Professor Shout-Out! Meet Dr. James Teresco

Dr. James D. Teresco, Associate Professor of Computer Science, has been with Saint Rose since 2012

Where did you attend school?Dr. James Teresco

Union College for my BS and MS degrees, RPI for my Ph.D.

Where have you been employed?

I’ve been mostly in higher ed: Williams College, Mount Holyoke College, Siena College, and now Saint Rose, but I also spent a year working at a small software company called Clickshare.

Did you always want to teach?

No, but as soon as I had the chance to try it out by teaching a few courses as as adjunct at Union while I was working on my Ph.D., I knew that was what I wanted to do.

Highlight of your academic career, thus far:

If we include time as a student, it would be defending my Ph.D. thesis the day before my 30th birthday.  As a faculty member, it’s probably earning tenure here at Saint Rose.

Favorite color?

Blue.

Favorite place to eat in the Capital Region?

That’s a tough one.  I’m a big fan of Hot Harry’s, but I also really like the pizza and wings at Pizza Mare in Colonie, and the steak sandwiches at Morrette’s in Schenectady.

Favorite TV show?

Currently, it’s The Big Bang Theory.  Overall, it might be The Simpsons.  But I’ll always choose to watch a Yankee baseball game over just about anything else, and a can rarely switch away from a Cheers rerun.

What is the last book you read?

There’s not much time for reading during semesters, so I tend to pick up books I’ve read before and read a chapter here and there.  Most recently, I’ve been doing that with The Hobbit, thinking maybe I’ll find a chance to see those movies some time.

If you could have one superpower, what would you choose?

Whatever super power would get my grading done more quickly (would that be the power to ignore more interesting things that always seem better than grading?).  I really enjoy nearly everything about my job, but grading is just painful.

Bonus thoughts?!

Outside of work, two of my favorite things are skiing and traveling.   I’m able to combine teaching with skiing on Saturday mornings during the winter as a ski instructor at Royal Mountain in Caroga Lake.  And I was able to combine some of what I enjoy about travel with work in a project I use in some classes here (and have presented at a few conferences) by combining data from a web site that allows users to track their travel history with some of my own code that uses that data to help students understand graph algorithms.

More about Dr. Teresco can be found on his webpage. 

What do you think?