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Deborah Trytten of the School of Computer Science

Deborah Trytten

Phone:  (405) 325-4299 | Office:  DEH 252


PhD, Computer Science, Michigan State University
MS, Computer Science, Michigan State University
MS, Applied Mathematics, Michigan State University
BA, Physics and Mathematics, Albion College

Professor, University of Oklahoma
Acting Associate Director and Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma
Interim Director and Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma
Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma
Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma
Visiting Researcher, Universite de Technologie de Compiegne
Instructor of Mathematics, William Penn College


Qualitative research in engineering education focusing on structural barriers to members of excluded identity groups (women, racial/ethnic minorities, first generation college students, students with disabilities, members of sexual and/or gender identity minorities, etc.), and research in teaching introductory programming classes.


Dr. Deborah A. Trytten a President’s Associates Presidential Professor and Professor in the School Computer Science at the University of Oklahoma and an Adjunct Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies. She received a BA in physics and mathematics from Albion College. She has MS degrees in both applied mathematics and computer science, and a PhD in computer science from Michigan State University. Dr. Trytten's current research interests include analyzing the social construction of gender and ethnic/racial diversity in engineering education and undergraduate education in computer science. Dr. Trytten has authored papers in venues including the Journal of Engineering Education, the Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education, the American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition,  and the Frontiers in Education Conference. She has been an investigator on more than thirty grants and contracts from the NSF, the United States Department of Education, and several state agencies.


Gallogly College of Engineering Pursuit of Excellence Faculty Award, 2022
Ronald J. Schmitz Award for Outstanding Service to the Frontiers in Education Conference, 2021
President’s Associates Presidential Professor 2015.
William Elgin Wickenden Award, American Society for Engineering Education, 2012
Board of Regents Superior Teaching Award 2011.
Teaching Scholars Award, College of Engineering, 2010
OU Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award, 2009.
Computing Accreditation Commissioner, ABET, Inc, 2012-2017
Founding member of the Sooner Engineering Education Center (SEED).
Founding member of the Research Institute for STEM Education (RISE).


Computer Science Indigenous Community of Learners United to Develop, Excel, and Succeed (CS INCLUDES), National Science Foundation, 10/1/2021-9/30/2026, with Heather Shotton, Natalie Youngbull, Deborah Moore-Russo, Randa Shehab, Dean Hougen and Casey Haskins, $1, 498,943.

Collaborative Research: Research in Improving Computational Thinking in the Formation of Engineers, a Multi-Institution Initiative, National Science Foundation, 9/1/2019-8/31/2022, with Noemi Mendoza Diaz and Russ Meier, $63,474.

The Privilege of Student, Experiential Learning, Engineering Competition Teams (SELECT), National Science Foundation, 9/15/11-9/14/15, Susan Walden, Cynthia Foor, Deborah Trytten and Randa Shehab, $1,497,843.


“Introductory Programming Courses with Computational Thinking: The Impact of Educational Privilege and Engineering Major Policy on Student Pathways,” Frontiers in Engineering Education Conference, October 2022 (with Noemi Mendoza Diaz and Russ Meier).

“Hidden Programming Privilege: Computational Thinking in First-Year Engineering Experience,” Collaborative Network for Computing and Engineering Diversity (CoNECD) Conference, January 2022 (with Noemi Mendoza Diaz, Russ Meier, and Janie Moore).

“I wish that I belonged more in this whole engineering group’: Achieving Individual Diversity,” Journal of Engineering Education, April 2007 (with Susan Walden and Cynthia Foor).

Deborah Trytten, Anna Wong Lowe, and Susan Walden, “Asians are good at math. What an awful stereotype:” The Model Minority Stereotype's Impact on Asian and Asian American Engineering Students, Journal of Engineering Education, 101(3) July 2012, pp 439-468.