Friday, April 25, 2008

University of Houston

I just got back from a day and a half at the University of Houston. I gave a colloquium yesterday on game programming classes and research. They took care of me very well, a driver met me at the airport and took me to the hotel, the hotel and meals were all paid for, and even the flight booking was taken care of for me. None of the usual paying for myself then waiting five weeks for a reimbursement. All I had to do is show up. Now that's how it should be done. My own department doesn't even have a budget for colloquium visitors.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Game Programming Certificate

On Wednesday this week the university's Undergraduate Curriculum Committee passed my request for a Game Programming Certificate. This is the last step in a long process - first the Department of Computer Science & Engineering's Undergraduate Committee had to approve it, then the College of Engineering's Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, then the aforementioned committee.

Now I'm working on a brochure and a poster, with a webpage soon to follow. I'm stoked.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Now I'm really depressed.

The US News and World Report ranks UNT as a Tier 4 National university. We're not in very distinguished company there. Bummer. I'm doing my part, what's everybody else doing?

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

My Declining Career

I was depressed to find the Quacquarelli Symonds website, which hosts the Times Higher Education Supplement's World University Rankings.

Looking at the Top 400 Universities worldwide for 2007, I find that my undergraduate school, the University of Queensland in Australia, comes in at number 33. My graduate school, the University of Warwick in England, is a step down at number 57. My Assistant Professoring was done at Penn State, number 90.

I searched long and hard for my current employers, the University of North Texas in the Top 400 and in the next 100. But it doesn't seem to be there.

My career seems to be a long downhill slide. I wouldn't mind so much, but I'm underappreciated by UNT.