Amber Settle has been a faculty member at DePaul University since 1996. She is an Associate Professor in the School of Computing in the College of Computing and Digital Media and a Vincent dePaul Professor. She earned a B.S. in mathematics and a B.A. in German from the University of Arizona, and a S.M. and Ph.D. in theoretical computer science from the University of Chicago.
Dr. Settle’s work in technology education includes papers on online education, innovative approaches to teaching programming and other technical courses, and ways to attract students to technology majors. Her other research interests include distributed algorithms, cellular automata, and applications of reasoning about knowledge to distributed systems. From 2008 until 2011 she was the principal investigator on an NSF-funded project, Computational Thinking Across the Curriculum, which investigated how to enhance computational thinking in a diverse set of Liberal Studies courses at DePaul and high school courses at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. She has been invited to speak at workshops as an expert in computational thinking in the undergraduate curriculum. In 2015 Dr. Settle was awarded the DePaul University Spirit of Inquiry award for her work on the Computational Thinking Across the Curriculum project. She was the recipient of the Best Paper award at the Information Systems Education Conference in 2002 and the Distinguished Paper award at the Special Interest Group for Information Technology Conference in 2011.
As a university-level instructor since 1993, Dr. Settle has taught courses in algorithms, discrete structures for computer science, automata theory, programming, data structures, web development, game design, e-commerce technology, and survey of computing. She taught a Discover Chicago class on the digital divide for five years. She was awarded a Quality of Instruction Council Excellence in Teaching Award in 2003.
Dr. Settle was elected as the Treasurer of the ACM Special Interest Group for Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) in 2013, having served on the SIGCSE Advisory Board as an at-large member between 2010 and 2013. In 2013 Dr. Settle coordinated evaluations for the 18th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE) and was sponsorship co-chair for the 14th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (SIGITE) and the 2nd Annual Conference on Research in Information Technology (RIIT). She served as program co-chair for SIGITE/RIIT 2014 held in Atlanta, Georgia. SIGITE/RIIT 2015 is hosted by DePaul University, and Dr. Settle is serving as conference co-chair. Dr. Settle has served on the ACM Inroads Editorial Advisory Board, the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Information Technology: Research, the Journal of Information Technology: Innovations in Practice, and the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Information Technology.