Friday, March 20, 2020

Dear GT Computing colleagues,

At this time of year, one of our most important activities is usually faculty hiring. This year, in fact, we have two chair searches going on as well.

The way we conduct these searches is going to have to change pretty significantly in light of our current circumstances. Our hiring committees have been working closely with our communications and TSO staff to create workable alternatives, so as of now we are planning to host candidate talks and meetings remotely and online for at least the next round of interviews. This online method will take more work from all of us, but I am sure that when we come out of the other side, we will be glad that we invested the effort to choose our future colleagues and leaders carefully. We will adjust as necessary as we learn more about this process. 

I can also provide some clarity on another key issue. There has been ongoing discussion about digital proctoring of final exams. The Institute has now issued guidance on that and other related mattes. You can read those details  in this article on the Institute’s academic continuity website, but the short answer is simple: DO NOT USE DIGITAL PROCTORING for this term for our formerly on-campus courses. The Institute is concerned about overloaded proctoring services as both a technological and customer service matter as well as the fact that it is now impossible to order webcams, that internet is increasingly unreliable, and that many students will be unable to guarantee interruption-free examination conditions.

Finally, we have some fresh updates on the continuity website, concerning package deliveries and TSO operations. Aspects of our operation will shift over time, so please remember that you can always find the most up-to-date information on that site.

We’re coming up on the weekend, and I hope that many of you will take some time to disconnect and relax as much as possible. With any luck we will not see any major developments over the weekend. Monday will come soon enough on its own.

Peace.
--
Charles L. Isbell, Jr.

John P. Imlay, Jr. Dean

College of Computing

Georgia Tech

EA: Alicia Richhart, alicia@cc.gatech.edu, 404-894-8357

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