Valerie Barr

Computer Science Dept.
Union College
Schenectady, NY 12308

phone: +1 518 388 8361

office: Steinmetz 201
office hours: Please email for an appointment.

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Brief Bio

I am a professor in the Computer Science Department at Union College. I spent 2013-2014 on temporary assignment to the National Science Foundation, serving as a program director in the Division of Undergraduate Education.

Before coming to Union, I was on the faculty at Hofstra University. During my graduate studies I also taught at Pratt Institute, Rutgers University, Mount Holyoke College, and Polytechnic University. I received my Masters degree from New York University and my Ph.D. from Rutgers University.

Research Overview

My research interests are primarily in There is much more information on the Grants page and the Research page.


In Winter, 2017, I am teaching CSC-260 (Large Scale Software Development), CSC-235 (Modeling and Simulation, and CSC-109 (Programming for Engineers). In Spring 201 I will teach CSC-109 again and CSC-497 (Computer Science Capstone Seminar).


The CS department at Union has created a distinctive curriculum which makes exposure to computing possible for students from across the entire campus. We offer six theme-based introductory courses and welcome CS majors and minors, as well as students from other fields who are interested in enhancing their studies with computation. More information is available about our intro courses, including the common concepts and skills covered in each intro.

For more information, including our programs with other departments, is available at the For Students link, as well as the Department Home Page.

Digital Humanities, etc.

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