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Dale Reed Bio

Dr. Dale Reed is Clinical Professor in the Computer Science department at UIC.  As director of CS Recruitment at UIC he has given well over 300 presentations to ~10,000 high school students over the last 12 years, funded in part by an NSF BPC-A grant. He has spearheaded UIC CS department undergraduate student population growth from 185 students in 2005 to over 1100 students in 2017, leading the national growth average by ~6%. 

Reed double-majored in English and Computer Science at North Park, then obtained his Ph.D. in CS at Northwestern.  Dr. Reed has long been invested in CS education for underrepresented minorities, with over two million dollars in career grant funding.  Fluent in Spanish, Dr. Reed was PI of the NSF-funded Summer Science Camp from 1992 to 1996, where 90% of the 100 Chicago inner-city middle-school students indicated an increased interest in STEM careers. As co-PI on an NSF SSTEM grant Reed recruited and nurtured 27 Latino, African-American and Female CS students in their CS education at UIC. As a founding member of the Chicago CSTA Reed has run Google-funded CS4HS seminars for multiple years and was part of the team that from 2009-2016 got CS to be a high school graduation requirement in Chicago Public Schools. He has been involved with the replication of the Los Angeles Exploring Computer Science (ECS) grant in Chicago, and was co-PI on that NSF CE21 Taste of Computing grant. As a product of the early version of the ECS Facilitator in Development program, he is a national ECS PD mentor facilitator. 

Reed loves to teach, and has learned practical teaching strategies from the Chicago high school teachers he has been privileged to get to know, using inquiry to affect equity.

He served on his neighborhood school Local School Council (LSC) for 11 years and was a member of the College Board Development Committee for three years establishing the new AP CS Principles (CSP) course. Reed can juggle and ride the unicycle, though not yet at the same time, and rides a skateboard or folding bike around campus.