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Jul 13 2011

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Professor honored

The University of Texas at Tyler’s (UTT) chair and Chandler professor of computer science Dr. Stephen B. Rainwater has received the 2010-2011 President’s Volunteer Service Award.
College of Engineering and Computer Science Dean Dr. James Nelson announced Rainwater’s award for his work in putting forth more than 250 hours of voluntary service work for educational technology.
The President’s Council on Service and Civic participation was established in 2003 to exalt those making significant volunteer contributions to their communities and to those they serve.  This council founded the President’s Volunteer Service Award to recognize those who, through their own unselfish example, encourage their peers to participate in civic service.
Rainwater has taught at UTT since 1982, and presently sits on the board of directors of the International Society for Technology (ISTE) in Education as its computer science representative.  He concentrates on the society’s goal of inspiring leadership and general service in order to attain higher standards in teaching, learning and scholastic leadership.  He has also worked to re-define the standards the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education uses to set the requirements for teaching certification in this field.
The busy Rainwater is furthermore president if the ISTE’s Special Interest Group for Computing Teachers, and is local campus director of the UTT System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Summer Research Academy (LSAMP.)  The National Science Foundation supports this program through funding and by providing undergraduate research experiences for students working on graduate-level courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
While attending Texas A&M at Commerce Rainwater took his Ed.D. in supervision, curriculum and instruction and in secondary higher education. He also holds a master’s degree in computer science from this school.  For 2005-2006 he earned the UT System Chancellor’s Council Outstanding Teacher Award, and has served on the UT system’s Faculty Advisory Council.  He has also been president of the UTT Faculty Senate and of the Texas Computer Education Association.
His additional credits include memberships in the American Society for Engineering Education, the Association for Computing Machinery,and the Computer Science Teachers Association.

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