I teach and engage in research in the fields of Human-Computer Interaction and Computer Science Education at UNC Charlotte. My research involvesinnovative curriculum and pedagogy for Computer Science, developing and evaluating novel interaction techniques, creativity support tools, and technologies to support the arts. I also conduct research with collaborators at Wake Forest in the area of HCI for health, specifically related to use of patient portals. I regularly attend the ACM CHI, UIST, SIGCSE and C&C conferences. Beyond technology, education and art, I am also interested in politics, gender issues, philosophy, behavioral economics, neuroscience, psychology and sociology.
I received my PhD in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo in 2006. I have a Master of Mathematics in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Economics and Applied Studies, both from Waterloo.
Our paper, “Statement Making: A Maker Fashion Show Foregrounding Feminism, Gender, and Transdisciplinarity” was just presented in Hong Kong at the 2018 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference and won a Best Paper Honorable Mention!
Our full paper on “Evolving a Data Structures Class Toward Inclusive Success” has been accepted for publication at the IEEE conference Frontiers in Education 2018. Our work in progress paper on “Sustainable Educational Innovation Through Engaged Pedagogy and Organizational Change” was also accepted. We will be presenting in San Jose in October!
Our journal paper about running post-production focus groups in Dance is now published in Taylor & Francis’ Journal of Dance Education.
I just presented our paper on retention effects after Flipped CS1 classes at ACM SIGCSE 2018! I also served on a panel of awesome people, moderated by Jamie Payton, titled: “The Role of Identity, Relationships, and Academic Culture in Inclusive and Equitable Practices for Broadening Participation in Computing Education”.
Journal article accepted at JMIR: Patient Portal Utilization among Ethnically Diverse Low Income Older Adults.
I’ve been promoted to Full Professor, effective July 1, 2017. Thanks to all my supportive colleagues and graduate students, past and present!
A new journal article from our Dance.Draw project entitled: “Post-Production Focus Groups in Dance: A Case Study and Protocol” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Dance Education. Co-written with three amazing women: Sybil Huskey, Danielle Lottridge and Erin Cherry.
I presented a United Nations HeForShe Distinguished Speaker Talk at the University of Waterloo. The talk focused on my FemmeTech class aimed at simultaneously introducing students to computer science and explicitly exploring the issues of gender and technology.