[SIGCIS-Members] Good news! Re: History courses in CS departments

Koblentz, Evan evank at njit.edu
Wed Mar 1 18:33:35 PST 2023

My course is permanent now! Our CS faculty voted in favor of it today. The
department chairman called me with the good news and said there were only
two 'no' votes. It's going to be CS-210. I hoped for 300 level, but I'll
take it.

Now that it's no longer a special topics course starting this fall, I will
post a syllabus at https://web.njit.edu/~evank/.

The many replies to my original post on this list, both on/off-list, were
very helpful. Thank you again to everyone who posted constructively.

On Wed, Feb 15, 2023 at 12:40 PM Evan Koblentz <evank at njit.edu> wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> I've been teaching a special topics course in computer history for three
> semesters here at NJIT. The university policy is three semesters maximum,
> then the course must be made permanent or cancelled. So I'm going through
> the process of trying to make it permanent.
> The department administration supports it, but it has to be voted on by
> the rank-and-file faculty, many of whom don't seem to understand the value
> of a history course -- or at least not of a history course in a technical
> department, rather than through our humanities college.
> It would help if I can show them other examples. Can anyone point me
> existing examples of history courses in CS, EE, or other technical
> departments at U.S. universities?
> --
> Evan Koblentz
> New Jersey Institute of Technology
> - Senior Writer, Office of Strategic Communications
> - Adjunct Instructor, Ying Wu College of Computing
> - Faculty/Staff Advisor, NJIT Lego Club
> evank at njit.edu
> (973) 596-3065
> https://web.njit.edu/~evank
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