CEOHP collection summaries: Andrea Lawrence

Andrea Lawrence

Location(s) where grew up: Atlanta, GA USA

Location(s) for post-secondary education: B.S. Mathematics from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN USA (1970); graduate courses toward a teaching certificate from University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, OH USA; M.S. Computer Science and Science from Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA USA (1985); Ph.D. Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA, USA (1993)

Location(s) where employed: High school substitute teacher in Cincinnati, OH USA; Computer literacy coordinator, lecturer, assistant professor, associate professor, and chair of the Computer Science Department at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA USA

Career stage when interviewed: Department chair of the Department of Computer Science at Spelman College and associate professor of computer science in the same department

Areas of interest: Human computer interaction, particularly using computer animations to teach computer algorithms; special teaching interests include artificial intelligence, programming languages, human computer interaction, and beginning programming

Highlights: Director of the Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP); director of a NASA USAR Grant to increase exposure of minority women to research at an undergraduate level; GE PAC Grant to increase participation of African-American women in mathematical and academic careers; past president of the Association of Departments of Computer Science/Engineering at Minority Institution (ADMI)

Interviewed November 6, 2007 by Barbara Boucher Owens