Summary of Leadership and Academic Experience

  • Chairperson, Department of Computer Science, Loyola University of Chicago, 2018-present.
  • Assistant to Provost: July 2010 – June 2012: Led the implementation of two university-wide initiatives (summer online classes and January term) to improve student access to classes, student retention and graduation.
  • Chairperson, Department of Computer Science, Fall 2005 to Spring 2012: Oversight of undergraduate, graduate programs, students, staff, part-time and full-time faculty.
  • American Council on Education Fellow, 2009-2010: Leadership development at University of Wisconsin-Stout, University of Wisconsin System Administration (Madison), and Northeastern Illinois University (Chicago). Focus Topics: strategic planning, university-industry partnerships, budgeting and finance, enrollment management, working with the board, and government relations.
  • Professor Department of Computer Science, Loyola University of Chicago, 2002-present.

Significant Accomplishments

  • At the Office of Provost, I led the university-wide implementation of offering summer online classes for undergraduates involving five colleges. This involved working with Deans, Chairs, and Program Directors from the School of Business Administration, Social Work, College of Arts and Sciences, Communication, and Nursing.
  • At the Office of Provost, I led the university-wide implementation of a new two-week January intersession that offers a mix of online and on-campus classes from five colleges. Both initiatives were designed to promote student retention and access to classes and are now integrated into the standard university schedule.
  • Provided leadership for the development and implementation of a strategic plan for the department. This led to the creation of successful new majors and minors, and professional master’s programs.
  • Provided leadership to foster industry-department relationship which garnered corporate grants.
  • Collaborated with English to establish the Center of Excellence in Digital Textual Studies. In addition, a professional MA program in Digital Humanities was introduced in 2011 under the auspices of the Center.  Served as the chair of Bioinformatics committee to establish a Bachelor’s degree in Bioinformatics.
  • Established industry advisory group and social networking presence for alumni, and improved student research with faculty.
  • Provided leadership to partner with National Center for Woman & Information Technology (NCWIT) to attract and retain women in technology and computer science. Served as Co-PI in an NSF grant that that has provided scholarships to over 100 under-represented students in computer science.