Valerie Barr

Computer Science Dept.
Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA 01075

phone: +1 413 538 3644

office: Clapp 222A
office hours: Usually M 4:30 - 6:00, T 3:30 - 5:00, W 2:00 - 3:00, Th 3:00 - 4:00, or email for an appointment.

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Brief Bio

I am the Jean Sammet Professor and chair in the Computer Science department at Mount Holyoke College. I was previously 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 (now NYU Poly). 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 Spring, 2018, I am teaching COMSC-101 (Problem Solving and Object Oriented Programming) and COMSC-341CC (Compiler Construction).

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