Jeria L. Quesenberry, Ph.D. is a Teaching Professor in the Information Systems Program in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. During my time at Carnegie Mellon, I have taught approximately 1,100+ individual students, advised over 65 semester-long student projects, and offered nine different courses across all levels of the program from first-year through senior year and at the graduate level. In 2014, I was honored to receive the Elliott Dunlap Smith Award for Distinguished Teaching and Educational Service.
My research interests complement and support my teaching interests. They are directed at the study of organizational and societal influences on information systems work and the workforce. Specifically, I am interested in understanding the demands and motivations of information systems human capital and how these professionals react to their workplace environment, administrative structures, technologies and policies that accommodate them. My work has appeared in many leading journals and conferences including the Information Systems Journal, European Journal on Information Systems, Data Base for Advance in Information Systems, the International Conference on Information Systems, and she received the Journal of Global Information Management Outstanding Published Article of 2008.
Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon, I earned a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Information Sciences and Technology from the Pennsylvania State University. My dissertation research was aimed at the investigation of organizational climate and career values of female information technology professionals. Prior to graduate school, I worked as a systems integration consultant at Accenture for multiple Department of Defense clients including the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
Cracking the Digital Ceiling: Global Views of Women in Computing which I co-edited with Carol Frieze, the Director of Women@SCS and will be published by Cambridge University Press in late 2019. The book is an edited collection of global perspectives that challenge commonly held western views and stereotypes about women in computing. The central thesis of the book is that a focus on environmental factors, rather than innate potential, is necessary in order to understand women’s participation in the computing field. The book makes several contributions to research and practice. Read the book
In 2015, Carol Frieze and I co-authored a book entitled Kicking Butt in Computer Science: Women in Computing at Carnegie Mellon University. In the book, we explore how computer science curriculums can enable women’s successful participation without becoming “pink” or “female friendly.” We provide results and interventions from a 15-year longitudinal study of students in the computer science major at Carnegie Mellon. Read the book