Kevin Lin is a Lecturer in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. Kevin received his BA (2018) and MS (2019) in Computer Science from UC Berkeley where he coordinated the teaching and delivery of large-scale introductory undergraduate CS courses, and developed programs for broadening participation and retention in classrooms of all sizes.
Hi, I’m Kevin. Starting Fall 2019, I will be a Lecturer in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington.
I completed a BA and MS in Computer Science from UC Berkeley in the area of computer science eduation, advised by John DeNero and in close collaboration with Josh Hug and Dan Garcia. During this time, I also worked with David DeLiema in the Embodied Design Research Lab in the Educational Psychology department to better understand the process through which newcomers to programming experience programming and debugging problem solving. I am also interested in designing pathways to encourage the development of pre-service K–12 CS teachers.
My goal is to find ways to make course material more personally relevant to students. Teaching at the university level, in my mind, has never been about the teaching. It’s about finding a compelling a narrative and context for students to engage with the material and then providing students the right pathways and support to make their own learning possible. That, along with building the right connections with my staff to convey this vision, is what I’m most proud of achieving as a lecturer for CS 61A and CS 61BL.
During my undergraduate career, I was an undergraduate student instructor (teaching assistant) for 8 semesters. I studied and implemented scalable teaching and learning techniques for CS 61A (CS 1.5) and CS 61B (CS 2) at UC Berkeley. Most recently, I helped run all aspects of course operations in CS 61C (CS 3). I have been on a “TA sabbatical” this Spring 2019 while away on the teaching faculty job search.
In Spring 2018, I served as President of Computer Science Mentors, a student organization composed of undergraduate students who teach other undergraduate students. During my time, I scaled the organization over two-fold, from a group of 100 mentors to a family of over 200 mentors, in total serving over 1500 undergraduate EE and CS students. A particular priority of mines was in improving the experience for mentors by creating more opportunities to develop interpersonal relationships through the family system and in branching out services to improve mentor training and support their long-term goals.
I was part of the very first cohort of students in CSM Spring 2015. It inspired me.