Shanon Reckinger, clinical associate professor of computer science at UIC, has more than 10 years of experience teaching introductory and advanced programming to undergraduate and graduate students. She received a BS in mechanical engineering and a BA in mathematics from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. She earned her MS and PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. Post-PhD, she received an additional MS degree in computer science at Stanford University in 2018 and participated in the Faculty-In-Residence program at Google in 2019.
At UIC, Reckinger teaches computer science courses and continues her research in computer science education, particularly in the area of inclusive pedagogy design, strategies for improving problem-solving skills, and interventions to increase retention. She is senior personnel and computer science mentor on a $1 million National Science Foundation S-STEM grant for recruiting, retention, and graduation of academically talented low-income engineering students. In fall 2019 and fall 2020, Reckinger received $41,000 from Google to run exploreCSR workshops to raise awareness of careers in computing research among female undergraduate computer science students and to increase their skills and confidence in problem-solving. In fall 2021, she was awarded the College of Engineering teaching award for teaching excellence. Reckinger is the faculty advisor to the Women in Computer Science (WiCS) student organization and has chaired the CS department’s inaugural diversity, equity, and inclusion committee.