Prof. Michael Litman, PhD
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Phone: (262) 243-4359
Email: michael . litman @ cuw . edu
At CUW since: 2006
Ph.D. Computer Science, Nova Southeastern University
M.S. Computer Science, Western Illinois University
B.S. Computer Science, Western Illinois University
Associate Faculty, Western Illinois University
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Software development is like a sport. It takes thousands of reps to become competent. Computer programming is NOT computer science. Rather it is a tool that a computer scientist leverages to solve problems. As a professor, I encourage my students to view programming in this light. Having a well rounded computer science education is vital to the modern software developer. I view the various “college alternatives” like Thinkful, Udemy, Udacity, Team Treehouse, etc… as great tools that can introduce a student to computer programming and even get them started in the industry, but without a solid computer science foundation advancing in the profession can be tough. I am passionate about computer science education and have been teaching at the college level since 2000, and plan to never retire. My research area is Programming Language Theory, but I am greatly interested in all things programming as I like telling computers what to do against their fictitious will!
Outside of computer science I am an avid golfer with a few Golf Channel Amateur Tour wins, a mediocre fisherman, a husband, and a professional weird guy. I grew up in central Illinois near Champaign, I was born Jewish, but have been a Christian since 1996. I prefer the term Messianic Jew because it just sound cool! I have been a member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod since 2007, and I pray that God continues to bless me with students and colleagues that continue to appreciating my strange brand of reality.