Welcome to the home of the Department of Computer Science at
the University of Northern Iowa!
This is a
great time to be in computer science,
especially at UNI. Demand for IT professionals in Iowa and the
Midwest grows faster than universities can produce graduates.
The discipline of computing continues to push the boundaries of
what is possible by discovering new ideas, building new kinds of
systems, and bring new tools into the home, school, and office.
If you want to be in the thick of the intellectual excitement
that is changing every other discipline, then computer science
is the place to be.
At UNI, you will encounter a faculty immersed in this excitement
and dedicated to student achievement. UNI CS’s undergraduate
students work closely with faculty members to explore the
discipline of computing, learn skills they can use in the
marketplace, and have the opportunity to do research that extends
the field. The department is located in the Innovative Teaching
and Technology Center, which occupies the renovated
historic East Gym
in the heart of UNI’s
The department invites applications for a tenure-track
Assistant Professor position to begin August 2020.
For more details, visit
the position announcement.
To apply, visit
Applications received by January 31, 2020, will be given full
November 9, 2019
UNI Students Attend 2019 MINKWIC
This weekend, a group of UNI CS students traveled with Prof.
a regional tech conference that celebrates women in computing.
MINKWIC gives students and faculty an opportunity to experience
two days of tech talks, workshops, and networking, along with a
career fair. The keynote speaker was Kim Wall of Atlassian.
July 1, 2019
Online Programming Class Has Gained International Attention
A free online Scratch programming course offered by UNI CS prof
Ben Schafer has reached an international audience. Read more in
today’s Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier.
January 16, 2019
CS Professor’s Paper Nominated for “Test of Time” Award
Dr. Philip East, emeritus professor of Computer Science,
is a co-author on one of the papers nominated for a Test
of Time award, as part of the 50th anniversary of ACM’s
SIGCSE Technical Symposium. SIGCSE is the Special
Interest Group on Computer Science Education within ACM,
the leading professional group of computing professionals
worldwide. Dr. East’s paper,
Identifying Student Misconceptions of Programming,
authored with faculty from the University of California,
San Diego, and the University of Illinois, was presented
at the 2010 SIGCSE conference.
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As a discipline, computer science is relatively young and
characterized by rapid technological advances. This dynamism is
reflected in the interests of Mark Fienup, associate
professor of computer science: Parallel computing, routing and
computer networks, and computer science education are all greatly
affected by the changing nature of computer science….