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Professional 

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I am currently an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the University of Nebraska Omaha. I received my PhD in Human Centered Computing at Georgia Tech, working under Mark Guzdial. I have been a college faculty member for 20 years; previously, I was a software engineer at IBM.

My research interests include determining when, if, and how educational psychology principles can be applied within computing, specifically to learning programming. I also work on broadening participation in computing efforts and preparing teachers to bring computing into their classrooms.

I was awarded UNO Alumni IS&T Teacher of the Year 2021.

Work

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University of Nebraska Omaha

August, 2016 - present

​Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department

Conducted user studies on learning gains from teachers and students using eBooks to learn programming. Developed assessments and end of chapters questions.

Georgia Institute of Technology

August, 2011 - August, 2016

​Graduate Research Assistant

Conducted user studies on learning gains from teachers and students using eBooks to learn programming. Developed assessments and end of chapters questions.

 

 

Kennesaw State University
​January, 2015 - May, 2015

​Assistant Professor, Software Engineering and Computer Game Design and Development Department

Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic were officially merged in January of 2015. During the 2015-2016 academic year, I officially took a leave of absence to finish defending my dissertation.

 

 

Southern Polytechnic State University

​January, 1996 - December, 2014

​Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department

During this time I also served as the Secretary to the Senate, Computer Science and Software Engineering Undergraduate Coordinator, and lead on multiple ABET self-study teams.

 

 

IBM

​July, 1987 - December, 1994

​Staff Programmer

Product development through complete software lifecycle on a large scale manufacturing application. Lead educator for IBM internal developers for object-oriented programming and development tools. Final position was product support team lead.

Education
Georgia Institute of Technology

August, 2016 

PhD, Human Centered Computing

​Dissertation: Computer Science is Different: Applying Educational Psychology Principles to Learning Programming

Advisor: Mark Guzdial

Notable Awards: Foley Scholar Finalist (2015)

 

 

Southern Polytechnic State University
M.S., Computer Science

​June, 1995

​Project: Designing a Suite of Laboratory Experiences for an Introductory Course in Programming

 

 

Tulane University
B.S.E., cum laude, Computer Engineering

​May, 1987