Brief BioI am the Jean Sammet Professor and chair in the Computer Science department at Mount Holyoke College. I was previously in the Computer Science Department at Union College. I spent 2013-2014 on temporary assignment to the National Science Foundation, serving as a program director in the Division of Undergraduate Education.
In addition to Union College, I was previously on the faculty at Hofstra University. During my graduate studies I taught at Pratt Institute, Rutgers University, Mount Holyoke College, and Polytechnic University (now NYU Tandon School of Engineering). I received my Masters degree from New York University and my Ph.D. from Rutgers University.
Research OverviewMy research interests are primarily in
- software testing, particularly applied to various kinds of artificial intelligence and language processing systems,
- computer science education, particularly new curricula that will engage an increasingly diverse group of students in CS
- working collaboratively with colleagues in other disciplines to apply computing to problems in their fields
- reanalyzing degree attainment data to better identify and understand longstanding trends in the areas of gender & race and ethnicity
TeachingIn Fall, 2020, I expect to teach COMSC-205 (Data Structures), DATA-390 (Data Science Capstone), and COMSC-125 Introduction to R.
Other ActivitiesWithin Mount Holyoke:
- Co-lead of the Data Science program
- Member of the faculty advisory board for the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives
- Faculty advisor for Bellatrix, MHC's student organization focused on sci-fi and anime.
- Past Chair of ACM-W, the ACM Council on Women and Computing
- Member of LACS, the Liberal Arts Computer Science Consortium