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Department of Computer Science

Dr. Stephen Rainwater

Dr. Stephen Rainwater

Title: Chandler Professor of Computer Science
Department: Department of Computer Science
Building: RBN 3005
Phone: (903) 566-7235


Ed.D. Texas A&M University - Commerce
M.S. Texas A&M University - Commerce
M.S. Stephen F. Austin State University
B.S. Stephen F. Austin State University

Teaching and Research Interests

Professor Rainwater’s primary teaching interests include algorithm design and analysis, computer organization, data structures, operating systems and programming languages.  His research interests and publications have primarily focused on the effectiveness of using low/no-cost software tools and techniques for teaching concepts in computer science including animations for teaching algorithms and dynamic processes, operating systems, and data communications.

Operating Systems Animations
Recursive Algorithms Animations
Data Communications Animations


Dr. Stephen B. Rainwater is the Lecil and Barbara Chandler Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Tyler. His professional career spans thirty-eight years as an instructor of computer science and mathematics at the high school, community college, and university levels; the last thirty-three years as a faculty member at UT Tyler. Over the course of this time, he has taught more than twenty-five undergraduate and fifteen graduate courses.  Dr. Rainwater's professional leadership has included service as President of the Texas Computer Education Association, Computer Science Representative on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Technology in Education, President of ISTE SIG for Computing Teachers, President of the East Texas Council of Teachers of Mathematics, program co-chair of the 1988 NCTM Southwestern Regional Conference, and mathematics section chair of the Texas Academy of Science. His professional organization affiliations include ISTE, ISTE SIGCT, ACM, ACM-SIGCSE, ASEE, CSTA, TACSE, TCEA, TCEA CS/TA-SIG, and Phi Delta Kappa. At UT Tyler, he has served as President of the Faculty Senate and is campus director/PI of the NSF-funded undergraduate research grant program (LSAMP) which endeavors to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups pursuing graduate degrees in STEM fields. In 2006, Dr. Rainwater was recognized with the UT System Chancellor's Council Outstanding Teaching Award. In 2011, he received the US President's Volunteer Service Award for his work in computing education. He has published over fifteen articles in refereed journals and conference proceedings.  Dr. Rainwater holds a doctorate in education from Texas A&M University-Commerce as well as graduate degrees in computer science and mathematics. His doctoral dissertation researched the predictive effects of community college student characteristics on academic achievement in computer science at the university level.

Curriculum Vitae