By Lee, Eleanor
Black Issues in Higher Education , Vol. 18, No. 23
COMPUTER SCIENCE: (De)Programming Stereotypes
Assistant Professor, Auburn University, Auburn, Ala., Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering
Education: Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Cincinnati; M.S., Computer Science, University of Cincinnati; B.S., Applied Science, Miami University of Ohio
Dr. Juan E. Gilbert has long been accustomed to the surprised looks of freshmen taking his computer science classes at Auburn University in Alabama.
"They're not familiar with many Blacks in a computer science class, much less having a professor who is Black," says Gilbert, who joined the faculty a year and a half ago. The 32-year-old computer scientist had the opportunity, the talent and affinity to pursue his studies in technology. Gilbert now is making a name for himself with his research in instructional technology that is relevant to African American students.
Gilbert's dissertation focused on creating a Web-based tutoring program that adapts to accommodate multiple learning styles. His work is key for the much-touted Institute for African American Eculture (iAAEC), a multidisciplinary group of African American computer scientists, educators and others. …