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Academic Qualifications

2014 – Bachelor’s plus master’s degree in Computer Engineering. Technical University of Madrid, Spain.

2013 – Courses in Computer Science. Focus on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), as exchange student. Uppsala University, Sweden.

Relevant Work and Professional Experience

  • Phd Student  in Computing Education at the Department of Information Technology (IT)     Sep 2016 – Present Uppsala University (UU), Sweden
  • Visiting Professor at the Computer and Information Science Department    Jan 2016 – May 2016     Gannon University, USA

Undergraduate and graduate level courses, in Programming, Software Engineering and Soft Skills (listed below).

  • Research Assistant at the Department of IT   Jan 2015 – Dec 2015 Uppsala University (UU), Sweden

Projects in Computer Science Education and HCI (relevant listed below).

  • Teaching Assistant at the Department of IT     March 2014 – Present     Uppsala University, Sweden

Undergraduate and graduate level courses, on campus and online, in HCI, Programming, and Computing Education Research (listed below).

  • Consultant for the design of the CEMUS website for Active Student Participation   Nov 2015      Uppsala University, Sweden

Advice on the distribution of the content, including a focus in universal design.

  • Review Panel member of theInternational review panel on e-learning    December 2014 – February 2015 Uppsala University, Sweden

Evaluation of the current status of e-learning at UU and recommendations for the future. Invited by the e2014, the e-learning group at UU. Initiated and supported by the Vice Chancellor of UU.

  • Consultant for the Renewal of the Human Computer Interaction online course

February 2014 – March 2014    Uppsala University, Sweden
Duties included: study and implementation of teaching and assessment techniques used in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), communication with students, course restructuring.

Publications and projects

Virginia Grande (2015). Perspectives on Volunteering for Initiatives for Women in Computing: a Case Study. IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference 2015, Texas, USA.

Virginia Grande and Joachim Parrow (2015). Motivation and Grade Gap Related to Gender in a Programming Course. ITiCSE 2015, Vilnius, Lithuania.

Virginia Grande, Joachim Parrow and Dave Clarke (2015). How do students in introduction to programming courses perceive the programming skills of male and female students? Research project.

Tobias Wrigstad, Dave Clarke, Elias Castegren, Virginia Grande (spring 2015).Enhancing Self­-Regulated Learning Strategies through Achievement-­Driven Learning. Educational development project.

Collaboration with Al Baha University (Feb 2015). Encouragement of female students to pursue postgraduate studies in computing.

Virginia Grande (2014).ColLabWoW: A Tool for Democratic Decision Making in a Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG). Technical University of Madrid, Spain (master thesis).

Teaching experience

At the Department of Information Technology at Uppsala University:

  • Programming, Python and Java, 10 ECTS, in Swedish (Autumn 2016)
  • Computing Education Research, 10 ECTS, in English (Autumn 2015)
  • Programming, Python and Java, 10 ECTS, in Swedish (Autumn 2015)
  • Computing Education Research, 10 ECTS, in English (Autumn 2014)
  • Programming, Python and Java, 10 ECTS, in Swedish (Autumn 2014)
  • Universal Design, 10 ECTS,  in English (Autumn 2014)
  • Human Computer Interaction, online, 5 ECTS, in English (Spring 2014)

At the Computer and Information Science Department at Gannon University:

  • 507 Data Structures, 3 credits, in English (Spring 2016)
  • 512 Object-Oriented Modelling, 3 credits, in English (Spring 2016)
  • 514 Project Management and Requirements, 3 credits, in English (Spring 2016)
  • 302 Professional Seminar, 1 credit, in English (Spring 2016)
  • 303 Leadership Seminar, 1 credit, in English (Spring 2016)

Latest Public Appearances and Events

  • Organizer, speaker, moderator of the 3rd ACM Europe Chapters Workshop August 2016 Prague, Czech Republic
  • Organizer, panelist at Informática Para Tod@s (Informatics for All) ACM-W Celebration of Women In Computing       July 2016 Valencia, Spain
  • Speaker at Inspire 2015 UK ACM-W Celebration of Women in Computing   October 2015 London, UK

Speaker at the UK Celebration of Women in Computing, organized as a kick-off event of the Association for Computing Machinery Women in Computing (ACM-W) national organization.

  • Speaker at  Uppsala University’s Pedagogical Conference      October 2015 Uppsala University, Sweden

Presentation and discussion on the topic of gender related grade gaps: identification of problems and some successful approaches.

  • Organizer, moderator of Panels on Gender and Computing     March 2015, May 2015    Uppsala University, Sweden

Organization and moderation of discussions related to advocating for women in computing, with panelists doing research, development and/or volunteering in the area.

  • Opening speaker at ACM-W Women in Thessaloniki   May 2015 Thessaloniki, Greece

Speaker at the Celebration of Women in Computing organized as a collaboration of several groups dedicated to this cause.

  • Speaker, poster presenter at TUK (UU Science and Technology Pedagogical Conference)    March 2015 Uppsala University, Sweden

Presentation and discussion on the topic of gender related grade gaps: identification of problems and some successful approaches.

  • Panelist  at “Computer Science Education: Today’s Challenges” panel       December 2014 BakuTel 2014, Baku, Azerbaijan

Presentation and discussion of the challenges related to women in computing and computer science. The Azerbaijani government supports this conference yearly and invites international speakers to take part in the event.

  • Speaker at Seminars on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
    • Presentation at ABU3QCE 2015 (Feb 2015, Saudi Arabia)
    • Seminar for the faculty at Uppsala University (Nov 2014, Sweden)
    • Seminar for the faculty of the Department of IT at UU (Nov 2013, Sweden)
  • Organizer, speaker, moderator of the 2nd ACM Europe Chapters Workshop    September 2014 Athens, Greece
  • Volunteer at ITiCSE 2014, Computer Science Education Research conference     June 2014 Uppsala, Sweden

Leadership and management experience

  • Chair of the ACM-W Europe working group on Celebrations of Women in Computing

2016 – Present ACM, USA

Duties included: communicating with conference chairs across Europe, supporting events, creating and implementing a plan for expansion.

  • PhD students representative at the Gender Equality Group of the Department of IT   2016 – Present     Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Conference Chair of womENcourage 2015 Celebration of Women in Computing   2014 – 2015 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), USA

European-wide event (200 attendees) with professionals and students discussing gender and computing and research in the area.

  • European representative at the ACM-W Chapters Committee     2014 – Present ACM, USA

Duties included: foster collaboration between local groups distributed worldwide, advocating for women in computing.

  • Communications and Mentoring Leader at the ACM Council of European Chapter Leaders                 2012 – 2016 ACM, USA

Duties included: communicating with European Chapter Leaders, organizing events, problem solving for issues related to European Chapters.

  • Collaborator at the Gender Equality Group of the Department of IT       2014 – 2015     Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Co-founding member at the Uppsala University ACM-W Student Chapter Uppsala University                                                           2013 – 2015 Uppsala University, Sweden

Duties included: collaboration with the Gender Equity Group at the Department of IT, member and collaborator recruiting, coordination of activities and programs.

  • Chair, Vice Chair, Communications Officer at the Technical University of Madrid ACM Student Chapter                             2009 – 2012 Technical University of Madrid, Spain

Duties included: leadership and representation, activity and member coordination, organization of events.

Program Committee, supervision, and related experience

2016 – Program Committee Chair at Informática Para Tod@s (Informatics for All) ACM-W Celebration of Women In Computing

2015 – Conference Co-Chair of ACM-W Europe womENcourage Celebration of Women in Computing

2015 – Paper session chair at IEEE Frontiers in Education 2015 (2 sessions)

2015 – Reviewer for SIGCSE 2015, conference in Computing Education (paper and workshops)

2015 – Master thesis supervision, Uppsala University. Special Interest Communities: Design for Online Growth.

2015 – Reviewer for the Imperial College Computing Student Workshop 2015 (paper)

Languages

  • English: Fluent
  • Spanish: Native
  • Swedish: Beginner

Awards and scholarships

  • ACM-W Europe Travel Grant                      2014 ACM, USA

One of the 55 travel grant recipients for womENcourage 2014.

  • ACM-W Scholarship Award                        2013 ACM, USA

One of the 10 travel grant recipients (2013). Used to attend CHI2013.

  • Best HTC Campus Ambassador Team       2013 HTC and The Tomorrow Talks, Austria

Awarded Best HTC Campus Ambassador from the 5 participating countries.

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