Board of Governors (2012-2014)
Arnold Pears received his BSc(Hons) in 1986 and PhD in 1994, both from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. He occupied positions as lecturer and senior lecturer at La Trobe University between 1991 and 1998. In 1999 he was appointed as senior lecturer at Uppsala University, Sweden. He was awarded the Uppsala University Pedagogy Prize in 2008, and appointed as Associate Professor of Computing Education Research in May 2011. Roles at Uppsala University include appointment to the University Academic Senate, Programme Director for the IT Engineering programme, member of the selection committee for the Uppsala University Pedgogy prize and as member of the educational advisory board of the Faculty of Technology and Natural Sciences.
He has a strong interest in teaching and learning research in computer science and engineering, and leads the UpCERG research group in computing and engineering education research at Uppsala University. He has published 25 articles in the area internationally, and is well known as a computing education researcher through his professional activities in the ACM, and IEEE. In the IEEE he serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Computer Society, where he is active in the Education Activities Board, serving also on the steering committee of the Frontiers in Education Conference and as Chair of the newly established Special Technical Community (STC) for Education.
In addition he is a Director of CeTUSS (The Swedish National Center for Pedagogical Development of Technology Education in a Societal and Student Oriented Context, www.cetuss.se) and the IEEE Education Society Nordic Chapter. He as a reviewer for a number of major journals and conferences, including the Computer Science Education Journal (Taylor and Francis), the ACM SIGCSE and ITiCSE and Koli Calling International Computer Science Education conferences.
Recent publications include "Does Quality Assurance Enhance the Quality of Computing Education?", in the Proceedings of the 12th Australasian Computer Science Education Conference, 2010, and models for research driven education in Computing, "Conveying Conceptions of Quality through Instruction", in the 7th International Conference on the Quality of Information and Communications Technology, 2010.