Department of Computer Science and the College
Diana Franklin’s research interests include computing education, architecture involving novel technologies, and ethnic and gender diversity in computing. She explores how to create curriculum and development environments that can reach a broad spectrum of learners, including underrepresented ethnic and gender minorities and students struggling academically.
Franklin leads five projects in computer science education involving students in pre-K through university. She is the director of computer science education at UChicago STEM Education and the lead primary investigator of quantum computing education for EPiQC, a National Science Foundation Expedition in Computing. She is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, the National Center for Women & Information Technology Faculty Undergraduate Mentoring Award, four teaching awards, three best paper awards (International Computing Education Research Conference, International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, and International Conference on Computing Frontiers), and an honorable mention from the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. She is also the author of A Practical Guide to Gender Diversity for Computer Science Faculty (Morgan & Claypool, 2013).
Franklin received her PhD in computer science from the University of California, Davis. She was an associate professor at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, tenured teaching faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and, most recently, a research associate professor at the University of Chicago.