Jennifer Parham-Mocello
Assistant Professor
Kearney Faculty Scholar
Computer Science

2101 Kelley Engineering Center
Corvallis, OR 97331-5501
(541) 737-8895


Postdoctoral Researcher, Engineering and Science Education
Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Doctor of Philosophy, Computer Science
December 2009
Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Master of Science, Computer Science
December 2003
The University of Montana, Missoula, MT

Bachelor of Science, Computer Science
May 1999
Appalachian State University, Boone, NC


Jennifer Parham-Mocello fell in love with computer science while pursuing an undergraduate degree in secondary math education. Since then, her focus turned to computer science education. Immediately after obtaining her bachelor’s in computer science, she became an adjunct instructor at a community college. She subsequently pursued a master’s in computer science, which sparked her interest in how people learn computer science, the best ways to teach computer science, and the higher-order/logical thinking skills needed for computer science. She returned to school for a doctorate focusing on how people solve problems in computer science. Her mission is to improve computer science education through exploratory research and empirical evidence, best teaching practices, and community efforts supporting computational literacy for all.


Research Interests

Computer science education, computational literacy, curriculum development, in-service and pre-service K-12 teacher development, human factors, cognitive development, mental models, problem solving, concept inventories, peer reviews, scientific computing, parallel processing, high-performance computing, virtual classroom environments