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Diversity in Computer Science Workshop

SPEAKERS
Improving Diversity in Computer Science Workshop

Free two-day faculty development workshop

YunJeong (Eunice) Chang, PhD

Dr. Chang serves as a co-principal investigator of the National Science Foundation-funded Lighthouse EC project, focusing on designing diversity-focused computer science introductory undergraduate courses. As an instructional scientist and instructional designer, she has led educational research and instructional design for the NSF-funded Lighthouse CC professional development MOOC project and Tapestry workshop. As a co-PI, she has also led engineering education projects with School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia. Before joining the Lighthouse team, she was involved in several research projects, including an NSF-funded project, that focused on developing online and blended learning environments for STEM and medical education. Dr. Chang holds a PhD in Learning, Design and Technology from the University of Georgia and a national certificate on interdisciplinary qualitative research. Her research interests include designing learner-centered environments with active strategies to improve equitable learning and engagement in higher education.


Leslie Cintron, PhD

Dr. Cintron serves as a co-principal investigator of the National Science Foundation-funded Lighthouse EC project, researching how best to increase engagement and diversity in computer science introductory undergraduate courses. She is the lead social science researcher and project director for the NSF-funded Lighthouse CC professional development research project and, since 2014, a co-organizer of the Tapestry Workshop. Prior to joining the Lighthouse team, Cintron held faculty positions in sociology at Washington & Lee University, Harvard University and Oxford University (United Kingdom). She was a lead researcher on several research projects focused on workforce and careers. Her research includes a national study of U.S. workers’ attitudes toward work and family across generational groupings, a study of female high-tech entrepreneurs, and research looking at the relationship between student (graduate and undergraduate) attitudes toward work and family and decision-making to pursue further education in computing. Her research interests include equity and diversity in STEM fields and the intersection of work, family and community life. Cintron holds a PhD in sociology from Harvard University.


Jim Cohoon, PhD

Dr. Cohoon, along with Joanne McGrath Cohoon, was the co-creator and is now the leader of the Tapestry and Lighthouse projects for increasing diversity in the computer science field through faculty education. Tapestry focuses on the engagement of high school computer science educators; Lighthouse focuses on the engagement of college educators, both faculty and teaching assistants. His Chrestomathics project changed several institutions’ introductory college CS1 curriculum using multiple pathways, active collaborative learning, integrated lecture and laboratory, and tailored examples and pedagogies. Locally, the project raised undergraduate women majors from 12 percent to ~30 percent and achieved near proportional representation for underrepresented minorities. In recognition of his diversity efforts, he was honored with the IEEE Computer Society’s Taylor L. Booth Educator Award.


Brittany Halsey

Halsey is an undergraduate research assistant for the Lighthouse CC and EC projects and a student at the University of Virginia. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in cognitive science concentrating in computer science and a master’s degree in elementary education. Her interests include promoting diversity in computing and making quality education accessible.


Luther Tychonievich, PhD

Dr. Tychonievich is co-organizer of the Tapestry professional development workshops for high school computer science educators and an integral member of the Lighthouse project. Since 2009, his participation has been exhaustive: presenting, training workshop organizers, managing applications, and running workshops of various lengths. Besides teaching computer science at the University of Virginia, his work interests include larger-scale curriculum redesign and training teaching assistants. In addition, he is one of the leaders in the Family History Information Standards Organization.