Dan Garcia


Dan Garcia is a Senior Lecturer with Security Of Employment in the EECS Department at the University of California, Berkeley, and joined the faculty in the fall of 2000. Dan received his PhD and MS in Computer Science from UC Berkeley in 2000 and 1995, and dual BS degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1990. He was chosen as an ACM Distinguished Educator in 2012.
He is active participant in SIGCSE (the annual computer science education conference, having presented every year since 2001), and is currently working with the ICSI Teaching Privacy research project. He serves on the ACM Education Board, the Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles Development Committee, is the faculty champion for the local Computer Science Teachers Association chapter, and the faculty co-director for BFOIT, a wonderful Berkeley K-12 outreach effort.
He is the only person to have won all four of the departmentÍs teaching awards:
* the Information Technology Faculty Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2004
* the Diane S. McEntyre Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2002,
* the EECS outstanding graduate student instructor award in 1998, and
* the CS outstanding graduate student instructor award in 1992.
He was also chosen as a UC Berkeley ñUnsung Heroî in 2005. He holds the record for the highest teaching effectiveness ratings (6.7/7) in the history of the departmentÍs lower-division introductory courses.
He recently co-developed a computing course for non-majors, ñCS10: The Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC)î. This redesign earned a ñBears Breaking Boundariesî curriculum design award, a Lockheed Martin broadening participation grant, and was twice chosen as a national pilot for the new Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles course. In the Spring of 2013, the course had more women than men in it, marking the first time (in campus recorded history) an introductory computing course at UC Berkeley achieved that distinction. Thanks to four NSF grants, they have already offered
professional development to 200 high school teachers across the country, and starting in the summer of 2015, will begin working with 100 more teachers in New York City (his hometown), the largest school district in the country. He is developing a free edX MOOC course based on BJC, to reach even more teachers and students, launching on Labor Day, 2015.