steve003.jpg Stephen Cooper

Executive Director, Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management
Chancellor's Professor
Professor, School of Computing
Professor (by courtesy), Teaching, Learning & Teacher Education


Ph.D., Computer Science, Syracuse University
M.S., Computer Science, Syracuse University
B.A., Mathematics and Chemistry, Cornell University


Brief bio

Steve comes to Nebraska from the Computer Science Department at Stanford University (where he also held a courtesy appointment in the School of Education). His research areas lie in computer science education, with particular interests in program visualization and in trying to understand how students learn to program. He is most well-known for his work with Alice and developing Alice-related curricular materials. Along with Wanda Dann and the late Randy Pausch, he has written many technical papers on Alice, as well as two texts, Learning to Program with Alice (2012, Prentice-Hall) and Exploring Wonderland (2010, Prentice-Hall). The latter text, which includes Barbara Ericson as a co-author, integrates Alice and Media Computation into a single CS1 course. From 2007-2009, Steve worked in NSF's Division of Undergraduate Education, within its Education and Human Resources Directorate. There, he worked as a program manager, and worked on the CCLI, ATE, NSDL, SFS, and S-STEM programs.

It is probably best to check Google Scholar or the ACM Digital Library for the most recent list of his publications. Please send an e-mail if a paper is not available.

The Teaching, Learning & Teacher Education (TLTE) department's Innovative Learning Technologies group maintains a site for students interested in pursuing Masters and Doctoral degrees.

PhD students

Current: Former:

Fall term, 2021 - 2022

Phone: 402-472-5560
Office: Kauffman 123
            University of Nebraska-Lincoln
            Lincoln, NE 68588-0690

email: stephen.cooper "at" unl "dot" edu
RAIK 163 - Innovation Processes.
See Canvas (UNL login required) for details.
Office Hours:
By appointment. Please e-mail to set up a time to meet.

Research projects

Department of CSE, University of Nebraska - Lincoln