Service

My service record shown here reflects my work at UBC with a committee commitment breakdown of 2/3 with Vantage College and 1/3 with the Computer Science Department. For my prior contributions to both parallel and education research communities and outreach initiatives see my full CV.

Computer Science Department

  • (2015-present) As a member of the UBC Computer Science Undergraduate Operations Committee (UGO) I contribute with advising appointments (2 hr/wk) as well as sharing time-sensitive advising tasks such as pre-requisite checks, graduation checks, etc. with the rest of the committee.  Additionally I contribute in bi-weekly UGO meetings covering training, advising decisions and planning.
  • (2016-present) As a member of the ad hoc Computer Science Lecturer Hiring Committee I helped with three sets of interviews over the year.  My role involved, reviewing of online applications (~10/period), interviewing and evaluation (~4/period) and recruiting applicants.
  • (2016) As a member or the Merit Committee I was one of many faculty to evaluate the contributions of Computer Science teaching and research faculty by reviewing their CVs, teaching evaluations and merit reports.

Vantage College

  • (2017) As Chair of the Vantage Capstone Conference I oversaw an Organizing Committee of 5 faculty who met weekly from April to July to support the planning of this student led conference.  My main goal as Chair was to provide the student organizing committee (3-5 members from each of the 4 streams) with the support and direction to plan and deploy a conference that is representative of the current cohort while along the way developing their skills as leaders.
  • (2016-present) As Chair of the Vantage Academic Outreach Committee, new in September 2016 I lead the mandate to share Vantage practices and innovations both internally and externally to UBC. In bi-weekly meetings, we have identified and made progress on 3 concrete actions:
    • Canned/flexible slide presentations for Vantage staff/faculty to use in explanations of what Vantage is
    • Centralized collection of contributions being made by Vantage staff and faculty
    • Spotlights: Research of host platform, classification refinement, interview design and deployment
  • (2015-present) As a member of the Vantage Applied Science Curriculum Committee I contribute to bi-weekly meetings to discuss curriculum changes, student wellness, grades submission and admission and progression policies.  In conjunction with these duties I have participated in and helped to plan multiple social events for Vantage Applied Science students.
  • (2015-present) As a member of the Vantage Science Curriculum Committee I contribute to weekly meetings to discuss curriculum changes, student wellness, grades submission and admission and progression policies.  In conjunction with these duties I have participated in and helped coordinate social events for Vantage Science students.

UBC Community

  • (2016-present) I work with the UBC Residence Life Team as the Prof-in-Res for Orchard Commons to support the goal to provide direct interaction with faculty to first-year student residents. This interaction is intended to provide a setting in which students can gain academic insights and advice as well as to increase student comfort with approaching faculty. As the Prof-in-Rez my duties include:
    • programming + hosting of events (2*2hrs/wk) + communication (staff / RAs)
    • bi-weekly meetings with UBC wide Residence Advisor teams + participation in Residence Advisor events (~3/term)
    • inter-residence events (1 per term) + planning retreat (end of terms)
  • (Sep-Apr 2017) Mentor, UBC Women in Science (WiS) Mentorship program.
  • (Sep-Apr 2017) Mentor, UBC Residence Life Mentorship program.
  • (Sep 2017) O-Prof, Meet a Prof, Imagine Day, Faculty of Science.
  • (Sep 2017) Faculty co-representative, Meet a Prof, Imagine Day, Vantage Applied Science.
  • (Aug 2017) Faculty Fellow, JumpStart Student Orientation, UBC First Year Experience.
  • (Aug 2017) Panelist, JumpStart Prof Talks, UBC First Year Experience.
  • (Aug 2017) Panelist, JumpStart Advising Session, Vantage College.
  • (March 2017) Judge, BizHacks: case-competition/hackathon with collaborative teams of business and computer science students, Sauder School of Business, UBC.
  • (Feb 2017) Reviewer, UBC Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC), UBC.
  • (Oct 2016) Panelist, Lunch and Learn for female CS and prospective CS students, Focus on Women in Computer Science/Committee on Diversity and Equity.
  • (Sep 2016) Faculty co-representative, “Meet a Prof”, Imagine Day, Vantage Applied Science.
  • (Aug 2016) Panelist, JumpStart Advising Session, Vantage College.
  • (Mar 2016) Faculty representative, “Women in Tech Panel”, Focus on Women in Computer Science.
  • (Mar 2016) Faculty co-representative, Meet your Major, Faculty of Science.
  • (Feb 2016) Faculty co-representative, Vantage TA Orientation/Training.
  • (Sep 2015) Faculty co-representative, Vantage TA Orientation/Training.
  • (Sep 2015) Faculty co-representative, Meet a Prof, Imagine Day, Vantage Science.

Outreach Initiatives

  • (Feb 2017) Panelist, STEM high-school career fair, Opening the Door, Science World, Vancouver, BC.
  • (2017) Code Parties: A pilot project inspired by hackathons and coding competitions but with a cooperative flair.  I meet with a group of three students for ~2hours/week and they bring problems or projects that they would like to work on.  The students both discuss/work together and work individually on their own interests.  While this is currently in pilot phase, I would like to expand this and introduce a white boarding style, interview preparation questions.  The idea, is to develop students’ skills in this area in a non-judgmental, collegial environment to develop their confidence for interview success.
  • (2007-2010) ACCESS  (Aboriginal Connections with Computing, Engineering and System Software): Canadian Aboriginal communities are growing at six times the national average, yet the percentage of those completing even just a high school education falls well below the national average.  Motivated by the growth of Canada’s First Nations population and the desire to provide them with opportunities to become producers of technology in support of their communities.  I worked on this project with my supervisor Dr Yvonne Coady and we were supported by and collaborted with the University of Victoria’s Office of Indigenous Affairs.  The ACCESS (Aboriginal Connections with Computing, Engineering and System Software) program at UVic promotes educational activities for all ages in largely local Aboriginal communities.
    Provided below is an overview of some of the workshops that we deployed:

    (Summer 2007) Youth Intro to Computer Science Workshop

    NSERC Pacific supported the ACCESS project’s initial goal to investigate the ways in which Computer Science and Engineering education connections can be better established, maintained and nurtured in the largely remote indigenous communities.  Initial connections were established as is outlined below, but further nurturing of these connections is necessary.  Visits were made to two remote Indigenous communities on Northern Vancouver Island in cooperation with Science Venture.  During these visits essential communication connections were established as well as Indigenous students actively participating in activities taken from Mike Fellow’s Computer Science Unplugged book.

    Through the contacts made with Fran Hunt-Jinnouchi of UVic’s Office of Indigenous Affairs the need for outreach activities in local communities was identified.   Through Fran, communication with local Indigenous communities was established, including Tsecum, Tsawout and the Esquimalt Nation.  With the sponsorship of NSERC, ACCESS was able to contribute to a three week Indigenous youth camp organized by the Tsawout Nation.

    During the three days spent in UVic’s Computer Science department, students were given the opportunity to explore their environmental surroundings using new technology:  Google Maps and Google Earth; CRD camera on Race Rocks; and images from the Venus/Neptune project off of Cordova Spit located on Tsawout land.  They also participated in unplugged activities, a robotics workshop, group problem solving activities, and had an opportunity to write a program to create their own version of the game of Pong using the SCRATCH programming environment.

    (Fall 2007)  Youth Technical Camp

    Funding awarded by BC government grant partially supported the development and deployment of this multi-level technical training program for both youth and adults.  A pilot program for youth was developed and offered in November 2007 within the Tsawout First Nation community.  This twenty-hour workshop was run over ten evenings and covered six core computer science topics with a main focus on core computer knowledge, programming and problem solving skills.  For example, in the hardware and file systems component we hoped to familiarize students with some of the essential pieces of hardware that make up the computer.

    Our goal was to prepare the students to be able to perform basic troubleshooting within the community and feel confident in the purchase of their own computer.  The programming component introduced general concepts of conditionals, looping, and branching using the graphical programming language called Scratch, developed at MIT.  With this component, students were not only introduced to programming concepts that first university students encounter, but they exercised their problem solving and math skills in the process.

    (Spring 2008) Adult Learners Technical Workshop

    This workshop was held in the remote community of Alert Bay on Northern Vancouver Island.  The same material used in the Youth Technical Camp was leveraged in a three-day format for adult learners.  The format of this workshop followed the ACIP steps for learning: 1) connecting, 2) processing, 3) transforming and 4) reflecting on learning activities.

  • (2006-2007) School Age Programs:  Motivated by the interests of my, then pre-teen daughters, I was the initial organizer of an after-school, programming group, introducing students ranging from ages 7 to 13 years to computer science concepts.  An activity to be performed individually or in small groups framed each session and was supported by group instruction and individual assistance.  After establishing a model for these sessions, I mentored undergraduate students in the offering of the sessions and the activity development.  The success of this model lead to its growth and expansion to the SPARCS (Solving Problems with Algorithms, Robots and ComputerS) group at the University of Victoria through the mentorship and support of Dr. Ulrike Stege.