"Work smarter not harder" - former student
I have been a dancer for most of my life. As a high schooler, I assisted and taught numerous dance classes, which is where I found my love for teaching. I started teaching computer science to grades 7 through 12 at the Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA) in 2004. I spent three incredible years at ASFA where I had the privilege of teaching fantastic individuals who taught me as much, if not more, than I taught them. I have also used my computer science degree as a project manager and software developer for Kennesaw State University where I was recently an assistant professor. I earned my PhD in Computer Science from the University of Alabama under the advisement of Dr. Jeff Gray in 2015.
I am thrilled to be a member of the Birmingham-Southern community where I am helping to build a new style of computing program, Creative and Applied Computing. Here, I am utilizing my experience teaching at ASFA as well as working in the industry to build something really special!
Most of my research is in the realm of accessible computing and human computer interaction. My hope is to increase the ease with which users can access the computer and computer programming applications, in particular. I believe that the more people involved in designing and developing software, the more inclusive all technology will be.
Current Research Projects
A selection of projects on which I have been working.
Myna is a Vocal User Interface that enables students with motor impairments to program block languages by voice.
Hopper's Fables is a mathematical storytelling adventure my undergraduate students are creating using Blockly from Google.
Funded by the CREU program at CRA-W.
This is a tactile input modality for students with visual impairments. It will aid these students in accessing block programming languages.
Women In CS
I am extremely passionate about encouraging more women to study Computer Science. I hope to start a group at BSC soon!!!
At Kennesaw State University, we started the Object-Oriented Owls, a group interested in increasing the number of women studying or interested in Computer Science at Kennesaw State. This group of women received a Google igniteCS award to work with Girls, Inc. of Greater Atlanta.
League of Women Coders
January 2015-August 2015
The League of Women Coders is a group dedicated to increasing the number of women studying Computer Science at the University of Alabama. My hope is to combine the women in CS groups in the Southeast into one large group under this name.