Friday, January 7, 2011

SBU CIS Faculty to be Published in Journal

Southwest Baptist University News Release
Contact: Sharina Smith, Office of Marketing & Communications
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BOLIVAR, Mo. Southwest Baptist University's Department of Computer and Information Sciences announced today that four computer and information sciences department faculty members will have papers published in the May 2011 issue of the Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges. 

The faculty members are Dr. Tim DeClue, Dr. Baochuan Lu, Dr. James Cain, and Jeff Kimball.

The journal is a publication of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges, an endorsed society of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) the world’s largest and oldest association for computing professionals.  The faculty will present their work on April 7 and 8 at the Central Plains Regional meeting of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC-CP) at the University of Central Missouri. 

All of the faculty members collaborated on a paper titled, “Five Focused Strategies for Increasing Retention in CS1,” a paper which shares strategies used at SBU for achieving over 95% retention in the first software engineering course in the computer science curriculum.  Dr. Lu and Dr. DeClue have also been asked to present their paper titled “Teaching Agile Methodology in a Software Engineering Capstone Course.”  In this paper Dr. Lu and Dr. DeClue discuss how using cutting edge software engineering techniques affect learning and pedagogy in an academic environment.

“It is an honor to be selected by such a prestigious conference and publication, and doubly so since all four of the fulltime faculty in the CIS Department were selected.  I’m not sure if any other university achieved this kind of success.  I guess it means we are doing something right,” said Dr. DeClue.  “It is a blessing to have your work recognized,” he continued.

Besides appearing in the Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, the papers will be housed in ACM’s searchable Digital Library (DL) located at  According to the ACM, the DL is the leading digital library of computer science literature, world class publications, and online books.

SBU’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences has garnered multiple national awards in recent years, and is housed in the nationally-ranked College of Business and Computer Science.


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