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TEACHING University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC)      1996 - present - Permanent Lecturer in Computer Science.
- Director of Undergraduate Recruiting in Computer Science
  • Simon Outstanding Teacher Award '07 (UIC College of Engineering , also nominated '03, '04)
  • Faculty Teaching Award '06 ( UIC College of Engineering)
  • Teaching Recognition Program Award (UIC campus-wide), 05
  • Silver Circle Award for Excellence in Teaching, '04. (UIC campus-wide, nominations in '98,'02,'03)
  • Who's Who in America 's Teachers


  • Recruiting presentations to over 2,000 High School students, in groups of ~30
  • Coordinated departmental community-building activities: annual scavenger hunt, Stump-the-Profs
  • Managed development and printing of departmental brochure.

Loyola University Chicago      1990 - 1995 - Assistant Professor in Computer Science. Northwestern University       1986 - 1988 - Instructor of Computer Science
- Teacher's Assistant: Named "Teacher's Assistant of the Year" in 1988.
Courses: Designed and taught graduate and undergraduate courses including: Software Design (Java, C++, X-Windows), Artificial Intelligence (PROLOG, LISP), Operating Systems, Architecture, Introductory Programming, Programming Languages, Data Structures, Assembly Language Programming, Computer Literacy, Computer Ethics, Technical Public Speaking, many with a strong web-based component.
Ph.D. in Computer Science     December 1995
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Dissertation Title: An Assistant for Perceptual Tasks using Exemplar-based Learning.
Introduces paradigm using computer as a perceptual tool to make expert equalization adjustments to affect musical timbres. Implemented a working prototype.

M.S. in Computer Science      May 1987
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Recipient of a Walter P. Murphy Fellowship. Emphasis on Artificial Intelligence, Computer Architecture, and Automata Theory.
Thesis Title: A Rule-Based Inductive Learning System. Applied work to Othello game playing.

Bachelor of Arts     May 1984
North Park College, Chicago, IL
Double Major in English and Computer Science in 3 years.

RESEARCH INTERESTS CS Education, Web-based Educational Technology, Human Computer Interaction


CS Scholars, National Science Foundation (NSF DUE SSTEM)     2010 - 2014 4 year $598K grant to recruit and offer undergraduate scholarships to Chicago-area CS students in traditionally underrepresented groups. Co-PI, wrote proposal, created promotional material, recruited students, providing on-going support.IMPACTS, National Science Foundation (NSF EHR/HRD BPC-A)     2008 - 2010 Improving Metropolitan Participation to Accelerate Collaborative Computing Throughput and Success (IMPACTS)
18 month $60K grant to create and deliver CS interest-generating presentations at Chicago area High Schools. PI of UIC portion of collaborative research with Loyola (lead), IIT, UIUC.
C++ For Example (pdf), National Science Foundation (NSF EHR/DUE CCLI-EMD)     2002 - 2003 Two year $75K grant to develop a comprehensive set of examples along with an intuitive web-based interface for use by students in an introductory programming class.Web Science Curriculum Filter/Editor, National Science Foundation (NSF EHR/DGE PFSMETE)     2000 - 2001 Third year $50K grant following the NSF PFSMETE fellowship described below. Developed a web page annotator/filter for use in collaborative web-based curriculum design. Research Fellow (pdf), National Science Foundation (NSF EHR/DGE PFSMETE)     1998 - 2000 PFSMETE (Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology Education).
Developed intelligent indexing tools for educational use on the Internet Created a web-based Personal Information Manager (PIM). $100K over two years. Worked with the NSF Center for Learning Technologies in Urban Schools (LeTUS) at Northwestern University's School of Education.
Principal Investigator, Project Director (pdf), National Science Foundation (NSF EHR/HRD SSC)     1992 -1996 Loyola / Aspira Summer Science Camp
Responsible for curriculum design, primary instruction, and recruitment, selection, training, and oversight for a yearly staff of 8.This $120K ($80K 92-95, $40K 96) grant was a Bilingual (English/Spanish) intensive six-week full-time study and lab introduction to Computer Science hardware and software for 100 Latino middle school students. It included material normally not encountered until University-level Engineering courses and was an incentive for students to enter math & science based careers. Program resulted in increased interest in science, engineering and math careers for 90% of participants.It was the only program of its kind in the United States.
Co-Principal Investigator, Department of Energy (DOE)     1991 -1995 Loyola / Aspira Pre-Freshman Engineering Program
This $80K grant ($40K 91-93, $40K 93-95) was the motivation for the above-mentioned NSF grant. It achieved national recognition and served as a model for new NSF & DOE grants, with a direct impact on 134 student participants.Provided training for Chicago Public Schools teachers.
Faculty Associate, National Science Foundation (NSF)     1989 -1991 Loyola/NSF Young Scholars Program
Taught one section of the Summer component of this grant for outstanding Chicago-area high school students, as well as an Artificial Intelligence seminar presented once a week for five weeks.
Miscellaneous     1992 - 1993 Received $6K from Kraft and $9K from the Chicago Public Schools for computer equipment and curriculum development to enhance the above DOE and NSF programs


"CFX: Finding Just the Right Examples for CS1" [378K .doc] [7.1M pdf]  Experience the demo Dale Reed, Sam John, Ryan Aviles, Feihong Hsu
ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), Norfolk, Virginia, Mar. 2004.
"Web Annotator" Dale Reed and Sam John
ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), Reno, Feb. 2003.
"Lecturer - An Alternative to the Tenure Track" John T. Bell, Ann Ford, Vladimir Goncharoff, Susan Montgomery, Dale Reed, Cathleen Theys, and Patrick A. Troy,
Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference (ASEE), Montreal Canada, June 2002.
"Capturing Perceptual Expertise: A Sound Equalization Expert System " Knowledge-Based Systems, Elsevier Press. Vol 14:1-2, March 2001, pp. 111-118. "A Perceptual Assistant to do Sound Equalization" International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI 2000), New Orleans, Jan. 2000. "Web Page Annotator" Dale Reed and Sirisha Garapati
International Conference on Technology and Education (ICTE): Tampa, Mar. 2000.
"Intelligent Indexing" Dale Reed and Rahul Matta
International Conference on Technology and Education (ICTE): Tampa, Mar. 2000.
"Building a Railroad Switching Yard Controller: Digital Electronics as an Educational Tool" The Intl. Conference on Technology and Education (ICTE): New Orleans, Mar. 1996."Bilingual Technology Education for Middle School Students"
Dale Reed and Eric Hamilton
The Intl. Conference on Technology and Education (ICTE): M.I.T., Mar. 1993.
"Loyola / Aspira PREP: A Bilingual Educational Program" Frontiers in Education (FIE 92): Nashville, TN, Nov. 1992."A Perceptual Assistant" Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Symposium (FLAIRS): Cocoa Beach, FL, Mar. 1991.


Research Scientist, Odesta Corporation     1989 -1990 Applying Machine Learning Techniques to find non-linear relationships in large real world databases. Responsibilities include User Interfaces, Data Analysis, and Client Meetings.
Knowledge Engineer
, Black Bear Inc.     1987 - 1988 Researched and implemented a stock-market forecasting Expert System for a Chicago Board of Options Exchange trading company. Used learning and knowledge- representation techniques developed during my thesis research.
Systems Quality Assurance Analyst
     1984 -1985 Pansophic Systems, Naperville, IL - Designed and executed quality test programs for system software under multiple mainframe operating environments. - Developed methodology and performed product evaluations of PC software, submitting recommendations for decision-making in acquiring new companies.
Self-employed, Mexico City, Mexico     1979 - 1981 Operated a wholesale bakery business selling to bakeries and restaurants.