University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC)       - Clinical Professor in Computer Science (2013 - present)
- Lecturer in Computer Science. (1996-2013)
- Director of Undergraduate Recruitment in Computer Science (2006 - present)
  • Award for Excellence in Teaching (AET) 2017.   UIC campus-wide, nominated by department, then college. 5 awards out of ~1,940 faculty 
  • Teaching Recognition Program (TRP) Award 2005, 2013.   UIC campus-wide, self-nominated
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor Award 2008, 2014, 2016.  UIC College of Engineering 
  • Simon Outstanding Teacher Award 2007.  UIC College of Engineering , also nominated 2003, 2004
  • Faculty Teaching Award 2006, 2008, 2014, 2018.  UIC College of Engineering
  • Silver Circle Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2004. UIC campus-wide by student vote, nominations in 1998, 2002, 2003


  • Spearheaded UIC CS department undergraduate student population growth of 494% from 185 students to 1,100 students in the years 2005-2017, leading the national growth average by ~6%.  
  • Computer Science recruiting presentations to over 10,000 High School students from 2005-1012, in groups of ~30.
  • Coordinated departmental community-building activities: annual scavenger hunt, Stump-the-Profs
  • Managed development and printing of departmental brochure and promotional material.
Loyola University Chicago      1990 - 1995 - Assistant Professor in Computer Science. Northwestern University       1986 - 1988 - Instructor of Computer Science
- Teacher's Assistant: Named "Teacher's Assistant of the Year" in 1988.
Courses: Designed and taught graduate and undergraduate courses including: Discovering Computer ScienceSoftware Design (Java, C++, X-Windows), Artificial Intelligence (PROLOG, LISP), Operating Systems, Architecture, Introductory Programming, Programming Languages, Data Structures, Assembly Language Programming, Computer Ethics, Technical Public Speaking, many with a strong web-based component. See links to courses taught at


Ph.D. in Computer Science     December 1995
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Dissertation Title: An Assistant for Perceptual Tasks using Exemplar-based Learning.
Introduces paradigm using computer as a perceptual tool to make expert equalization adjustments to affect musical timbres. Implemented a working prototype.

M.S. in Computer Science      May 1987
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Recipient of a Walter P. Murphy Fellowship. Emphasis on Artificial Intelligence, Computer Architecture, and Automata Theory.
Thesis Title: A Rule-Based Inductive Learning System. Applied work to Othello game playing.

Bachelor of Arts     May 1984
North Park College, Chicago, IL
Double Major in English and Computer Science in 3 years.

Research Interests

CS Education, Educational Technology, Human Computer Interaction


Chicago Alliance For Equity in Computer Science (CafeCS) 
National Science Foundation (NSF CNS-STEM  STEM+C)     2017 - 2021
4 year $1M grant to provide high quality introductory CS education to every student within the Chicago Public Schools.  UIC portion $71K.
Co-Pi along with Lucia Dettori (lead, DePaul), Steven McGee (The learning Partnership), Brenda Wilkerson and Don Yanek (CPS), Ron Greenberg and George Thiruvathukal (Loyola).  
Accelerate ECS4ALL 
National Science Foundation (NSF EHR/CISE STEM+C)     2015 - 2018
3 year $999K grant to explore peer coaching models for Exploring Computer Science (ECS) teachers within the Chicago Public Schools.  UIC portion $132K.
Co-Pi along with Lucia Dettori (lead, DePaul), Brenda Wilkerson (CPS), Don Yanek (CPS), Ron Greenberg (Loyola).  
Taste of Computing: Adding a CS Entree to the Education Choices in a Large Urban School District
National Science Foundation (NSF CISE/EHR CE21)     2011 - 2015
4 year $750K grant to replicate the Exploring Computer Science (ECS) curriculum in the Chicago Public Schools.  UIC portion $56K.
Co-Pi along with Lucia Dettori (lead, DePaul), Don Yanek (CPS), Ron Greenberg (Loyola).  
CS Scholars, National Science Foundation (NSF DUE SSTEM)     2010 - 2015 4 year $598K grant to recruit and offer undergraduate scholarships to Chicago-area CS students in traditionally underrepresented groups. Co-PI, wrote proposal, created promotional material, recruited students, providing on-going support.CS4HS Chicago, Google      2010 - 2013
Spearheaded yearly conference for ~30 Chicago-area high school CS teachers with hands-on explorations of pedagogy and technology, energizing CS teachers and building links with university CS departments. $52K
IMPACTS, National Science Foundation (NSF EHR/HRD BPC-A)     2008 - 2010 Improving Metropolitan Participation to Accelerate Collaborative Computing Throughput and Success (IMPACTS)
18 month $60K grant to create and deliver CS interest-generating presentations at Chicago area High Schools. PI of UIC portion of collaborative research with Loyola (lead), IIT, UIUC.
C++ For Example (pdf), National Science Foundation (NSF EHR/DUE CCLI-EMD)     2002 - 2003 Two year $75K grant to develop a comprehensive set of examples along with an intuitive web-based interface for use by students in an introductory programming class.Web Science Curriculum Filter/Editor, National Science Foundation (NSF EHR/DGE PFSMETE)     2000 - 2001 Third year $50K grant following the NSF PFSMETE fellowship described below. Developed a web page annotator/filter for use in collaborative web-based curriculum design. Research Fellow (pdf), National Science Foundation (NSF EHR/DGE PFSMETE)     1998 - 2000 PFSMETE (Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology Education).
Developed intelligent indexing tools for educational use on the Internet Created a web-based Personal Information Manager (PIM). $100K over two years. Worked with the NSF Center for Learning Technologies in Urban Schools (LeTUS) at Northwestern University's School of Education.
Principal Investigator, Project Director (pdf), National Science Foundation (NSF EHR/HRD SSC)     1992 -1996 Loyola / Aspira Summer Science Camp
Responsible for curriculum design, primary instruction, and recruitment, selection, training, and oversight for a yearly staff of 8.This $120K ($80K ‘92-’95, $40K ‘96) grant was a Bilingual (English/Spanish) intensive six-week full-time study and lab introduction to Computer Science hardware and software for 100 Latino middle school students. It included material normally not encountered until University-level Engineering courses and was an incentive for students to enter math & science based careers. Program resulted in increased interest in science, engineering and math careers for 90% of participants.It was the only program of its kind in the United States.
Co-Principal Investigator, Department of Energy (DOE)     1991 -1995 Loyola / Aspira Pre-Freshman Engineering Program
This $80K grant ($40K ‘91-’93, $40K ‘93-’95) was the motivation for the above-mentioned NSF grant. It achieved national recognition and served as a model for new NSF & DOE grants, with a direct impact on 134 student participants.Provided training for Chicago Public Schools teachers.
Faculty Associate, National Science Foundation (NSF)     1989 -1991 Loyola/NSF Young Scholars Program
Taught one section of the Summer component of this grant for outstanding Chicago-area high school students, as well as an Artificial Intelligence seminar presented once a week for five weeks.
Miscellaneous     1992 - 1993 Received $6K from Kraft and $9K from the Chicago Public Schools for computer equipment and curriculum development to enhance the above DOE and NSF programs


Assessing the Effectiveness of Computer Science RPPs: The Case of CafeCS
Erin Henrick, Steven McGee, Ron Greenberg, Lucia Dettori, Andrew Rasmussen, Don Yanek, Dale Reed.  (RESPECT) 2019.  In Press.

An Examination of the Correlation of Exploring Computer Science Course Performance and the Development of Programming Expertise
Steven McGee, Ron Greenberg, Randi McGee-Tekula, Jennifer Duck, Andrew Rasmussen, Lucia Dettori, Dale Reed.  
ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), Minneapolis, MN, March 2019.  In Press.

Using Magic in Computing Education and Outreach  
Ron Greenberg, Dale Reed. Frontiers in Education (FIE), San Jose, CA, Oct 2018. 
Does Exploring Computer Science Increase Computer Science Enrollment  
Steven McGee, Randi McGee-Tekula, Jennifer Duck, Lucia Dettori, Don Yanek, Andrew Rasmussen, Ron Greenberg, Dale Reed. American Educational Research Association (AERA), New York, NY, April 2018.
Equal Outcomes 4 All: A Study of Student Learning in ECS  
Steven McGee, Randi McGee-Tekula, Jennifer Duck, Catherine McGee, Lucia Dettori, Ron Greenberg, Eric Snow, Daisy Rutstein, Dale Reed, Brend Wilkerson, Don Yanek, Andrew Rasmussen, Dennis Brylow.  ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), Baltimore, MD, February 2018.
Does a Taste of Computing Increase Computer Science Enrollment?
Steven McGee, Jennifer Duck, Taylor White, Lucia Dettori, Brenda Wilkerson, Don Yanek, Andrew Rasmussen, Ronald Greenberg, Dale Reed, Gail Chapman.   Computing in Science & Engineering ( Volume: 19, Issue: 3, 2017 )

The Impact of the Exploring Computer Science Instructional Model in the Chicago Public Schools
Lucia Dettori, Ronald Greenberg, Steven McGee, and Dale Reed.  Computing in Science and Engineering, CiSESI, Mar.-Apr. 2016 (Best of Respect 2015).  

Assessing the Promise of the Exploring Computer Science Program
Steven McGee, Ronald I. Greenberg, Lucia Dettori, and Dale F. Reed.  American Educational Research Association (AERA), Washington D.C., April 2016.  

How Exploring Computer Science (ECS) came to Chicago
Dale Reed, Brenda Wilkerson, Don Yanek, Lucia Dettori and Jeff Solin..  ACM Inroads, vol. 6 no. 3, September 2015, pp. 75-77.

The Impact of Meaningful High School Computer Science Experiences in the Chicago Public Schools
Ronald Greenberg, Lucia Dettori, Steven McGee and Dale Reed.  Research in Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing and Technology (RESPECT) 2015.  
Tools for Outreach Presentations
Ronald Greenberg and Dale Reed.  SIGCSE Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITICSE2015), Vilnius, Lithuania, July 2015. 
Steven McGee, Ronald Greenberg, Dale Reed, Jennifer Duck.  Journal for Computing Teachers (JCT), Summer 2013    
CFX: Finding Just the Right Examples for CS1 [378K .doc] [7.1M pdf]  Experience the demo
Dale Reed, Sam John, Ryan Aviles, Feihong Hsu.  ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), Norfolk, Virginia, Mar. 2004.

Web Annotator
Dale Reed and Sam John.  ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), Reno, Feb. 2003.

Lecturer - An Alternative to the Tenure Track
John T. Bell, Ann Ford, Vladimir Goncharoff, Susan Montgomery, Dale Reed, Cathleen Theys, and Patrick A. Troy.  Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference (ASEE), Montreal Canada, June 2002.

Capturing Perceptual Expertise: A Sound Equalization Expert System 
Dale Reed.  Knowledge-Based Systems, Elsevier Press. Vol 14:1-2, March 2001, pp. 111-118.
A Perceptual Assistant to do Sound Equalization
Dale Reed.  International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI 2000), New Orleans, Jan. 2000.

Web Page Annotator
Dale Reed and Sirisha Garapati.  International Conference on Technology and Education (ICTE): Tampa, Mar. 2000.

Intelligent Indexing
Dale Reed and Rahul Matta.  International Conference on Technology and Education (ICTE): Tampa, Mar. 2000.

Building a Railroad Switching Yard Controller: Digital Electronics as an Educational Tool
Dale Reed. The Intl. Conference on Technology and Education (ICTE): New Orleans, Mar. 1996.

Bilingual Technology Education for Middle School Students
Dale Reed and Eric Hamilton.  The Intl. Conference on Technology and Education (ICTE): M.I.T., Mar. 1993.

Loyola / Aspira PREP: A Bilingual Educational Program
Dale Reed. Frontiers in Education (FIE ‘92): Nashville, TN, Nov. 1992.

A Perceptual Assistant
Dale Reed. Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Symposium (FLAIRS): Cocoa Beach, FL, Mar. 1991.

Conference Sessions, Presentations, Reviews

  • "This is What Diversity Looks Like: Making ECS Culturally Relevant for Spanish-speaking Puerto Ricans": Joseph Carroll-Miranda, Patricia Ordonez, Edusmildo Orozco, Milagros Bravo, Michelle Borrero, Luis Lopez, Gerriann Houser, Eliud Gerena, Dale Reed, Brenda Santiago, Agustin Corchado, Andreshka Santana. SIGCSE panel discussion, Minneapolis, MN, March 2019.  In press.
  • "Standardizing Facilitator Development for Exploring Computer Science Professional Development": Steven McGee, John Wachen, Lucia Dettori, Don Yanek, Faythe Brannon, Andy Rasmussen, Dale Reed, Ron Greenberg.  SIGCCSE poster presentation, Minneapolis, MN, March 2019.  In Press.
  • "Five Days that Transformed My Teaching": Patti Ordonez, Joanna Goode, Dale Reed. 2018 ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference, Orlando, FL, September 2018.  
  • "Number Guess" Nifty Assignment: Dale Reed.  CSTA Conference, Omaha, NE, July 2018.  
  • "AP Computer Science Principles – Are You Ready?": Paul Tymann, Dale Reed, Chinma Uche and Carl Yarbrough.  SIGCSE panel discussion, Baltimore, MD, March 2018.
  • "CS as a Graduation Requirement: A Catalyst for Systemic Change": Lucia Dettori, Ron Greenberg, Steven McGee, Dale Reed, Brenda Wilkerson and Don Yanek.  SIGCSE special session, Baltimore, MD, March 2018. 
  • Invited address "Exploring Computer Science (ECS): From Chicago to Puerto Rico": Dale Reed. Puerto Rico CS4All Symposium, San Juan, Puerto Rico, January 2018.
  • "Equity and Social Justice: AP Computer Science Principles and CS for All": Lien Diaz, Owen Astrachan, Rich Kick, Dale Reed, Fran Trees, Chinma Uche, CSTA Conference, Baltimore, MD, July 2017.
  • "Social Justice and Equity in CS Education": Lien Diaz, Fran Trees, Dale Reed, Rich Kick, Andy Kuemmel.  SIGCSE panel session, Seattle, Mar. 2017. 
  • Content Consultant on the September 1, 2016 Scholastic Children's Book "Computers" by Christine Taylor-Butler.
  • "App Development for All": with Dave Hayes. SIGCSE workshop, Memphis, TN, March 5, 2016.
  • "Using App Inventor in Introductory CS Courses": with Meimei Gao, Julie Johnson, Cate Sheller and Franklyn Turbak. SIGCSE panel session, Kansas City, MO, March 2015.
  • "One-Day Activities for K-12 Face-to-Face Outreach": with Daniel Garcia, Wei Ding, Joseph Cohen, Barbara Ericson, Jeff Gray. SIGCSE panel session, Kansas City, MO, March 2015.
  • "AP CS Principles: Sneak Preview": with Baker Franke, K-12 Special Session, CCSC:MW Olivet Nazarene College, Sept 20, 2014.
  • Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA), Tutorial address on effective K-12 outreach in Chicago, IL, Mar. 29, 2014.
  • Invited Keynote Address: Computing Education in South Carolina summit, Columbia, SC,  Nov. 9, 2013.
  • "Collaborating for Success—Implementing ECS in Chicago and Beyond": with Gail Chapman and Don Yanek, CSTA 2013 Conference, Quincy, MA, July 2013. 
  • "Replicating 'Exploring Computer Science' (ECS)": with Gail Chapman and Don Yanek, SIGCSE Birds-of-a-Feather session, Denver, CO, Mar. 2012. 


Professional Development Mentor Facilitator,  ECS (2013-present)
Facilitator of week-long professional development sessions for Exploring Computer Science (ECS) in Chicago, Milwaukee, Richmond, Golden, Tuskegee, and San Juan.

College Board Development Committee Member, 2013 - Fall 2016
Team member refining curriculum framework and testing materials for new Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles Course, until launch in Fall 2016.

Professional Development Facilitator,  (2014-2015)
Facilitator of week-long professional development sessions for Exploring Computer Science (ECS) in Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, and New York.

Educational Consultant, McGraw-Hill  2012-2014
Host of iTeach Computer web site, generating content and growing membership to over 150 higher-education faculty.

Research Scientist, Odesta Corporation     1989 -1990
Applying Machine Learning Techniques to find non-linear relationships in large real world databases. Responsibilities include User Interfaces, Data Analysis, and Client Meetings.

Knowledge Engineer, Black Bear Inc.     1987 - 1988
Researched and implemented a stock-market forecasting Expert System for a Chicago Board of Options Exchange trading company. Used learning and knowledge- representation techniques developed during my thesis research.

Systems Quality Assurance Analyst     1984 -1985
Pansophic Systems, Naperville, IL - Designed and executed quality test programs for system software under multiple mainframe operating environments. - Developed methodology and performed product evaluations of PC software, submitting recommendations for decision-making in acquiring new companies.

Self-employed, Mexico City, Mexico     1979 - 1981
Operated a wholesale bakery business selling to bakeries and restaurants.


Chicago CSTA founding member and current officer.
IEEE Computer Society
NCWIT Aspirations award coordinator for IL, 2012-13, ongoing committee member
Chicago City Science Fair
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