Candidate: Dr. Veronica McGowan

Editor’s Note: Candidates for the upcoming CSTA election have been invited to post brief blog statements so that members can have a chance to get to know them a bit better.
Hello CSTA Members,
I am running for the Collegiate Faculty Representative position on the CSTA Board and welcome correspondance with you. I am an assistant professor in the Computer and Business Information Systems Department at Delaware Valley College and highy invested in improving computer science education in American settings.
I have taught computer science and have served as a grade level and special education teacher at various school districts in Southeastern Pennsylvania. I am certified in both Elementary Education and Special Education for grades K – 12. My industry experience was as a programmer for the Internal Revenue Service in Philadelphia. My primary academic focus is programming and Web design.
I have recently graduated from Widener University’s Doctoral Program in Academic Leadership. My dissertation addressed faculty perspectives on the effectiveness of the e-assessment tools of a content management system for improving selected student-based factors. My research interests include improving teaching and learning in computer science and mathematics classrooms, curriculum development, and educational technology strands such as course management systems, academic and institutional promotion and use of Webpages, and serving students in online settings.
I also serve as the Post-Secondary Representative for the board of the Special Interest Group Computing Teachers of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and sit on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Computing Teachers and the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.
Thank you for reading my profile and have a pleasant conclusion to the spring semester,
Veronica McGowan

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