Disciplinary Commons Participants

Jeff Weiss Jeffrey Weiss ( http://spaces.msn.com/members/jeffreyweiss) began working at the then Frank Russell Company in 1982 as a one of six programmers on staff. Since that time he has helped build business solutions across all of the firm's hardware and software development environments including mainframes, minicomputers, the enterprise wide network, client/server configurations and the Internet. As a senior member of the Corporate IT Technology Consulting Services staff, he joins teams estimating, designing, implementing and managing projects to deliver information systems for internal and client use. In addition to a full time career at the Russell Investment Group, Jeffrey is also a part time college instructor. He began teaching Continuing Education classes in Computer Literacy at Clover Park Technical College 1993 and since 1995 he has been teaching two evening sections a quarter at Pierce College. These include introductory classes in Computer Information Systems, Operating Systems, Programming, Computer Science, Database Management, and Systems Analysis. In 2005 Jeffrrey was accepted as a member of the Pierce College District Learning Assessment Team. Beyond assignments as adjunct faculty at the Pierce College Puyallup campus, he has been active with the Combined Faculty of the University of Washington Tacoma Institute of Technology and the Washington Community and Technical Colleges.
Brad Richards Brad Richards is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Puget Sound, having joined the department in the fall of 2005 after nine years at Vassar College. He teaches a wide range of topics -- from courses in the introductory sequence to upper-level courses on computer architecture, networks, and compilers. (Links to current course pages can be found on his web page at http://orion.ups.edu/~brichards/.) Brad has authored numerous papers on pedagogy and curricular issues, was a contributor to the Association for Computing Machinery Computing Curriculum 2001 effort, and has participated in various workshops and working groups devoted to education issues. He is also a homebrewer, a woodworker, and an avid gearhead.
Janet Ash My name is Janet Ash and I teach engineering and computer science classes at Green River Community College. I don't have my own homepage and use Blackboard for my classes. I teach introductory C, C++, Java, and data structures in C++ and Java. I also teach Metallurgy to the welding and mechanical drafting students, Materials Science to the engineering transfer students, an Introduction to Engineering and Computer Science course, Introduction to Engineering Statics, Statics for non-Engineers, and a drafting course for engineering transfer students. I've been tenured at Green River for a couple years and previously taught parttime at Tacoma Community College and Highline Community College. For four summers I ran a summer camp for high school minority students on engineering design, through an NSF grant. I've been a UWT fellow both parttime and fulltime the past two years. My degrees are in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Washington a long time ago! By the way, I love my job--I like the challenge of teaching and I like helping students.
Donald Chinn Donald Chinn ( http://faculty.washington.edu/dchinn/) is an Assistant Professor in the Computing and Software Systems program in the Institute of Technology at the University of Washington, Tacoma. Previous to his position at UW, Tacoma, he was a lecturer at the University of Washington, Seattle. In the past few years, he has taught introductory programming, data structures, design and analysis of algorithms, theory of computation, and the computers, ethics, and society class. He worked at Microsoft Corporation as a software design enginner for three and a half years on the Windows 2000 team. His main research interests are in the area of computer science education.
Ravi Gandham Ravi Gandham teaches Computer Science and Information Technology courses at Bellevue Community College. Before becoming a teacher, Ravi worked at Microsoft as a lead software engineer on Visual Studio Development Tools. He has a MS in Computer Science (University of Georgia) and B.Engineering in Electrical Engineering (Nagarjuna University, India). Ravi's interests are Nature Photography and Travel.
Phyllis Topham Phyllis Topham (http://www.shoreline.edu/ptopham/) is a Professor in the Computer Information Systems program at Shoreline Community College, which is just north of Seattle, Washington. She is currently teaching programming in Visual Basic and Java and mathematics, frequently teaches JavaScript, and occasionally teaches database and applications. Her background includes a B.S. in Mathematics (Muhlenberg College), a M.S. in Computer Science (University of Washington) and many other adventures in statistics, engineering, etc. Before joining Shoreline's faculty in 1989, she taught at several colleges from Montreal to Colorado and worked in software testing. An NPR junkie, she also enjoys robotics, linguistics, travel, music, gardening, and politics.
Laurie Murphy Laurie Murphy ( http://www.cs.plu.edu/~murphyl/) is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. She joined PLU from the University of Mississippi in 1997. She holds a BS in Mathematics (Delta State University) and an MS in Computer Science (Vanderbilt University). In recent years she has taught intro to CS, data structures, programming language concepts, algorithms, Unix system design, and literacy courses for non-majors. Her research interests are in computer science education and focus on curricular and classroom assessment, active and cooperative learning and diversity issues.
Richard Hoagland My name is Richard Hoagland, and I am a fulltime professor in the Computer Information System (CIS) department at South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC). I have been teaching predominantly programming courses at this institution for the last twenty years. Prior to joining academia, I worked as a programmer/systems analyst for the Department of Licensing (Washington state) and Sperry Univac in Santa Clara, California. In addition, I have done consulting work over the years to supplement my teaching salary. I have a BS in Business Administration--Computer Science from Humboldt State University (Arcata, California). I have had the opportunity to do a faculty exchange with Otago Polytechnic in Dunedin, New Zealand and a sabbatical for additional training in his field. I enjoy traveling overseas (especially France) and doing outdoor activities. I play soccer and volleyball in the local Parks and Recreation leagues. My wife, Kayana, teaches in the Mathematics department here at SPSCC and together we are raising an eight-year old daughter, Riana, who is a joy in our lives.

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  • John Staneff John is a veteran of too many years in IT, in IT's many varieties. He has "done it all" from apprentice programmer at IBM to VP Software at Ixion. In 1998 he started doing adjunct instruction for UW/Seattle's Extension program. He has taught at ITT Tech, St Martin's College (and University), and at Pierce College, where he now calls "home". Most of his courses have been in the C/C++ languages, but he has taught Java, Office 2003, Operating Systems, Theory of Computing, Intro to Computer Science, Project Management, and various courses on Visual Basic. In his dwindling free time, he likes to hike, but often gets "caught" doing yardwork.

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    Josh Tenenberg Josh Tenenberg (http://faculty.washington.edu/jtenenbg/) is an Associate Professor and the Undergraduate Coordinator in the Computing and Software Systems program in the Institute of Technology at the University of Washington, Tacoma. He joined UWT in 2000 from Indiana University South Bend, where he was the Associate Chair for Computer Science in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and was a member of the Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching. Josh holds a B.M. in Music (San Francisco State University), and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science (University of Rochester). His recent research interests have been in Computer Science Education. He teaches across the undergraduate curriculum, though lately he has concentrated on Software Engineering and Computer Ethics. Hiking, bicycling, and reading are among his perennial favorite activities.