Rita Powell

Rita Powell Profile Photo
University of Pennsylvania
Director of Diversity and Belonging, Computer and Information Science Department

Education: Ed.D. Higher Education Management, University of Pennsylvania

Areas of Expertise: Recruiting and retaining women in computer science and engineering, qualitative research methods, grant writing, program development, and teacher education.

Dr. Rita M. Powell earned her Ed.D. in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005. Her thesis, “Sundials in the Shade: a Study of Women’s Persistence in the First Year of an Undergraduate Computer Science Program in a Selective University,” took a qualitative, ethnographic approach to investigating women’s experiences, satisfaction, and persistence in the computer science major. Dr. Powell conducts research in computer science education through the development and implementation of initiatives to enhance student learning, as well as outreach programs to recruit women and underrepresented minorities into the computer science major.

Other Profiles you might like

Matt Muchna

Matt Muchna

As the Membership Coordinator, Matt (he/him) is the key point of contact for NCWIT’s Academic Alliance and supports 2,600+ individual members and 650+ post-secondary institutions

Read More »
Travis Tatum Profile Photo

Travis Tatum

Education: Ph.D. Social Psychology, University of Michigan Areas of Expertise: Research and evaluation around discussions about identity and social justice within academic settings. Dr. Travis Tatum is

Read More »
Michelle Slattery Profile Photo

Michelle Slattery

Education: M.A. Applied Behavioral Sciences (Human Factors), Wright State University Areas of Expertise: Research and evaluation of STEM programs and grants using qualitative and quantitative methods, strategic

Read More »
Rebecca Lowe Profile Photo

Rebecca Lowe

Education: Ph.D. Educational Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Areas of Expertise: STEM evaluation training focused on underrepresented minorities. Dr. Rebecca Lowe received a Ph.D.

Read More »
Scroll to Top