Mark Guzdial

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Mark Guzdial
Mark Joseph Guzdial

(1962-09-07) September 7, 1962 (age 58)
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma mater
Known for
Scientific career
ThesisEmile: Software-Realized Scaffolding for Science Learners Programming Multiple Media (1993)
Doctoral advisorElliot Soloway[3]

Mark Joseph Guzdial (born September 7, 1962) is a Professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan.[4] He was formerly a professor in the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology affiliated with the College of Computing and the GVU Center. He is best known for his research in the fields of computer science education and the learning sciences and internationally in the field of Information Technology. From 2001–2003, he was selected to be an ACM Distinguished Lecturer, and in 2007 he was appointed Vice-Chair of the ACM Education Board Council. He was the original developer of the CoWeb (or Swiki), one of the earliest wiki engines, which was implemented in Squeak and has been in use at institutions of higher education since 1998.[5] He is the inventor[citation needed] of the Media Computation approach to learning introductory computing, which uses contextualized computing education to attract and retain students.[2][6][7][8][9][10]


Mark Guzdial was born in Michigan and attended Wayne State University for his undergraduate studies, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science in 1984. He received a master's degree in 1986 in Computer Science and Engineering at Wayne State University. Guzdial went on to receive a Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in 1993 in Computer Science and Education where he was advised by Elliot Soloway. His thesis created an environment for high school science learners to program multimedia demonstrations and physics simulations.[1] After graduating from the University of Michigan, Guzdial accepted a position as an assistant professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Computing. In 2018, he became a full professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan.

Research and teaching[edit]

Guzdial's research projects include Media Computation, an approach that emphasizes context in computer science education, using programming languages, lectures examples, and programming assignments from those contexts that students recognize as being authentic and relevant for computing.[11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20]

His Media Computation course has been taught at Georgia Tech since 2003 and has shown increases in computing across underrepresented groups, including women and minorities.[21][22] Guzdial's Media Computation curriculum is being used at universities across the country. He received a grant from the National Science Foundation in 2006 to pursue his “Using Media Computation to Attract and Retain Students in Computing” curriculum.[23]

He has published dozens of scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals and has given invited presentations at academic conferences such as SIGCSE and ICER. He is a member of numerous academic journals and professional societies, including IEEE, ACM, and AERA.[24]

Guzdial was Director of Undergraduate Programs at Georgia Tech (including the BS in Computer Science, BS in Computational Media, and Minor in Computer Science) until 2007. He was Lead Principal Investigator on Georgia Computes, a National Science Foundation Broadening Participation in Computing alliance focused on increasing the number and diversity of computing students in the state of Georgia.[25]


His publications include:

  • 2015 Learner-Centered Design of Computing Education: Research on Computing for Everyone (Synthesis Lectures on Human-Centered Informatics).
  • 2006. Introduction to Computing and Programming with Java: A Multimedia Approach. (with Barbara Ericson)
  • 2004. Introduction to Computing and Programming in Python: A Multimedia Approach.
  • 2001. Squeak: Open Personal Computing and Multimedia. (with Kim Rose)
  • 2000. Squeak: Object-Oriented Design with Multimedia Applications.

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2010, Guzdial was awarded the Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award "for [his] contributions to computing education, through the Media Computation (MediaComp) approach that they have created, supported, and disseminated, and its impact on broadening participation in computing."[26] In 2012, he received the IEEE Computer Science and Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award "for outstanding and sustained excellence in computing education through innovative teaching, mentoring, inventive course development, and knowledge dissemination."[27] In 2014, Guzdial was elected a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery "for contributions to computing education, and broadening participation."[28] In 2019, Guzdial was awarded the ACM SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education at the 50th SIGCSE Technical Symposium "in recognition of a significant contribution to computer science education".[29]

Personal life[edit]

Guzdial was married to Barbara Ericson in July 1985. They have three children, Matthew, Katherine, and Jennifer.


  1. ^ a b Guzdial, Mark (1993). Emile: Software-Realized Scaffolding for Science Learners Programming Multiple Media (PhD thesis). University of Michigan. ProQuest 304076207.
  2. ^ a b Mark Guzdial publications indexed by Google Scholar
  3. ^ Mark Guzdial at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. ^ "EECS Faculty". Retrieved 2018-09-24.
  5. ^ Leuf, Bo; Cunningham, Ward (2001). The Wiki Way. Addison-Wesley.
  6. ^ Denning, Peter (2014). "Interview with Mark Guzdial, Georgia Institute of Technology". Ubiquity. 2014 (January): 1–7. doi:10.1145/2576891.2576892.
  7. ^ Denning, Peter (2011). "An Interview with Mark Guzdial". Ubiquity. 2011 (January): 3. doi:10.1145/1922681.1925843.
  8. ^ Mark Guzdial author profile page at the ACM Digital Library
  9. ^ Mark Guzdial's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  10. ^ Mark Guzdial at DBLP Bibliography Server Edit this at Wikidata
  11. ^ Garcia, Daniel D.; Barr, Valerie; Guzdial, Mark; Malan, David J. (2013). "Rediscovering the passion, beauty, joy, and awe". SIGCSE '13 Proceedings of the 44th ACM technical symposium on Computer science education. p. 379. doi:10.1145/2445196.2445308. ISBN 9781450318686. S2CID 52818605.
  12. ^ Ericson, Barbara; Guzdial, Mark; Biggers, Maureen (2007). "Improving secondary CS education". Proceedings of the 38th SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education - SIGCSE '07: 298. doi:10.1145/1227310.1227416. ISBN 978-1595933614. S2CID 9067261.
  13. ^ Guzdial, Mark; Tew, Allison Elliott (2006). "Imagineering inauthentic legitimate peripheral participation". Proceedings of the 2006 International Workshop on Computing Education Research - ICER '06: 51. doi:10.1145/1151588.1151597. ISBN 978-1595934949. S2CID 493949.
  14. ^ Furst, Merrick; Isbell, Charles; Guzdial, Mark (2007). "Threads™: how to restructure a computer science curriculum for a flat world". ACM SIGCSE Bulletin. 39 (1): 420–424. doi:10.1145/1227504.1227456.
  15. ^ Ranum, David; Miller, Bradley; Marvin, John; Guzdial, Mark (2006). "Successful Approaches to Teaching Introductory Computer Science Courses with Python". Proceedings of the 37th SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education - SIGCSE '06: 396. doi:10.1145/1121341.1121465. ISBN 978-1595932594. S2CID 9062542.
  16. ^ Forte, Andrea; Guzdial, Mark (2005). "Motivation and Nonmajors in Computer Science: Identifying Discrete Audiences for Introductory Courses". IEEE Transactions on Education. 48 (2): 248–253. Bibcode:2005ITEdu..48..248F. CiteSeerX doi:10.1109/TE.2004.842924. S2CID 109517.
  17. ^ Guzdial, Mark; Ericson, Barbara (2006). Introduction to Computing and Programming with Java: A Multimedia Approach. ISBN 978-0-13-149698-9.
  18. ^ Guzdial, Mark; Ericson, Barbara (2004). Introduction to Computing and Programming in Python: A Multimedia Approach. ISBN 978-0-13-402554-4.
  19. ^ Guzdial, Mark; Rose, Kim (2002). Squeak: Open Personal Computing and Multimedia. ISBN 978-0-13-028091-6.
  20. ^ Guzdial, Mark (2000). Squeak: Object-Oriented Design with Multimedia Applications. ISBN 978-0-13-028028-2.
  21. ^ "Murder, Starvation & Catastrophe: What Easter Island Can Teach Us About 21st Century Innovation" (PDF). BuzzWords. Atlanta Business Magazine. 2007-06-01. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2007-10-11.
  22. ^ "Responding to Generation Ys New Way of Learning". BuzzWords. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 2003-03-12. Archived from the original on February 11, 2012. Retrieved 2007-11-12.
  23. ^ Media Computation To Attract & Retain Students — College of Computing Archived February 2, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  24. ^ Guzdial, Mark (2008). "Education: Paving the way for computational thinking" (PDF). Communications of the ACM. 51 (8): 25. doi:10.1145/1378704.1378713. S2CID 35737830.
  25. ^ Welcome to "Georgia Computes!" — Georgia Computes! Archived September 22, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  26. ^ Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award 2010
  27. ^ "Mark Guzdial Honored with 2012 CS and Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award". IEEE Computer Society. 24 April 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  28. ^ ACM Fellows 2014
  29. ^ "2019 SIGCSE Awards". Retrieved December 21, 2018.