Gerald W. Kruse, Ph. D.

John '54 and Irene '58 Dale Professor of Information Technology, Computer Science, and Mathematics
Department of Mathematics and Department of Information Technology & Computer Science
Juniata College

Some thought provoking articles:
This is MY web-site...,
Math, Computing, and Finding Love, Women and STEM, Texting in Class and its Effect on Grades, More on Texting in Class and its Effect on Grades, Faulty Logic in the 'Math Wars,' So you need an "A," Math is "Hot," Writing Good Passwords, Salary Info from the Census Bureau, OS2 Then and Now, Don't ask for permission to screw up, CS Enrollments Growing, Learning to Code, Null Terminated Strings, Computational Fairy Tales, A Nation of Wimps, The Value of Computer Science, Motivation and Teaching to the Test, Modeling March Madness, Innovation in India, A Discussion of Academic Freedom, Parents: Why Your Children Need Professors with Tenure, Math Matters, More CS majors, The Best Jobs, Laptops in Classrooms, Facebook and Grade, Randy Pausch's Homepage (scroll down for the time mgt talk), Tuten on Bull Durham and College, Pet Peeves, Learning is Not Fun, Motivating Today's College Students, IT and Jazz, Software Engineering Training, Cheating in CS courses, Pi in the Bible?, Mathematics and What it Means to be Human, Part 1, Mathematics and What it Means to be Human, Part 2, Terrence Tao's Federal Budget Rescaling, Visualizing Vastness by Steven Strogatz, Who's Assessing the Assesors?, Tom Lehrer: That's Mathematics, Way To Go, Ashton Kutcher

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Spring 2014 Courses:

Course Number Course Title Course Syllabus
Computer Science 315 Analysis and Algorithms CS 315 syllabus




Previous Courses:
Course Number Course Title Course Syllabus
Mathematics 103 Quantitative Methods MA 103 syllabus
Mathematics 110 (course now offered as MA 160) Linear Algebra MA 110 syllabus
Mathematics 115 (previous version for 3 credits and w/out QS) Discrete Structures MA 115 syllabus
Mathematics 116 (4 credits w/QS) Discrete Structures MA 116 syllabus
Mathematics 130 Calculus I MA 130 syllabus
Mathematics 303 Math Modeling MA 303 syllabus
Mathematical Modeling Fachhochschule Muenster, Summer 2011 Modeling Syllabus
Mathematics/Computer Science 340 Numerical Analysis MA/CS 340 syllabus
Mathematics/Computer Science 310 (course discontinued) Discrete Computational Structures  
Computer Science 101 Intro. to Computer Science CS 101 syllabus
Computer Science 110 (C++ based) Computer Science I CS 110 syllabus
Computer Science 110 (Java based) Computer Science I

CS 110 syllabus

Computer Science 240 Computer Science II

CS 240 syllabus

Computer Science 330 Computer Graphics CS 330 syllabus
Computer Science 390 - 391 X Computer Science in Germany CS 390 - 391 X syllabus

CS 480 / 481
IT 496

CS and IT Seminar CsItSeminar syllabus
Seminar schedule

CS 485
IT 497

CS and IT Research CsItResearch syllabus
Research schedule
Algorithmen und Data Strukturen Fachhochschule Muenster, Fall 2006 Algorithmen und Data Strukturen
Graphical Programming Fachhochschule Muenster, Fall 2006 Graphical Programming
Graphical Programming Fachhochschule Muenster, Summer 2009 Graphical Programming
Information Technology 110 Principles of IT IT 110 syllabus
Information Technology 111 Principles of IT IT 111 syllabus
I4I Innovations for Industry  
MSP "Math Day," Correlations Module Pre-Assessment Correlations Slides ConsumerReportsCarData1999.xlsx


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Contact Information:

Office: Brumbaugh Science Center C-205 A
Office Hours

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Juniata College
Huntingdon, PA 16652

Phone: (814) 641-3595
FAX: (814) 641-3615

E-mail: kruse@juniata.edu



Research and Professional Development:

My recent research has focused on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL), and assesIng Quantitative Reasoning and Critical Thinking skills in particular.  My mentor (and Juniata "Hall of Fame" faculty member) Dave Drews and I had our article published in the July 2013 of IJSoTL. I am a member of the board of Juniata's James Lakso Center for Teaching and Learning (assuming Directorship for the 2012-13 Academic year), which coincides nicely with my work as a Teagle Teaching and Learning Scholar (here is an overview, from Change magazine, on performance tasks, as well as our Biographies), where I facilitated workshops on the development of Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) Performance Tasks.  Besides being named a Teagle Scholar, during the 2010-11 academic year I received the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Teaching Award for the Allegheny Mountain Section, I was promoted to Full Professor, and I was honored with the John '54 and Irene '58 Dale Endowed Professorship in IT, CS, and Math. What a year. I also serve on Juniata's ACE Leadership team for Internationalization. In 2011-12 our group wrote the application for the Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization, and we were one of five institutions selected! My other research interests include Algorithmic Experimentation, Scientific Computing, and Parallel Computing. My Ph.D. thesis (Parallel Nonconforming Spectral Element Solution of the Incompressible Navier-Stokes Equations in Three Dimensions – Advisor: Dr. Paul Fischer, 1997) was in computational fluid dynamics.  A visualization of one flow that I have studied is at the following link:   http://www.mcs.anl.gov/~fischer/cfd/noncon.html .

If you are interested, here's a link to a more detailed biography.

Pure SoTL "gold" from colleague Jay Hosler, on student motivation:

2003 ITSCE "Magic Numbers"     2005 Joint Math Meetings Paper     2005 Joint Math Meetings Slides     2006 FH-Muenster Slides     2007 Local MAA      2006 Sabbatical Report Slides      2008 Bookend Seminar       2008 AMC Luncheon       SoTL Lunch, Mar 2009       2010 Joint Math Meetings Slides       I4I, Capstone Design Conference, w/Bill Thomas       SoTL BrownBag Lunch, March 2010      2012 Joint Math Meeting Slides      IJSoTL Paper, July 2013      2014 PACS Algorithms Slides      2014 AIEA Slides



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Oh, my nickname is Jerry. That's with a "J," not a "G." So I also answer to Jerry Kruse. I started running in 2008, and love it. My wife and kids think this video pretty much captures my attitude for running. I've completed a bunch of 5K's, a 10K, a mini-triathlon, and most recently a half-marathon. Yea for me...

Co-organizer of CCSC-E 2010, hosted at Juniata College Oct. 15-16: http://projects.juniata.edu/ccsce10/index.shtml, with a picture of the organizers, keynote and banquet speakers.

Change Magazine Article, Mar/Apr 2010: Taking Teaching To Task

My sister runs Critter Camp, a small animal rescue.

Ny nephew Neil w/Pres. Obama

I am the "web-minister" for St. John's Episcopal Church, Huntingdon, PA.

The Union Dairy in my hometown, Freeport, IL

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