Retired UTSA Faculty Members Establish Fellowship Award To Promote Innovation in Computer Science

“Kay and Steve have been founding members of the computer science department and have been instrumental in establishing a standard of excellence in education and research that will always be tied to their legacy at UTSA.”

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Retired UTSA faculty members, Kay and Steve Robbins, professors emeriti from the UTSA College of Sciences Department of Computer Science, are lending their support to advance the university’s endeavors in the field of computer science through the Kay and Steve Robbins Faculty Teaching Fellowship Award in Computer Science.


According to UTSA Today, the Kay and Steve Robbins Faculty Teaching Fellowship Award will help promote teaching innovations offered by computer science faculty through program and career skills development. The fully-funded Fellowship is slated to begin distributions in November 2021 and awarded fellows will be offered assistance through summer support, course releases, equipment, undergraduate/graduate assistant paid work, and travel.


"The pandemic has presented some challenges for teaching and learning, but also opportunities for innovative use of technology, especially new technologies,” said Kay and Steve Robbins in a joint statement. “We have always thought we might bequeath something to UTSA sometime in the distant future, but in seeing the hard work of the faculty and students in meeting the challenges of the pandemic these past two years, we thought now was the time to act.”


The married couple's commitment to education and UTSA is evident in their newly founded fellowship opportunity but is also reflected in the more than 40 years collective years at UTSA where they have been privy to the advancement and expansion of the computer science program and curriculum at the university.


“We are very grateful for this visionary endowment fund doctors Kay and Steve Robbins have established to support the future success of our computer science education,” Sushil Prasad, chair of the UTSA Department of Computer Science told UTSA Today. “Kay and Steve have been founding members of the computer science department and have been instrumental in establishing a standard of excellence in education and research that will always be tied to their legacy at UTSA.”


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