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yana kortsarts, phd, professor of computer science

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Yana Kortsarts PhD

Professor of Computer Science

  • PhD Applied Mathematics 1997

    Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel.

  • CSCI 151/152 Introduction to Computer Science I and II

  • CSCI 391 Practical Cryptology

My research includes studies on the integration of mathematical reasoning into computer science curricula, development and integration of innovative teaching approaches that aim to improve the learning process and enhance the comprehension of the study materials, evaluation and assessment of the effectiveness of the proposed techniques, curricular development issues related to core introductory programming courses, interdisciplinary courses, courses for non-majors, and elective courses for computer science and information systems majors.

Selected Awards

  • Faculty Development Grant on Women in Computing, Widener University, 2014–2015

  • Provost Grant, Funding Research, Widener University, 2011–2012

  • Meritorious Paper Award, ISECON, 2006

Selected Publlcations

  • Kortsarts, Y., & Kempner, Y. (2015). Steganography and cryptography inspired enhancement of introductory programming courses. Information Systems Education Journal (ISDEJ), to appear.

  • Fischbach, J.A., & Kortsarts, Y. (2014). Incorporating professional ethics into an introductory computer science course. Journal of Computing Science in Colleges, 29(3), 35–42.

  • Kortsarts, Y., & Kempner, Y. (2012). Enriching introductory programming courses with non-intuitive probability experiments component. ITiCSE '12 Proceedings of the 17th ACM Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, 128–131, ACM New York, NY.

Working Group on Integrating Mathematical Reasoning into Computer Science Curricula, ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE)