42nd SIGCSE TS 2011

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Proceedings SIGCSE '11: Proceedings of the 42nd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
DatesMarch 9-12, 2011 
LocationDallas, TX, USA
VenueSheraton Dallas Hotel and Conference Center
ThemeReaching Out
History BlogBlog entry


2011 ACM SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education

Matthias Felleisen

For the creation of a design-focused introductory curriculum, for educational outreach programs for K-12, and for many PhD students who continue to merge programming language research and education.

2011 ACM SIGCSE Award for Lifetime Service to the Computer Science Education Community

Gordon Davies

For many years of valuable and generous service to the computing education community including contributions through active membership on international committees, working groups, and conference program committees.

Technical Symposium Best Papers

Best Paper
  1. Guillaume Marceau, Kathi Fisler, and Shriram Krishnamurthi. 2011. Measuring the effectiveness of error messages designed for novice programmers. In Proceedings of the 42nd ACM technical symposium on Computer science education (SIGCSE ‘11). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 499–504.


Publication Acceptance Rates

accepted submitted acceptance rate
papers 107 315 34%
panels/special sessions 22 38 58%
workshops 35 78 45%
posters 48 66 73%
birds of a feather 36 48 75%
videos 7 10 70%

Key Notes

Symposium Committee

Symposium Chairs

  • Thomas Cortina - Carnegie Mellon University
  • Ellen Walker - Hiram College

Program Chairs

  • Laurie Smith King - College of the Holy Cross
  • Dave Musicant - Carleton College

Panels and Special Sessions

  • Pam Cutter - Kalamazoo College


  • Ruth E. Anderson - University of Washington
  • Adrienne Decker - University at Buffalo (SUNY)


  • Lester I. McCann - The University of Arizona


  • Cary Laxer and Lynn Degler - Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • Larry Merkle - Wright State University


  • Tzu-Yi Chen - Pomona College

Birds of a Feather

  • Deborah Hwang - University of Evansville

Videos Coordinator

  • Dennis Bouvier - Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville

Student Volunteers and Student Activities

  • Brianna Morrison - Southern Polytechnic State University
  • Mary Anne Egan - Siena College


  • Scott Grissom - Grand Valley State University

Database Administrators

  • Henry Walker - Grinnell College
  • John Dooley - Knox College


  • Michael T. Helmick - Google


  • Kurt Eiselt - University of British Columbia

Kids' Camp

  • Kimberly Voll - University of British Columbia
  • RoxAnn Stalvey - College of Charleston

Support/Exhibitor Liaison

  • Susan Rodger - Duke University

K-12 Liaisons

  • Stacey Armstrong - Cypress Woods High School
  • Judy Hromcik - Arlington High School

International Liaison

  • Tim Bell - University of Canterbury

Pre-Conference Event Liaison

  • Kristine Nagel - Georgia Gwinnett College

Local Arrangements

  • Jian Zhang - Texas Women's University

Student Research Competition

  • Ann Sobel - Miami University (Ohio)