WILLIAMSBURG — William & Mary’s plan to launch a school of computing and data science has taken another step towards becoming a reality.
At the school’s faculty meeting on Thursday afternoon, Evgenia Smirni, Chair of Computer Science, Eric Bradley, Chair of Applied Science, and Tony Stefanidis, Director of Data Science, discussed the purpose of the school. made a proposal.
“We came together primarily to imagine or envision processes that the new school could facilitate, not just the issues that we have been interacting with across our department, not just at the graduate level. It will not only do more, but it will facilitate the overall progress of the university as a whole,” said Bradley.
The goal is to expand William & Mary’s teaching and research in computing and data science and improve the school’s ability to attract and retain faculty, staff and students in these fields.
The proposal argues that forming a new school would best achieve the goals outlined. He said he didn’t see the need for a new school in comparison.
“I don’t quite understand why establishing new schools is a better fit for either of these strategic priorities than expanding the size of departments,” said British professor Brett Wilson. I’m here.
Bradley stressed that he still has a long way to go and that nothing has been decided on his future path.
“(It’s) early days,” he said. “The vision of the three Arts and Science Chairs in the three areas that we present. I can’t vote for anything.”
Smirni, Bradley and Stefanidis began meeting in August to discuss potential new schools.
Anglo-American studies professor Robert Scholnick said it would be “academic misconduct” for the university to continue to develop and not continue to establish itself as a major research institution.
“I would love to see it continue and develop,” he said. “What’s the best way? It might be school, but I think there are a lot of things you can do right away that lead to progress and signaling.”
Provost Peggy Agouris said a steering committee has been established and will meet for the first time in January.
“I expect a lot of activities in the spring semester, questions to ask, and a lot of research and research to be done there,” she said.
Sian Wilkerson, [email protected], 757-342-6616