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Jacob Somervell

Jacob
Somervell

Department Chair

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.

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