Brief C.V.:  Dr. Donald J. Weinshank

Professor Emeritus, Computer Science and Engineering, Michigan State University
Home Address: 1520 Sherwood Ave., East Lansing MI 48823-1885

weinshan@cse.msu.edu, http://www.cse.msu.edu/~weinshan/ 
Phone: [517] 337-1545 / FAX:    [517] 337-1665 

 

Dr. Weinshank joined the faculty of Natural Science in 1967 and moved to the Computer Science Department in 1981, retiring on July 1, 2002.

Instructional Projects including Books Written

        CSE101: Computing Concepts and Competencies. The course is a mastery model computer science course for non-majors and enrolls around 1800 students each semester. See http://www.cse.msu.edu/~cse101. Co-developer and instructor for the course, which began officially in fall, 1997.

1.      Student-centered learning with extensive cooperative/team learning

2.      Modified mastery-model

3.      Hands-on introduction to computing concepts for non-CS-students

4.      Emphasizes students working independently in the face of changing hardware platforms

5.      Operating systems and software suites

6.     Extensive use of Web and WIN95 computing technology

7.      Core experiences common to entire course for first half of the semester, followed by individual tracks appropriate to various curricula

8.      Highly innovative “just in time” textbook, Computing Concepts and Competencies, with materials selected at the sentence level from eight existing introductory CS textbooks; industrial partnership with Harcourt-Brace/Dryden, NetPub, IBM, Champion paper and others; cycle time of four weeks from submission to bookstore-delivery.

 

        National CS-1 Telecourse: Integrated Introduction to Computing: Co-developer for this introductory Computer Science telecourse, which ran on (1) Mind Extension University (cable TV), reaching millions of homes; (2) Electronic University Network (on America OnLine); and (3) at adopting schools. Approximately 1800 students per year at Michigan State University took Integrated Introduction to Computing between Fall, 1992 and Spring, 1997; extensive internal support; external support of about $200K in donations and in-kind contributions; Textbook: Weinshank, D. J., Urban-Lurain, M., Danieli, T. and McCuaig, G., Integrated Introduction to Computing, 25 televised lectures, ~700 pp. textbook, based on Visual Basic for DOS; Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, Dubuque, Iowa, 1996, ISBN 0-7872-0324-6 (updated first edition, revised and enlarged)

 

        Introduction to Computing: Telecourse with Structured BASIC: Project head for this introductory computer science course for non-majors in Waterloo BASIC. Approximately 1800 students per year at Michigan State University took Introduction to Computing between Fall, 1985 and Spring, 1992. Textbook: Weinshank, D. J., Urban-Lurain, Mark, and Danieli, Tom, Introduction to Computing: Telecourse with Structured BASIC, Second Edition, Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, Dubuque, Iowa, 1990, 450 pp., ISBN 0-8403-6038-

Recent Papers

ACCEPTED:

        "Is There A Role for Programming in Non-Major Computer Science Courses?" Mark Urban-Lurain and Donald J. Weinshank, 30th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, October 18 - 21, 2000 Kansas City, MO; received honorable mention from the Ben Dasher award committee; to be published in ASEE journal.

        "Attendance and outcomes in a large, collaborative learning, performance assessment course," Mark Urban-Lurain and Donald J. Weinshank, Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Association, Division J, April 27, 2000

        "Mastering Computing Technology: A New Approach for Non-Computer Science Majors," Mark Urban-Lurain and Donald J. Weinshank, Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Division C, Section 7 April 20, 1999

        “I Do and I Understand: Mastery Model Learning for a Large Non-Major Course," Mark Urban-Lurain and Donald J. Weinshank, Presented at the Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education Technical Symposium 99, New Orleans, Association of Computing Machinery, March 26, 1999 and published in the SIGCSE Bulletin.

        "Computing Concepts and Competencies," Mark Urban-Lurain and Donald Weinshank, Boston. Interactive Learning: Vignettes from America's Most Wired Campuses  (pp. 73-74), D. Brown (Ed.) Anker Publishing Company, Bolton, MA 2000

Books Edited

         Weinshank, D.J., Ozminski, S., Ruhlen, P., and Barrett, W., A Concordance To Charles Darwin’s Notebooks, 1836-1844, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, 1989.

         Barrett, P., Weinshank, D.J., Ruhlen, P., and Ozminski, S., A Concordance To Darwin’s The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, 1987, 1136pp, ISBN 0-8014-2085-7

         Barrett, P., Weinshank, D.J., Ruhlen, P., Ozminski, S., and Berghage, B., A Concordance To Darwin’s The Expression of The Emotions in Man and Animals, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, 1986, 515 pp., ISBN 0-8014-1990-5

         Barrett, P., Weinshank, D.J., and Gottleber, Timothy T.,  A Concordance to Darwin’s Origin of Species, First Edition, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, 1981, 8355 pp., ISBN 0-8014-1319-2

Electronic Publication

Goldie, Peter, Ghiselin, Michael T. (editors), DARWIN Multimedia CD-ROM: The Collective Works of Charles Darwin on CD-ROM, Second Edition, LightBinders, Inc., San Francisco, 1997. Headed the team that supplied the definitive file of The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, 1877 edition, which is one of the key components of this CD-ROM.

Computer Based Instruction for Non-major Undergraduate Students

Computer Assisted Instruction, Department of Natural Science, 1972-1995 (with Manfred Engelmann after 1982); at any time supported about 40 instructional CAI programs, both batch and interactive, covering biological, physical, and evolutionary/geological sciences; used by upwards of ten thousand undergraduate, non-major students; mainframe, DOS, NeXT and Windows computers; several programs marketed by Instructional Media Center of Michigan State University.

Awards

        MSU Alumni Club of Mid-Michigan Quality in Undergraduate Teaching award, University Convocation, 2001

        College of Engineering, Withrow Excellence in Teaching award, 1999

        Office of Supportive Services, Distinguished Teacher/Faculty Award, May 24, 1989.

Numerous Computer Science M.S. Projects Directed

Education

 

Ph.D. (Biochemistry), University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1969

M.S. (Food Technology), University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1961

B.S. (Chemistry), Northwestern University, 1958.

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