Dr. Lijun Ni is an assistant professor of computing education in the Department of Educational Theory and Practice at the University at Albany, State University of New York. She earned a Ph.D. degree in Human-Centered Computing in the Learning Sciences & Technology program at Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research interests include computer science education, teacher preparation and professional learning communities, digital literacy and computational thinking, and broadening participation in STEM including computer science.
Funded by the National Science Foundation, Dr. Ni is currently leading two research projects on preparing and supporting computer science teachers. One project collaborates with three urban districts in MA and NY to build a researcher and practitioner partnership to create inclusive, culturally responsive, and sustainable computer science programs serving all students at the middle school level. The other project collaborates with the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) to build the capacity of local CSTA chapters for robust communities of computer science teachers.