NEWS ADVISORY: To improve college teaching of computing, Pace University launches new Seidenberg Institute for Computing Innovation



To improve college teaching of computing, Pace University launches new Seidenberg Institute for Computing Innovation

Professors from other colleges and universities to be welcomed at first idea-sharing workshop May 18-19 in White Plains

White Plains, NY – May 17, 2011 – Pace University will launch a new Seidenberg Institute for Computing Innovation (SICI) with a kickoff event for professors to share current teaching ideas in faculty roundtables, lectures and hands-on labs on Tuesday and Wednesday May 18 and 19 from 9:30AM to 3:30PM at the Pace Graduate Center, 1 Martine Ave. in White Plains.

The new SICI is a faculty development organization at Pace with the objective of promoting courseware, curriculum, and expertise-sharing among computing faculty members in the greater New York City area who teach subjects including computer science, information systems, information technology and software engineering.

At the event, fourteen faculty members of Pace’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems will meet with colleagues and peers. Professors from ten other universities have signed up so far and more are invited. Representatives from IBM and AT&T will be in attendance to explore collaborations.

The event is open to all college faculty members in computing programs in the greater New York City area, as well as Seidenberg School alumni.

Media admission is by press pass. RSVP to Lixin Tao,, 845-365-0808.

The mission of SICI is to develop faculty expertise and extend curriculum scope and depth through faculty expertise, courseware sharing and invited seminars; support interdisciplinary program development by sharing computing technology and skills with other schools’ faculty members; engage students in extracurricular learning through virtual learning communities and competitions; and disseminate computing education research results.

Interactive communities

The session is the first in what the founders hope will be an annual series. Every May, Seidenberg faculty volunteers plan to run a series of seminars showcasing new courseware, technologies or pedagogy ready to be integrated in Seidenberg curricula and made available to other institutions. The seminars will be advertised and open to faculty and students of the greater New York City area. Selected seminars will be delivered in form of webinars. Based on the need of curriculum development and depending on fund availability, external domain experts are invited to run seminars to extend the scope and depth of Seidenberg curricula.

An interactive virtual community for SICI will be developed to promote offline idea brainstorming, problem discussion, and experience and courseware sharing. In addition, an interactive virtual community for Seidenberg students, alumni and faculty will be developed to share student learning experience, technical skills and achievement, conceptual and project challenges, Pace news, and professional perspectives and opportunities.

Student competitions will be organized yearly to engage students in computing study and promote Pace programs.

About the Seidenberg School

Inherent in The Seidenberg School’s activities and services to students, businesses, and the community is the belief that information technologies are tools for the empowerment of people. Established in 1983, Seidenberg is the youngest school within Pace University. Its mission is to prepare men and women for professional work, research, and lifelong participation in a new and dynamic information age. The school offers a student-oriented environment; small classes; committed teaching; research with professors; innovative programs, projects, and partnerships; and convenient multi-campus locations in New York City and Westchester County as well as online courses and programs.

About Pace University

For 105 years, Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

Media contact: Bill Caldwell, Pace University, 212-346-1597,

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