Jacob Somervell

Jacob Somervell

Math and Computer Science Department Chair

E-mail: jps5a@uvawise.edu
Phone: 276-376-4569
Office: Darden 221
Personal Website: http://www.mcs.uvawise.edu/jps5a

Education

  • PhD, Computer Science and Applications, Virginia Tech, 2004
  • MS, Computer Science and Applications, Virginia Tech, 2001
  • BS, 1999, Computer Information Systems/Mathematics, 1999

Courses Taught

  • CSC 1100 – Literacy
  • CSC 1180 – C++
  • CSC 2180 – Data Structures
  • CSC 2220 – Java
  • CSC 2300 – Software Engineering
  • CSC 3250 – UNIX Systems
  • CSC 3260 – HCI
  • CSC 3600 – Operations Research
  • CSC 3710 – Discrete Structures
  • CSC 3750 – Web Technologies
  • CSC 4000 – Operating Systems
  • CSC 4200 – Programming Languages
  • CSC 4300 – Architecture
  • CSC 4350 – Networks
  • CSC 4990/MIS 4990 – Seminar

Research Interests

  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Computer Science Education
  • Assessment Techniques

Professional Memberships

  • ACM

Awards

  • Harrison Outstanding Advising Award, 2008
  • Harrison “Rising Star” Award, 2009

Selected Publications

  • “Assessing Student Outcomes with Comprehensive Examinations: A Case Study”. 2015 International Conference on Frontiers in Education: Computer Science and Computer Engineering (FECS) July 27-30, 2015. Las Vegas.
  • “Human Computer Interface Design”. Chapter 10 in Software Engineering Design: Theory and Practice. Carlos E. Otero. CRC Press 2012
  • “Blending Computer Literacy with Computer Science”. Robert Hatch and
    Jacob Somervell. 2011 International Conference on Frontiers in Education: Computer
    Science and Computer Engineering (FECS) July, 2011, Las Vegas.
  • “Educating Computer Literate People”. Jacob Somervell. The University of
    Virginia’s College at Wise Quest Highlights of Faculty Scholarship 2007. page 22-24
  • “Pair Programming: Not for Everyone?” Jacob Somervell. 2006 International Conference on
    Frontiers in Education: Computer Science and Computer Engineering (FECS’06) June 26-29,
    2006, Las Vegas.
  • “Better Discount Evaluation: Illustrating How Critical Parameters Support Heuristic
    Creation.” Jacob Somervell and D. Scott McCrickard. Interacting with Computers: Special
    Issue on Social Impact of Emerging Technologies Volume 17, Issue 5 , September 2005, Pages
    592-612
  • “Making a Case for HCI: Comparing Materials for Case-Based Teaching.”
    Jacob Somervell, C. M. Chewar, and D. Scott McCrickard. In Proceedings of the 2004
    Conference on Frontiers in Education (FIE ’04), Savannah GA, October 2004.
  • “Comparing Generic vs Specific Heuristics: Illustrating a New UEM
    Comparison Technique.” Jacob Somervell and D. Scott McCrickard. In Proceedings of the Human
    Factors and Ergonomics Society 48th Annual Meeting (HFES ’04), New Orleans LA, September 2004.