Rebecca Thomas joined Earlham in July 2018 after three years as Dean of the College at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. In that role she was responsible for oversight and coordination of the undergraduate curriculum and faculty, including faculty governance, faculty hiring and evaluation, curricular planning and assessment, support of faculty research, and accreditation. Prior to becoming Dean, she was a member of the Computer Science faculty and taught widely in this program and in the general education curriculum, including First Year Seminar (a Great Books course), in addition to supervising student research every academic year and several summers.
Becky earned her S.B degree in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University. Her technical research has been in the subfield of artificial intelligence, focusing on problems including text simplification and coalition formation in multi-agent systems.
She has published in conferences and journals including KONVENS Conference on Natural Language Processing, the Workshop on Agent Theories, Architectures, and Languages, the International Journal of Intelligent Systems, the Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology, and a chapter in the volume Foundations of Rational Agency.
In addition, Becky is a co-author of “Becoming a Computer Scientist: A Report by the ACM Subcommittee on the Status of Women in Computing Science,” in the Communications of the Association for Computing Machines (1990) which has since been reprinted several times in other venues.
She has received grants, fellowships and awards from IBM, the National Science Foundation, AT&T Bell Laboratories, the University of Northern Iowa, and the Bard College Summer Research Institute, and has taught at Stanford University, Middlebury College, the University of Northern Iowa, Marist College and Bard College.