Dr. Charles Isbell
Dean of Computing and John P. Imlay Jr. Chair
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia 30332
Term: October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2021
Dr. Charles Isbell has been a leader in education efforts both at Georgia Tech's College of Computing, where he is Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and nationally, where he co-chairs the Computing Research Association's Subcommittee on Education. At Georgia Tech, Dr. Isbell was one of the co-leaders of the Threads reform of the undergraduate computing curriculum. Threads was a successful, comprehensive restructuring of the computing curriculum that provided a cohesive, coordinated set of contexts - or threads - for teaching and learning computing skills. The goal of the redesign was to make computing more inclusive, relevant and exciting for a much broader student audience. Dr. Isbell has won numerous teaching awards.
Most relevant to CEOSE activities, Dr. Isbell has long been a champion of underrepresented students, serving s a mentor and a role model - he received the Modern Day Technology Leader Award (Black Engineer of the Year Award, 2009); he was listed as a Scholar of Note (Black Issues in Higher Education, 2004); and he was listed as one of the 50 Most Important African American Technologists (Soul of Technology, eAccess Corp, 2009). Dr. Isbell is known in the computing community as a committed mentor of young minority faculty.
Dr. Isbell serves on the Georgia Tech Human Resources Diversity Council Steering Committee, the Advisory Board for the Alliance for the Advancement of African American Researchers in Computing and the Executive Committee of the Coalition to Diversify Computing (sponsored by the Computing Research Association, the Association for Computing Machinery and the Association of Computer an Information Science and Engineering Departments at Minority Institutions). He has been a member of the Governing Board of the Institute for African American e-Culture, a panelist for the NSF Workshop on Increasing the Participation of Minorities in the Computing Dicsiplines and a speaker at the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing.