaching statement, research statement, and letters of recommendation. Below are quick links to the first three:
I have been chosen to teach the 3rd year undergraduate Computer Architecture (CS/ECE-3330) course at UVA. I’m looking forward to it, although it looks like the class could have over 130 students. We will be using the excellent text, “Computer Organization and Design”, Fourth Edition, by David Patterson and John Hennessey.
This summer, I am teaching a programming course to middle school students where the students will be learning how to program in four programming languages: Python, Scheme, Java, and C. The course is only two weeks long (with three different classes), but we will be focusing on similarities between languages, and I hope that the students will gain a deeper insight into programming in general.
Luther Tychonievich and I created a parallel programming course for fourth and fifth graders. We decided that we wanted to see if that age group (all novice programmers) were capable of learning some rudimentary parallel programming, so we decided to give it a shot. We taught the course through the UVA Saturday Enrichment Program at the Curry School of Education. We designed and implemented a new parallel programming language called EcoSim, which is available at http://ecosimulation.com. Feel free to check it out!