Laurie Murphy

Professor of Computer Science


Laurie Murphy

Office Location:Morken Center for Learning & Technology - Room 312

Curriculum Vitae: View my CV

  • Professional
  • Biography


  • M.S., Computer Science, Vanderbilt University, 1988
  • B.S., Mathematics, Delta State University, 1986

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Computer Science Education, in Particular Active and Cooperative Learning
  • Classroom Assessment
  • Novice Debugging
  • Diversity in CS

Selected Presentations

  • PLUTO Online Institute, Developing Videos and Screencasts!, Pacific Lutheran University (January 2015)
  • PLU eBusiness Day, Preparing Graduates for Big Data, Pacific Lutheran University (December 201)
  • SIGCSE 2011, Report on Qualitative Research Methods Workshop, Dallas, Texas (2011)
  • PLU Psychology 315, Psychology of Women - panel on women in male dominant fields, Pacific Lutheran University (Spring 2010)
  • PLU Faculty Scholarship Dinner, Debugging Computer Science Education, Pacific Lutheran University (October 2007)

Selected Articles

  • Scott Grissom, Renée Mccauley, and Laurie Murphy. "How Student Centered is the Computer Science Classroom? A Survey of College Faculty." ACM Transactions on Computer Science Education


  • PLU Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) Grant to fund “Social Media and Video Podcasts to support a new course in Media Computation,” 2011-2012
  • Computing Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) travel grant to attend career mentoring workshop, November 2012
  • Northwest Academic Computing Consortium (NWACC) Proof of Concept Grant to fund “Scaffolding active programming instruction with theoretically grounded screencasts and annotated worked examples,” with David Wolff, 2008-2009
  • PLU Regency Advancement Award to fund “An Investigation of Novice Pair Debugging,” 2008-2009
  • NSF funding to attend STEM Workshop on Active Learning, UC San Diego, July 2008

Professional Memberships/Organizations


Research and Professional Activities
Prof. Murphy’s main research interest is Computer Science Education, in particular active and cooperative learning, classroom assessment, novice debugging, pair programming, and increasing the participation of women and underrepresented minority students in CS. Currently  she is working with an international research group to investigate data structures students’ understanding of object oriented programming and recursion.

She serves as Editor (jointly with Sally Fincher) for the journal Computer Science Education.