I arrive at a parking lot with far more spaces available than I am used to. I put on my mask, get out of my car, and walk up the three flights of stairs to my office. As I enter the door to the 3rd floor, it’s dark. It’s mid-morning, but no one has been through here in a while. Almost every office door is shut. Most of the classrooms I pass are empty.

I walk into class just before it starts. Ventilation is critical, and making sure rooms are empty between classes is important, so we’re encouraged to not…


!! August 20, 2020 Update: If you are looking for an updated list for the 20/21 hiring season, please visit this website: https://cs-pui.github.io/

In 2017, I wrote an article about finding academic happiness on the job market and why I chose Bucknell. Since then, it continues to prompt the same follow-up question: how do I find these jobs? This listing of schools for the 2019/2020 hiring season in CS is meant to help navigate that muddy water.

The priorities of universities are diverse. This post tries to share some 4-year colleges that still enable research.

My criteria for colleges/universities listed on this page

This document does not contain all or even most CS positions. Instead it targets jobs that I think will align with a specific…


By the time you’ve completed graduate school, you should probably know more than you used to know and survive at least one existential crisis. For me, it also involved a change in how I understand the value of not knowing…

My 4th year of grad school, Pat Hanrahan visited the VALT lab at Tufts University. Pat is a Stanford professor, graphics pioneer, original employee of Pixar, and co-founder of Tableau (among many other things). Needless to say, his visit was a big deal to us.

In 2014, Matt Pharr, Greg Humphreys, and Pat Hanrahan received Technical Achievement awards for their work on physically based rendering from the Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards.

When it was my 10-minute slot to chat with him, I quickly rambled through my…


This is me. Also, this image is frighteningly large.. but there is no better way to do it in Medium.

I’m at Bucknell because I care about teaching and students.

Carrying a Ph.D. in Computer Science opens many doors to many jobs in many places all over the world. It means that all your CS professors probably chose this job over far more lucrative positions. I chose Bucknell because I care about teaching and I care about students. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t have come here. If I still didn’t feel that way, I wouldn’t be here either. But I do.

I care about this field both in and outside the classroom.

A little more about me


Conferences represent a great opportunity to improve our field through exposure to undergraduate students — but there are so many barriers in their way.

Academic conferences are amplifiers. We don’t often talk about them in those terms, but there’s a reason why I feel like I’m missing out when I don’t attend. I’ve benefited from the people I’ve befriended, the ideas I’ve been inspired by, the companies I’ve talked to, and the presentations I’ve given.

And these benefits stretch far beyond my research. I think it’s fair to say that my career has been advanced just by showing up to conferences… so it makes me carefully reflect on who doesn’t have the same luxuries.

Conference access is a wide-stretching problem impacting many people, but…


This post is based on our paper at ACM CHI 2019 (Best Paper Award!)— Data is Personal: Attitudes and Perceptions of Data Visualization in Rural Pennsylvania by Evan M. Peck, Sofia Ayuso, and Omar El-Etr. For our data, materials, and other summaries of this work, please visit our project website.

From Barns to Bar Graphs in Rural America

The landscape in central Pennsylvania is beautiful where I work. If you take the 2–3 hour drive from Philadelphia or New York or Baltimore, you’ll enter a landscape that is molded by rolling green hills and “model train” farms. You’ll see Amish horse-and-buggies as you wind through small, close-knit communities…


My first semester as a professor, I wasn’t prepared for the volume of p̶e̶d̶a̶g̶o̶g̶i̶c̶a̶l̶ ̶c̶h̶a̶l̶l̶e̶n̶g̶e̶s emails I would face.

so.

many.

emails.

I quickly discovered that the velocity of student emails near an impending project deadline can transform the notification tones on my phone into a dystopian EDM anthem. Even worse, the emails are often redundant — I answer the same question to multiple students across multiple weeks.

This just about sums up my email experience during the semester.

There has to be a better way, right? In Summer 2015, I started looking for better platforms to engage students in…


As a professor at a liberal arts university, I spend a significant amount of time advancing my research goals. But I don’t use that time just to publish and participate in my scholarly community. I use research as a critical practice for empowering my students.

Research opportunities are increasingly common for undergraduate students — through faculty research at undergraduate institutions, REUs, and graduate labs that welcome undergrads. But an inclusive research environment that prioritizes student mentorship requires new models and new guiding principles. The goals aren’t the same and the processes aren’t the same, so the ways we measure and…


I am an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Bucknell University, a liberal arts university in central Pennsylvania. You can learn more about me on my website or on Twitter.

(Late edit: You can find an updated version of the activity talked about here at https://ethicalcs.github.io)

It’s no secret that algorithms impact our lives. 72% of resumes are never seen by employers, and we know that hiring algorithms aren’t exactly neutral.

Evan Peck

Bucknell Computer Science Faculty. Trying to make your computer fit you better. HCI, data visualization. my site: eg.bucknell.edu/~emp017/

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