NSF Education Directorate Seeking Computer Science Expertise

By Cameron
January 4, 2008

The National Science Foundation’s Education and Human Resources Directorate is looking for a new program director to serve as the point person on computer science education issues. The position is located within the Division of Undergraduate information and the description/duties are below:

“The person selected for this position will serve as the Lead Program Director for the Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program and will coordinate the management of computer science education proposals and awards in other DUE programs. He or she will participate in all phrases of the solicitation, review, and management of proposals submitted to assigned programs; conduct post-award monitoring of funded projects, including site visits an review of annual and final reports; conduct analyses and prepare reports and internal budget plans for programs and other DUE activities;coordinate the evaluation of assigned programs; negotiate agreements with other Federal agencies to transfer funds or conduct joint activities in support of education or research; contribute to the Foundation-wide coordination of activities for undergraduate STEM education; provide leadership in both DUE and NSF in computer science education; represent the division at professional meetings and conferences; and represent the division in cross-directorate and interagency initiatives related to computer science and cybersecurity.”

You can find the job posting on USA jobs here. Applications are being accepted through Feb. 20, 2008.

EHR is responsible for managing most of NSF’s STEM education programs. This division serves an important role in shaping research on undergrad education, but also manages an important joint k-12/undergrad program called the Math Science Partnership program.

STEM education keeps growing as a national issue and EHR’s importance in this debate is likely to grow as well. Recently ACM launched a new Education Policy Committee to ensure that CS has a place in this debate. It would be great to see NSF hire a top-notch CS person for this position.