Helen Hu, Ph.D


Full-Time Faculty
Computer Science

Phone: 801.832.2362

Email: hhu@westminsteru.edu

Office Location: Foster Hall 312

Office Hours: W 01:00PM 02:00PM,M 02:00PM 03:00PM


Ph.D. University of Utah
B.S. Princeton University


Dr. Helen Hu is a Professor of Computer Science at Westminster College, where she teaches a variety of courses, including CS1, CS2, algorithms, and graphics. She has converted many of her classes to POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning), a research-based instructional strategy that emphasizes active learning and that has been shown to improve student retention of course content. She earned her PhD from the University of Utah and her bachelors from Princeton University. Dr. Hu is passionate about broadening participation in computer science in Utah. She is the Principal Investigator for the IntroCS POGIL Project, the Utah Exploring CS Initiative, the Westminster Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM (TIDES) project. She was presented with the Utah Governor's Medal for Science and Technology in Education for her work introducing an equity-focused computer science course to over 100 Utah high schools. In 2015, she was named one of Insight into Diversity's 100 Inspiring Women in STEM.


computer science education, active learning, broadening participation in computer science

Areas of Expertise

Computer science education, active learning for STEM classrooms

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