I teach and engage in research in the fields of Human-Computer Interaction and Computer Science Education at the University of Manitoba. My research involves understanding how older adults and their caregivers engage with technology, and developing systems and tools to support a partnership model for the older adult’s digital life. I also conduct research in innovative curriculum and pedagogy for Computer Science, and I am particularly interested in how to support underserved populations learning computer science. A third area of interest is in developing and evaluating novel interaction techniques, creativity support tools and measurement, and the study of how people use complex software, whether mobile, web-based or traditional desktop systems. I have previously conducted research on technology to support the arts and I am a strong advocate for interdisciplinary research and funding that goes beyond STEM. 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. I began my research career as an Assistant Professor in the College of Computing and Informatics at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2006, was granted tenure there in 2012, and was promoted to Full Professor there in 2017. I still hold my position as Full Professor at UNC Charlotte, although I am currently on a leave of absence.
Our paper, “Salient Measures of an Engaged Computing Education Community” has been accepted for publication at FIE 2019.
I am excited to report that our paper, “IneqDetect: Visualizing Students’ Conversations to Increase Awareness and Support Reflection” has been accepted for publication in and presentation at CompEd 2019.
Our journal article, “Older Adult Internet Use and eHealth Literacy” has just been accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Gerontology.
Our journal article, “Insights into Older Adult Patient Concerns around Caregiver Proxy Portal Use” has just been accepted for publication in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
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”.