Colleen Lewis is an Associate Professor of computer science (CS) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Lewis was previously the McGregor-Girand Associate Professor of CS at Harvey Mudd College. At the University of California, Berkeley, Lewis completed a PhD in science and mathematics education, an MS in computer science, and a BS in electrical engineering and computer science. Her research seeks to identify and remove barriers to CS learning and understand and optimize CS learning. Lewis curates, a NSF-sponsored project for disseminating effective CS teaching practices. Lewis has received the NSF CAREER Award, the Undergraduate Mentoring Award and the Emerging Leader Award for her efforts to broaden participation in computing.


  • Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – 2021 – present
  • Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – 2020 – 2021
  • Teaching Faculty at the Race and Equity Center, USC Rossier School of Education – 2018 – present
  • McGregor-Girand Associate Professor of CS, Harvey Mudd College – 2018 – 2020
  • Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Harvey Mudd College – 2012 – 2018


  • University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D. in Science and Mathematics Education – 2012
  • University of California, Berkeley, M.S. in Computer Science – 2009
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.S. in Electrical Eng. & Computer Science – 2005

Download Colleen’s CV (updated May 2024).