Passionate about designing and executing rigorous higher education research projects that can help faculty and administrators address longstanding inequalities and improve student experiences and outcomes. I am currently working as an Associate Director of Research and Evaluation at the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research at NC State, where I primarily manage the PACE Climate Survey for Community Colleges which is designed to assess employee perceptions and satisfaction with various aspects of the campus climate. I completed my PhD in Higher Education and Organizational Change at UCLA, where my dissertation research explored poor and working-class college students' interactions with faculty and whether such interactions improved academic outcomes, with a special focus on racial/ethnic differences among poor and working-class students. While at UCLA, I also worked as a research analyst on the BRAID Research project that explored the efforts of 15 universities to diversify their computing courses and majors. In my previous experience at the Newcomb College Institute I had the unique opportunity to use my B.A. in Gender and Sexuality Studies to manage the Newcomb Scholars Program, a competitive, four-year, co-curricular program for undergraduate women, focused on developing their leadership, research, and writing skills.

Works (4)

Updated: July 7th, 2023 05:02

2022 journal article

Can Computing Be Diversified on "Principles" Alone? Exploring the Role of AP Computer Science Courses in Students' Major and Career Intentions

ACM TRANSACTIONS ON COMPUTING EDUCATION, 22(2).

By: L. Sax*, K. Newhouse n, J. Goode*, T. Nakajima*, M. Skorodinsky* & M. Sendowski*

author keywords: AP Computer Science A course/exam; AP Computer Science Principles course/exam; gender and race/ethnicity
Sources: Web Of Science, ORCID
Added: April 4, 2022

2020 conference paper

Better Late Than Never

Proceedings of the 51st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education.

Source: ORCID
Added: July 5, 2023

2020 conference paper

Does AP CS Principles Broaden Participation in Computing?

Proceedings of the 51st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education.

Source: ORCID
Added: July 5, 2023

2018 journal article

Disciplinary Field Specificity and Variation in the STEM Gender Gap

New Directions for Institutional Research.

Source: ORCID
Added: July 5, 2023

Employment

Updated: August 18th, 2023 14:00

2023 - present

North Carolina State University Raleigh, US
Associate Director of Research and Evaluation Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research

2021 - 2023

North Carolina State University Raleigh, North Carolina, US
Senior Research Associate Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research

2016 - 2021

UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies Los Angeles, CA, US
Research analyst, BRAID Research Project Education

2013 - 2016

H Sophie Newcomb Memorial College Institute New Orleans, LA, US
Program Coordinator, Newcomb Scholars Program

Education

Updated: August 18th, 2023 14:01

2016 - 2021

UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies Los Angeles, CA, US
PhD Education

2016 - 2017

UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies Los Angeles, CA, US
Master of Arts Education

2008 - 2012

Tulane University New Orleans, LA, US
Bachelor of Arts Gender and Sexuality Studies