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Research

Research Interests

My research focuses on human, societal, and educational factors involved in the field of computing. The goal of my research is to study and address these factors as they relate to technology, and develop and employ solutions that are computational, empirical, or theoretical. My primary areas of interests are human-computer interaction, social computing, and computer science education.

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Funded Research Grants & Awards

  1. Funding Agency: National Science Foundation; Project Title: Collaborative Research: BPC-AE: STARS: Catalyzing Action-Oriented Academic Communities for Broadening Participation in Computing; Date Submitted: 6/11/2021; Date Awarded: 8/26/2021; Role on Proposal: Co-Principal Investigator; Amount Awarded for Project$3,000,000 (over 3 years); Amount Awarded for my particular project$171,094.00 (over 3 years)
     

  2. Funding Agency: National Science Foundation; Project Title: Targeted Infusion Project: Infusing Learning Initiatives for Improving the Programming Proficiency of Computer Science Majors at Morgan State University (a Multi-Year Initiative); Date Submitted: 11/26/19; Date Awarded: 6/29/2020; Role on Proposal: Principal Investigator;   Amount Awarded for Project: $399,636.00 (over 3 years)
     

  3. Funding Agency: National Science Foundation; Project Title: Targeted Infusion Project: Infusing Learning Initiatives for Improving the Programming Proficiency of Computer Science Majors at Morgan State University; Date Submitted: 11/26/18; Date Awarded: 7/15/19; Role on Proposal: Principal Investigator; Amount Awarded for Project: $150,000 (over 1 year)
     

  4. Funding Agency: Maryland Pre-Service Computer Science Teacher Education Program; Project Title: Making Computational Thinking Accessible to Diverse Student Populations (MCAD); Date Submitted: 3/15/19; Date Awarded: 4/15/19; Role on Proposal: Co-Principal Investigator; Amount Awarded: $50,000 (over 2 years)
     

  5. Funding Organization: NSF Vision Fellow Award; Date Awarded: 4/27/2021; Amount Awarded: $25,000.00 (over 2 years)
     

  6. Funding Organization: Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates (CREU) – Computing Research Association – Women (CRA-W); Project Title: Developing Innovative Technology to Promote Co-Production Between Students and Campus Law-Enforcement; Date Submitted: 5/29/18; Date Awarded: 8/2/18; Amount Awarded for Project: $10,500.00 (over 1 year)

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Selected Publications

*Indicates Morgan State student(s) who coauthored publications with Dr. Dillon.

Publications - Journals, Conference Proceedings, Book Chapters, & Magazines

  1. Williams K L, Dillon E, Carter S, Jones J, and Melchior S. (2023). CS=Me: Exploring Factors that Shape Black Women’s CS Identity at the Intersections of Race and Gender. Accepted for publication in the Transactions on Computing Education, ACM.
     

  2. *Field, R, Dillon E, & *Fuller S J. (2023). Surveying the Importance of Integrating Technical Interviews into Computer Science Curriculums and Increasing Awareness in the Academy. In 2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition. Accepted for publication in the 2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, IEEE.
     

  3. Dillon E, *Dina A, *McMichael M, *Wimberly Jr. T, *Brown L, & *Williams K L. (2023). Exposing Early CS Majors to Technical Interview Practices in the Form of Group-Based Whiteboard Problem Solving Activities. Accepted for publication in the 2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, IEEE.
     

  4. Dillon E, *Wimberly Jr, T, *McMichael M, *Brown L, *Dina A, & Williams K L. (2023). Examining Psychological and Social Factors That Impact the Experiences and Representation of Black Women in Computer Science (A Case Study). Accepted for publication in the 2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, IEEE. 
     

  5. Dillon E, Williams K L, *Fuller S, *Djapa E, *Dina A, *Wilridge M, and *Rogers C. (2022). “Exploring the Impact of Student Learning and Programming Pedagogy while Adjusting to COVID- 19 (An HBCU Case Study).” In 2022 International Conference on Computational Science and Computational Intelligence (CSCI), IEEE, 2022, pp. 1983-1987.
     

  6. Dillon E, *Williams B, *Ajayi A, *Bright Z, *Kimble-Brown Q, *Rogers C, *Lewis M, *Esema J, *Clinkscale B, and Williams K L. (2021). “Evaluating Face-to-Face vs. Virtual Pedagogical Coding Review Sessions in the CS classroom: An HBCU Case Study.” 2021 Conference on Research in Equitable and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology (RESPECT), IEEE, 2021, pp. 1-5.
     

  7. Dillon E, *Williams B, *Ajayi A, *Bright Z, *Kimble-Brown Q, *Rogers C, *Lewis M, *Esema J, *Clinkscale B, and Williams K L. (2021). “Exposing Early CS Majors to Coding Interview Practices: An HBCU Case Study.” 2021 Conference on Research in Equitable and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology (RESPECT), IEEE, 2021, pp. 1-4.
     

  8. Dillon E, Williams K L. (2020). “Course Content as a Tool of Inclusivity for Black/AfricanAmerican Women in Computing.” Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges 36(3), pp. 151-160. 
     

  9. Kowalski R, Dillon E, Macbeth J, Franci M, *Bush M. (2020). “Racial Differences in Cyberbullying from the Perspective of Victims and Perpetrators.” Journal of Orthopsychiatry 90(5), pp. 644–652.
     

  10. Osias J, Partlow L, and Dillon E. (2018). “Using Mobile Application Development and 3-D Modeling to Encourage Minority Male Interest in Computing and Engineering.” Transactions on Education, IEEE, Vol. 61(4), pp. 1-7. 
     

  11. Dillon E, Williams B, Kang S, Gilbert J, Brinkley J, and Moon D. (2017). “Bridging the Safety Divide through Technology to Improve the Partnership between Students and Campus Law-Enforcement: An ‘App’ Opportunity.” In J.D. Ward (Eds.), Policing and Race in America: Economic, Political, and Social Dynamics, Lexington Books, pp. 207-219. 
     

  12. Liu L, Dillon E, and Zhang J. (2017). “Finding a Holistic Design for Elderly People to Type on Smartphones.” Presented at the ACM 10th International Conference on Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA 2017), Rhodes, Greece, pp. 91-95.

Refereed Abstracts

  1. Dillon E, Washington P*, Nosiri C*, Mehravaran S, Apata J, Barsha R, Sheikhattari P. (2020). Digitizing a smoking cessation intervention for underserved populations; The CEASE Today Smoking Cessation Program. To be presented at the 2020 American Public Health Association Meeting and Expo (Virtual).
     

  2. Dillon E, Williams K. L. (2020). Connecting with Computing: Exploring Black/African-American Women’s People-Centered Interests in Computing Sciences. Presented at the 2020 Conference on Research on Equity & Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, & Technology (RESPECT), Portland, OR.
     

  3. Sheikhattari P, Apata J, Dillon E, Mehravaran S. (2019). Digitizing a Community-Based Smoking Cessation Intervention. Presented at the 2019 Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Conference, Bethesda, MD.
     

  4. Elias J*, Thompson S* , Mooney K*, Gatobu J*, and Dillon E. (2019) “Developing Innovative Technology to Promote Co-Production Between Students and Campus-Law Enforcement.” Presented as a poster at the 26th Annual Undergraduate and Graduate Research Symposium. Baltimore, MD.
     

  5. Franchi M, Kowalski R, Dillon E, Macbeth J, and Bush M*. (2018). Race/ethnicity and cyberbullying victimization and perpetration. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists, Raleigh, NC.
     

  6. Dillon E, Page X, and Wisniewski P. (2018). Is Breaking Up Hard To Do?: Managing Relationship Boundaries on Social Networking Sites. In Proceedings of the 2018 ACM Conference on Supporting Groupwork (GROUP '18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 132-135.

Student-Based Refereed Abstracts (under my mentorship)

  1. Lewis M, Ajayi A, Kimble-Brown Q, and Williams B. (2021). “Exploring the Impact of Exposing Coding Interview Practices to Early CS majors.” In Proceedings of the 52nd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE 2021). Virtual Conference.
     

  2. Olumese J, Rogers C, Conteh D, and Whitaker M. (2020). “Exploring the Use of Coding Reviews in Early Programming Courses to Gauge Student Learning.” In proceedings of the 51st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE 2020). Portland, OR. 
     

  3. Cooper S, Clinkscale B, Williams B, and Lewis M. (2020). “Exploring the Impact of Exposing CS Majors to Programming Concepts using IDE Programming vs. non-IDE Programming in the Classroom.” In proceedings of the 51st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE 2020). Portland, OR.

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