Earl Reed, professor of computer science, is not returning in the fall, while current Computer Science majors work to make proper substitutions in order to complete major.
For the 2011-12 school year, Reed was a full-time faculty member. Last year, Dr. Bradford Sample and Reed met in Reed’s office, where Sample notified Reed that he would only be half time if he chose to stay for the 2012-13 school year. Half-time means that Reed would still have a signed contract, this time guaranteeing him pay for nine credit hours. Reed accepted.
This year, Sample called Reed to his office and asked him to remain teaching, but only as an adjunct, which would not guarantee a certain number of hours. Reed declined.
“As far as the administration is concerned, that offer is not off the table. He is still eligible to serve as an adjunct,” said Sample.
Reed keeps referring to life after Bryan, which he has shortened to L.A.B., according to junior computer science major John Glenn.
“My original plan was to retire when it ceased to be fun,” said Reed.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) evaluated the program and concluded that, since Reed does not have a doctorate degree, he could not continue in his position. Consequently, the school decided to phase out the program as a major. Current students will still graduate from the computer science program.
Glenn needs to substitute classes for a total of 12 computer science credit hours. For one, he is taking EDUC311 Instructional Technology as a substitution for Computer Security. He is also taking FLM344 Digital Video Editing as a CSCI elective, a reasonable substitution according to Glenn. Glenn plans to attend graduate school, but he does not feel prepared. While from a technical standpoint Glenn is receiving a B.S. in Computer Science, from an educational standpoint, he said he is not.
Still, the academic staff has worked very hard for the computer science situation and has made it clear that they are there to make the best of it, said Glenn.
“Computer science is one area where I have had 32 years of experience. I think that warrants a doctorate,” said Reed.
A key factor in the administration’s request for him to remain only as an adjunct is Bryan’s current financial situation. Also, there simply are not enough people interested in the program to support its continuation, according to both Reed and Sample.
If he does move, Reed would most likely move to Alabama to be closer to his family. He also talked with his wife, who he has been married to for 49 years, about going into computer consulting, said Reed.
His departure also means the end of a major in Management Information Systems. Mathematics Secondary Licensure and Applied Mathematics and Informatics also require CSCI courses that will no longer be offered.