Jeria Quesenberry, Teaching Professor of Information Systems and the Associate Dean of Faculty in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, will be the first speaker in the Distinguished IS Lecture series. She will be discussing “Cracking the Digital Ceiling: Women in computing around the world”.
Is computing just for men? Are men and women suited to different careers? In this talk I will present global perspectives that challenge these commonly held western views, perpetuated as explanations for women’s low participation in computing. I will also examine the obstacles and catalysts within various cultures and environments to help those interested in improving the situation understand where they might look to make changes that could impact women’s participation in their classrooms, companies, and administrations.
Jeria is an Teaching Professor of Information Systems and the Associate Dean of Faculty in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research interests are directed at the study of cultural influences on information technology students and professionals, including topics of social inclusion, broadening participation, career values, organizational interventions, and work-life balance. Her 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, and the International Conference on Information System. Jeria teaches in the areas of global systems, social informatics, strategic value of information systems, and web design and development. Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon University, she earned a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Information Sciences and Technology from the Pennsylvania State University and previously worked as a consultant at Accenture. Jeria’s book can be found through: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cracking-the-digital-ceiling-carol-frieze/1130935055