Dr. Cheryl A. Swanier is the Chair and Associate Professor in Claflin University’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Dr. Swanier conducts research in Human Computer Interaction with an emphasis in visual programming of educational simulations with end user programming and educational gaming technologies. Swanier is a recipient of the 2013 NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award. Swanier is also the recipient of the 2013 Champion of Change for Tech Inclusion Award given by the White House. She has also been selected as the 2013 STARS Outstanding Faculty Liaison Award as well as the 2013 STARS Award for Outstanding Commitment and Dedication to the Mission of STARS. Ebony Magazine selected Dr. Swanier as one of the 2013 Power 100 recipients, i.e. 100 Most Influential African Americans.
Dr. Swanier is a member of the NCWIT Academic Alliance and the NCWIT Pacesetters. Swanier provides mentoring to undergraduate students. She facilitates presentations to provide undergraduates with opportunities to gain information on research experiences, internships and on exploring the graduate experience. Swanier also advises the undergraduate chapter of the FVSU Association of Computing Machinery (ACM).
Dr. Swanier works with many programs focused on increasing the computing pipeline by getting students interested in STEM disciplines and future technology careers. She also conducts outreach activities to organizations such as Girls, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Delta Academy and Delta GEMS, and Links, Inc. in a concerted effort to broaden participation in computing for underrepresented minorities and girls. These workshops include teaching girls from K-12 how to learn visual programming languages, develop websites, and program robots. Dr. Swanier is open to collaboration in areas of HCI, Virtual Environments and Visual Programming.