SCI faculty and staff

Our Mission

With more students graduating with a Computer Science degree than any other major at Georgia Tech and the Institute’s requirement that every student complete at least one programming course, quality instruction on the foundations of computing has never been more important. The School of Computing Instruction (SCI) was created to serve these critical needs within Georgia Tech and beyond. 

Our award-winning teaching-focused faculty have three core missions:  

  • Platform for Creativity and Innovation.  SCI’s creative faculty boldly experiment with new ideas and approaches to pedagogy, while continually re-examining proven methods to ensure their approach is effective and practical across a diverse set of courses and students. Ultimately, we consider SCI a platform for meaningful experimentation and invite collaborations both within and beyond Georgia Tech to further push the envelope in computing education. 
  • Scalability of Computing Instruction.  SCI’s faculty design and serve as primary instructors for the College’s array of introductory computer science courses, direct the junior design/capstone program for our undergraduate computing majors, and teach a selection of upper-division and graduate level courses that reflect our faculty’s varied interests. At the undergraduate level, SCI faculty teach a third of the College’s 1000-4000 level course offerings or half of the nearly 9000 undergraduate computing course seats each semester. Further, we reach tens of thousands of GT graduate students and non-GT students through special initiatives, such as MOOCs and the state of Georgia’s dual enrollment high school program.  
  • Transparency and Meaningful DialogueWhile the main source of recognition we desire is from the numerous learners our faculty reach, we seek to foster meaningful dialogue and to share what works and what does not work in practice, in order to inspire others to attempt new ideas in computing education. We will use SCI’s platform to encourage the distribution of information and (of course) to learn from others. We aspire to be leaders in the conversation on computing education.   

Be on the lookout for more from SCI, not just through the traditional channels of academic research, but in all the places where discussions about computing instruction are happening.