Research and Evaluation Team

The NCWIT research and evaluation team is comprised of individuals with doctorates in a variety of fields, including education, sociology, communications, and psychology. This team contributes to the NCWIT mission by creating research-based resources to spread awareness and increase motivation for systemic change, by translating existing research into actionable practices, and by conducting original research and evaluation.

Beth Quinn

Beth Quinn, Ph.D.

Dr. Beth Quinn serves as a Senior Research Scientist and Director at the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) at the University of

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Brad McLain

Brad McLain, Ph.D.

Brad McLain is a social scientist who serves as a researcher with NCWIT. He also co-directs the Experiential Science Education Research Collaborative (XSci) at the

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Catherine Ashcraft

Catherine Ashcraft, Ph.D.

Catherine Ashcraft is a Senior Research Scientist with the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research

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Gretchen Achenbach

Dr. Gretchen Achenbach is a Research Scientist with NCWIT and in the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia. Dr. Achenbach works

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Jamie Huber Ward

Jamie Huber Ward is the Associate Director of Extension Services and a social scientist with the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) at

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JeffriAnne Wilder

JeffriAnne Wilder, Ph.D.

Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder is a sociologist and leading scholar specializing in diversity, race relations and women’s empowerment. JeffriAnne works as research faculty at the University of

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Lecia Barker

Lecia Barker, Ph.D.

Lecia Barker is an NCWIT Senior Research Scientist and is an Associate Professor of Information Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In this

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Lyn Swackhamer

Lyn Swackhamer, Ph.D.

Lyn Swackhamer is the Director of Aspirations Evaluation with the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her

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Tim Faiella

Tim Faiella

Tim Faiella is NCWIT’s Social Science Program Manager. He works with staff social scientists and the design team to ensure that electronic and print resources

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Valerie Williams

Valerie L. Williams, Ph.D. is a Senior Research Scientist and Evaluator at the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), where she leads and

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Wendy DuBow

Wendy DuBow, Ph.D.

Wendy DuBow is a Senior Research Scientist and the Director of Evaluation at NCWIT. In her multi-faceted role, Dr. DuBow conducts primary research, creates practical

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Zhen Wu

Dr. Zhen Wu is a research scientist with the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) at the University of Colorado Boulder.  She conducts

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Organizations can join the Academic Alliance to benefit from an exclusive invitation to the annual NCWIT Summit, guidance in applying research-based strategies for creating inclusion, and more. Through the Academic Alliance, mobilize year round alongside faculty, staff, administrators, department heads, and other mentors nationwide working together to create lasting impact.

Individuals can also volunteer through NCWIT outreach and recognition programs. Recognize students for their computing aspirations, honor faculty for their outstanding mentorship, recruit at virtual career fairs and student-focused conferences, and more.

Organizations can join the Academic Alliance to benefit from an exclusive invitation to the annual NCWIT Summit, guidance in applying research-based strategies for creating inclusion, and more. Through the Academic Alliance, mobilize year round alongside faculty, staff, administrators, department heads, and other mentors nationwide working together to create lasting impact.

Individuals can also volunteer through NCWIT outreach and recognition programs. Recognize students for their computing aspirations, honor faculty for their outstanding mentorship, recruit at virtual career fairs and student-focused conferences, and more.

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