From the Dean's Desk - April 10, 2020

Dear GT Computing colleagues,

Georgia Tech Dean of Computing Charles Isbell

It’s April and, thus, award season. Some institute awards are finally coming out. We have learned of one for our own Ayanna Howard, Chair of Interactive Computing. She has received the 2020 Georgia Tech Outstanding Achievement in Research Innovation Award. This award goes to a faculty member whose research has had a demonstrable and sustained impact on society.

I am also pleased to announce another promotion: Mike Best, who is joint between Interactive Computing and the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, has been elevated to Professor. Please join me in congratulating both Ayanna and Mike. Their accomplishments elevate our community, and we are proud to have them.

I’d also like to remind everyone once again to fill out the online feedback forms for our chair searches. I will absolutely read every single note of feedback, and I want to hear from as many of you as possible. The feedback forms for the School of Computer Science chair search will close sometime tonight, so please don’t forget to share your thoughts before then.

I also have a couple of operational items to share. First, we’ve heard that some folks have been, let us say, struggling to enter partial vacation days into OneUSG Connect. The USG has actually provided instructions for this. We’ll add a link to those instructions to our business continuity site, which we continue to update as needed.

I also have some instructions for faculty members who are trying to figure out how to enter their consulting hours in the new system. There is an absence type in OneUSG connect called “Outside Activity,” and that is where you should enter your consulting hours. There are two sub-options: “Outside Activity — Academic” for, um, academic-contract faculty, and “Outside Activity — Fiscal” for 12-month, fiscal-contract faculty.  See? That was obvious. I believe they’re going to add an even more intuitive short-cut mnemonic like control-shift-F7, so it will be easier to remember in the future, almost as easy as getting to send fonts correctly.

Have a safe, restful weekend, everyone.



Charles L. Isbell, Jr.

John P. Imlay, Jr. Dean

College of Computing

Georgia Tech

EA: Alicia Richhart,, 404-894-8357

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