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

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  Associate Professor in the School Computer Science at the University of Oklahoma and an Adjunct Associate 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.

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 Comissioner, ABET, Inc, 2012-2017
Founding member of the Sooner Engineering Education Center (SEED).
Founding member of the Research Institute for STEM Education (RISE).


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.
K20 GEAR UP for the PROMISE (Promoting Readiness through Opportunities that Motivate and Increase Student Expectations), U.S. Department of Education, 9/26/11-9/25/18, Scott Wilson, Deborah Trytten, Gregg Garn, Linda Atkinson, Leslie Williams, $26,700,000.
K20 Pathways to SUCCESS (Sowing University and College Connections Early in Student's Studies) (Gear-Up), U.S. Department of Education, 7/15/2008-7/14/2015.Scott Wilson, Deborah Trytten, Jean Cate, Tim Laubach, Linda Atkinson, $16,700,000.

“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).
Valerie Barr and Deborah Trytten, Using Turing’s Craft CodeLab to Support CS1 Students as They Learn to Program, ACM Inroads, June 2016, 7(2), pages 67-75.
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.
Deborah Trytten, Rui Pan, Cindy Foor, Randa Shehab, Susan Walden, Inclusion or Exclusion? The Impact of the Intersection of Team Culture, Student Identity, and Pathway on Team Diversity, 2015 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Seattle, Washington: American Society for Engineering Education, June 2015.