Colleen M. Lewis
Colleen M. Lewis
Associate Professor
(217) 244-8891
3106 Siebel Center for Comp Sci

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  • University of California, Berkeley, B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science - 2005
  • University of California, Berkeley, M.S. in Computer Science - 2009
  • University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D. in Science and Mathematics Education - 2012


Colleen Lewis is an Associate Professor of computer science (CS) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Lewis was previously the McGregor-Girand Associate Professor of CS at  Harvey Mudd College. At the University of California, Berkeley, Lewis completed a PhD in science and mathematics education, an MS in computer science, and a BS in electrical engineering and computer science. Her research seeks to identify and remove barriers to CS learning and understand and optimize CS learning. Lewis curates, a NSF-sponsored project for disseminating effective CS teaching practices. Lewis has received the NSF CAREER Award, the Undergraduate Mentoring Award and the Emerging Leader Award for her efforts to broaden participation in computing. 

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Harvey Mudd College - 2012-2018
  • McGregor-Girand Associate Professor of Computer Science, Harvey Mudd College - 2018-2020
  • Teaching Faculty at the Race and Equity Center, USC Rossier School of Education - 2018-present
  • Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - 2020-2021
  • Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - 2021-present

Research Interests

  • Broadening Participation in Computing
  • Computer Science Education

Research Areas

Recent Courses Taught

  • CS 105 - Intro Computing: Non-Tech
  • CS 199 CA1 (CS 199 CA2, CS 199 CA3, CS 199 CAL, CS 199 CAO, CS 199 CL1, CS 199 CL2, CS 199 CL3, CS 199 LCA, CS 199 OCA) - CA Training
  • CS 491 EIT - Intro to Inclusive Terminology
  • CS 500 - Topics in Comp Ed Rsrch
  • CS 591 CED (CS 591 DEI) - Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • CS 598 CCE - Conceptual Change in CS Edu.
  • ENG 591 DEI - Diversity & Inclusion Service