Provost to Chair Panel at Premier Computer Science Conference


From University Relations
By Jill Jess

Jeffrey S. Vitter, provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of Kansas, is participating this week in three panels at the premier leadership conference in computer science.

Vitter, who is also an ITTC investigator and professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, will chair a panel titled "Guidelines for Coordinating Faculty Recruitment" at the Computing Research Association biannual conference in Snowbird, Utah. The panel seeks to identify healthy hiring practices for the benefit of both departments and faculty candidates.

At the conference, Vitter also will join panels titled "Understanding and Using Graduate Program Rankings in Computer Science," which deals with the long-awaited and controversial National Research Council ratings, and "Managing Up-Partnering with Your Dean," a mentoring session for department chairs and heads.

The Computing Research Association is an organization of more than 200 North American academic departments of computer science, computer engineering and related fields; laboratories and centers in industry, government and academia engaging in basic computing research; and affiliated professional societies. CRAs mission is to strengthen research and advanced education in the computing fields, expand opportunities for women and minorities, and improve public and policymaker understanding of the importance of computing and computing research in our society.

Vitter has more than 280 book, journal, conference and patent publications, primarily on the algorithmic aspects of processing massive amounts of information. He is a Guggenheim fellow and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Computing Machinery and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He was named a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator and won a Fulbright scholarship.

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