Dear PhD Students:

Here is an exciting CIS class being offered during Spring 2011. Dr. Vaishnavi is a Computer Scientist just like our faculty and has pioneered the efforts in this course which has relevance for our research students. This can count as your OUTSIDE DEPT requirement. Even otherwise, it seems like an interesting class to take. Please consider.

The timings of the class are TBA and should be convenient. Please contact Dr. Vaishnavi for details.

Thank you for your attention.


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Subject: Need your help! - RE: Doctoral Seminars during Spring 2011
Date: Thu, 2 Dec 2010 02:54:03 -0500
From: Vijay Vaishnavi <[log in to unmask]>
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CC: Balasubramaniam Ramesh <[log in to unmask]>, Ephraim McLean <[log in to unmask]>, <[log in to unmask]>, Vijay Vaishnavi <[log in to unmask]>, <[log in to unmask]>

As you probably know this semester I have been visiting IIIT-Delhi on a Fulbright lecturing fellowship; I will be returning to Atlanta toward the end of this month. As part of the fellowship I have just taught the course CSE791: Special Topics: Design Science Research Methods in Information Technology to computer science doctoral students; please see the attached syllabus. The course has been well received and actually needs to be offered to all doctoral (and even masters thesis) students in computer science and related disciplines. I teach a similar course in the CIS department, which also should be taken by CS students. You may recall that talked I to you about it a few years back and as a result of that discussion one of your doctoral students took the course.
I am teaching a similar course in the Spring 2011 semester: 17961 CIS 9220: Topics in Information Technology (it will be offered on the main campus - a correction needs to be made in goSolar on its location). All the four doctoral students in our doctoral program plan to take the course. But the course needs at least one more student as per the university policy on course enrolment! I therefore need your immediate help in advising and encouraging at least some of your doctoral/graduate students to register for the course.
 I will greatly appreciate your help in this matter! Please let me know if you need any additional information.
Vijay K. Vaishnavi
Board of Advisors Professor of Computer Information Systems &
Professor of Computer Science
Georgia State University

From: Balasubramaniam Ramesh [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Wed 12/1/2010 11:41 PM
To: 'Mike Gallivan'; Vijay Vaishnavi; Balasubramaniam Ramesh
Cc: Ephraim McLean
Subject: Doctoral Seminars during Spring 2011

Mike and Vijay,


I would like to bring to your attention a potential problem with enrollment in your doctoral seminars scheduled for Spring 2011. The college requires all doctoral courses to have a minimum of five students. We have two students in their second year (Tienjie Deng and Hyoung Koo Lee) and two in their first year (Mala Kaul, Sumantra Sarkar and Yiannis Josephides). However, Yiannis has just informed me that he will not be continuing in the program. This leaves us with only four students in the seminars unless we attract students from other departments (such as CEPRIN, MGS) within the college or from other schools (Computer Science) or other universities (Emory, UGA).


Please check on Gosolar to see if you have non-CIS students already enrolled. Even if you have one additional student, you will have the minimum enrollment necessary to continue. If not, could you please advertise the course to the appropriate audience?Computer Science students may be interested in Vijay’s seminar. Other RCB students may be interested in Mike’s seminar which is, in fact, a college level (BA) course.


I have already asked for Eph’s help in getting a waiver from the Dean’s office should we face the possibility of low enrollment. In the meantime, we need to make every effort to attract non-CIS students.