Introduction to programming course in Python, Summer II 2016

From: "Vinhthuy T Phan (vphan)" <vphan<mailto:vphan>>

I would like to let you know that this summer, we will offer an introduction to programming course in Python (COMP 4001/6001, MTWR 5:30-7:30PM from July 5 to August 5, 2016). I will be the instructor. There are three main goals I want to accomplish for this course:

1. Teach beginners how to program. So, there’s no pre-requisite.
2. Teach them how to program in Python.
3. Teach them how to analyze data using Python packages including Pandas, Scikit-learn, seaborn and statsmodels. This will be based on two workshops that I taught earlier (


Vinhthuy Phan
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science
[UofM logo] The University of Memphis
375 Dunn Hall
Memphis, TN 38152<>

901.678.<>1535 |<>/cs

AECT 2016 Leadership Internship Program

From: <aect>
Date: Wed, Apr 20, 2016 at 3:48 PM
Subject: [AECT] 2016 Leadership Internship Program
To: treymartindale

letterhead.jpg To All AECT Members!

The AECT Leadership Development Committee is excited to invite applications for the Leadership Internship Program to coincide with the 2016 AECT Convention in Las Vegas, NV. All interns will be expected to arrive the convention by 3:00 PM Monday afternoon, October 17, 2016 and to stay until 12:00 PM Friday, October 21, 2016.

We are searching for the future leaders of AECT. Who are they? They are the new professionals and current graduate students within our membership. We need your help, AECT members, to identify and recognize outstanding individuals with leadership potential in educational technology and in the broader field through the AECT Leadership Internship Program. The program is open to new professionals in K12 and higher education as well as those in industry. Additionally, current part- and full-time graduate students in the field of education are also welcomed to submit an application for consideration.

Eligible applicants and interested sponsors may review program details and application requirements at AECT members interested in sponsoring an applicant should provide their contact information to the individual for inclusion in his or her application materials. Once an application is submitted, the online system will notify sponsors with instructions on how to complete the process. Please note that the application process places a heavy emphasis on past and current leadership experiences with a specific focus on personal goals for growth within AECT and the professional field. All pieces of the application must be completed prior to submission in order to be considered. The deadline for submission to the internship program is a firm June 5, 2016.

Please submit all application materials via the AECT website at the URL above. Additional correspondence regarding the Leadership Internship Program can be directed to the Leadership Internship Program Coordinator, Tonia A. Dousay, at aect-intern-chair.

We look forward to receiving the applications!



Linda L. Mellish
Leadership Development Committee, Chair

Presentations by IDT faculty candidate Dr. Amanda Rockinson-Szapkiw on April 26th

As Chair of the ICL Search Committee, I invite you to presentations by Dr. Amanda Rockinson-Szapkiw, a candidate for a faculty position in Instructional Design and Technology within the Instruction and Curriculum Leadership Department in the College of Education.

Her research presentation and discussion is at 10:10 AM, and her teaching presentation and discussion is at 11:15 AM, on Tuesday, April 26th in Ball Hall 320.  

Here is the full interview schedule for her time in Memphis.

Here is a page about the candidate (brief biography and planned presentations). 

Her website with her CV and related work is at

IDT students are invited to stay for a complimentary lunch with the candidate at noon in Ball 320. 

We are very pleased with the high quality of applicants for the IDT faculty position. At this time we plan to bring three finalists for on-campus interviews from among the 68 applicants for the position.

IDT faculty search update

I’m pleased to say we received a very large (68), and very strong group of applicants for our open faculty position in IDT. After reviewing all the applications, the search committee decided upon six finalists. The committee conducted videoconference interviews with those six finalists. We currently have invited two of the finalists for campus interviews.  All other applicants are still under consideration, and will be, until negotiations are concluded and a hire is made. On behalf of the committee, we thank the applicants for their interest in the Instructional Design and Technology program at the University of Memphis. I will post more updates, including the interview schedules as they are finalized. 

UTHSC Job Postings

Here are a couple of new positions that just posted within the newly formed Teaching and Learning Center at UTHSC.

Instructional Designer –

Digital Media Specialist –

Kristy Conger
UofM logo The University of Memphis
Instructional Design and Technology

IDT Student Takes Top Honors

IDT student Daniel Taylor received a first place award in the education division at the University of Memphis Student Research Forum. The Forum, held on Monday, March 28th,  is an annual event which showcases the diverse research of undergraduate and graduate students. The purpose is to provide a venue for students matriculating at the University of Memphis to present their research to a panel of faculty judges in their respective disciplines. This forum enables students to develop their presentation skills and present their research in a formal, supportive environment.

The winning entry, Distance Education in Optometry: A Comparison of Two Neuroscience Courses, was judged on conception and execution, content, command of scholarship, and visual presentation.

Congratulations, Daniel!