Amber Settle Vincent de Paul Professor

From 2008 until 2011 I served as the founding director of the Innovation in Technology Education Center (iTec).  From 2008 until 2011 I was the PI on an NSF-funded project on Computational Thinking Across the Curriculum.  I am also a member of the Research Group in Theory.

Research interests

I have two main research areas:

  1. Information technology and computer science education, including computational thinking, game development and design, gender and computing, online learning, programming pedagogy, and student recruitment and retention
  2. Theoretical computer science, including distributed algorithms, cellular automata, information retrieval, and the firing synchronization problem

I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Chicago in 1999.  My advisor was Janos Simon.   The work for my Ph.D. thesis focused on the firing synchronization problem.

Research projects

From June 2002 until June 2003 I served as Todd Bittner's advisor as he completed his Master thesis.

An article about the linked-courses learning community project organized by Terry Steinbach and me appeared in the Spring 2015 In The Loop magazine and another article appeared in the January 2017 issue of DePaul Newsline.


Book chapters


Refereed conference proceedings

Technical reports


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Refereed conference posters