Brenda Cantwell Wilson

Department of Computer Science & Information Systems
College of Business & Public Affairs
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071-3314

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Office:       652-P Business Building South
Phone:      270-809-6210
Fax:          270-809-3199
E-Mail:       brenda.wilson@murraystate.edu


photo: during  & after completing Ph.D.


 
 

Office Hours for Fall 2009

8:00 - 10:30

12:30 - 1:30

 

Mon / Wed

 

8:00 - 9:30

10:45 – 12:30 

 

 

Tues / Thurs

 

 

 

 

Classes for Fall 09 Are On Blackboard

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Education:

 

B.S. Mathematics                                                                                Harding University, 1969

Searcy, Arkansas

 

M.A. Computer Science                                                                     University of Texas at Austin, 1983

Austin, Texas

 

Ph.D. Instructional Technology                                                        Southern Illinois University, 2000

                                                                                                                Carbondale, Illinois

 

Professional History:

 

2005 - present                      Associate Professor, Dept. of Computer Science & Information Systems

                                                Murray State University

                                                Murray, Kentucky

 

1999 – 2005                         Assistant Professor, Dept. of Computer Science & Information Systems

                                                Murray State University

                                                Murray, Kentucky

 

1995 – 1999                         Lecturer, Dept. of Computer Science & Information Systems

                                                Murray State University

                                                Murray, Kentucky

 

1983 – 1995                         Tenured Faculty Member, Department of Computer Information Systems            

                                                Westark College (now University of Arkansas at Fort Smith)

                                                Fort Smith, Arkansas

 

                                                Conducted numerous Teacher Training & Business/Industry Workshops

                                                Fort Smith, Arkansas                 Little Rock, Arkansas

Paducah, Kentucky           Calvert City, Kentucky      Murray, Kentucky

 

                                                Consultant Work

                                                Tech-Prep Program for area public schools in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

                                                Development of Business & Industry survey/interviews resulting in analysis and reform of high school and college courses in Arkansas.

                                                Consulting for area schools, attorneys, medical clinics, and corporations.

 

1969 – 1983                            High School Teacher of Mathematics & Computer Science

                                                Niceville, Florida

                                                Pine Bluff, Arkansas

 

Publications  & Presentations:

Improving Comfort Level of Females in the First Computer Programming Course: Suggestions for CS Faculty, Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges 23(4), April 2008.

 

Gender Differences in Types of Assignments Preferred: Implications for Computer Science Instruction, Journal of Educational Computing Research, 34(3), 2006.

 

A Study of Gender-based Differences & Ethnic & Cultural Models in Each of the Computing Sciences  in Collaboration with Xavier University and the National Science Foundation, 2004-2006.

 

 Predictors of Success in Studying Computer Science : International Panel,  SIGCSE (Special Interest Group for Computer Science Education of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)), 2004

 

A Study of Learning Environments Associated with Computer Courses: Can we teach them better?, Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges 20(2), December 2004.

A Study of Factors Promoting Success in Computer Science Including Gender Differences, Computer Science Education Journal, 12(1-2), Summer 2002.

Dissertation: Contributing Factors To Success in Computer Science: A Study of Gender Differences, 2000.

SIGCSE (Special Interest Group for Computer Science Education of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)): Contributing to Success in an Introductory Computer Science Course: A Study of Twelve Factors

ACM Southeast & MidSouth Conferences:  2003 & 2004. presentation of A Study of Learning Environments Associated with Computer Courses: Can we teach them better?

Recruitment Activities:  Presenting Alice to Middle and High School Novices, 2007-2009

Recruitment Presentation for high schools: Computer Science & Information Systems Careers

Annual Reports for College of Business & Public Affairs: Workshop given for college faculty

Ken-Tenn Conference:  Feb. 2003. The Shortage of Women in Computer Science: A Continuing Enigma

 Personal:

Mission work in El Salvador, 2009

Mission work in Guyana, S.A. (1993-2007)

Speaker for Ladies’ conferences/retreats

Member of Seven Oaks church of Christ, Mayfield, Kentucky