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About Joey

Joey is an assistant professor of Learning, Design, & Technology at North Carolina State University. She was a postdoctoral researcher of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine, and working at Connected Learning Lab.

Coming from a background in educational psychology and computing, her research focuses on computational thinking, educational technology and design, and STEM learning. She hopes to create interesting and inspiring learning environments to promote equity and collaboration in STEM education.

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Ph.D. Indiana University Bloomington,

Major - Learning and Developmental Sciences,
Minor - Inquiry Methodology

M.A. The University of Texas at Austin, Educational Psychology

Current Position 

2023 - present

Assistant Professor 

Learning, Design and Technology 

Department of Teacher Education & Learning Sciences, College of Education 

North Carolina State University 

Research Keywords

computational thinking, collaboration, women in STEM, STEAM education, educational technologies

Honors & Awards

2020 - 2023

Postdoctoral Supplement Award

Supplemental Funding for Postdoctoral Researchers to Mitigate COVID-19 Impacts on Research Career Progression 

2022, NSF

ReCrafting Computer Science: Concretizing Computational Thinking Through Tangible Fiber Crafts ($1.5 million)

2021, NSF

Future Jobs and AI: Skill-XR: An Affordable and Scalable X-Reality (XR) Platform for Skills Training and Analytics in Manufacturing Workforce Education ($5 million)

2020, NSF

2014 - 2019

Early Career Workshop International Conference on Computers in Education


Provost’s Travel Award for Women in Science

2018 - 2019, IUB

Trentham Travel Fund

2018 - 2019, IUB

Center for Research on Learning and Technology Travel Award

2014 - 2019, IUB

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) Award for Research Method Collaboration

2018, Center for Survey Research, IUB                                                   

Best Student Paper Award, American Educational Research Association (AERA) 

2016, Annual Meeting Media, Culture and Learning (MCL) SIG

2008 - 2014

Government Scholarship to Study Abroad (GSSA)

2014, Taiwan

2013, IUB

Proffitt Fellowship

2008, National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan 

Champion in Teaching Materials Design

Professional Affiliations

2019 - Present

Member: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Member: Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE)

2013 - Present

Member: American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Learning Sciences Special Interest Group (SIG LS) 
Member: International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)

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