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Deborah Tatar


  • Chem+C
    • Roles: PI
    • Access: Project Admin, Project Contact


  • Higher Ed: Mathematics, Higher Ed: Science 


Deborah Tatar is Professor of Computer Science and, by courtesy, Psychology at Virginia Tech, where she is also a member of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction, the Program for Women and Gender Studies, and a Catalyst Fellow of the Institute for Creativity, the Arts and Technology and an Associate of the Institute on Gerontology. She holds a doctorate in Psychology from Stanford and a bachelor's in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard. She spent sixteen years working in industry and industrial research.

Establishing accomplishments in Computer Science and related fields include her 1986 LISP textbook and her early CSCW (Computer-Supported Collaborative Work) projects, including her analysis of the Xerox PARC Colab project.

Much of her work focuses on the design of multi-user face-to-face systems, especially those designed to fit into and improve classroom interactions. This interest dovetails with an interest in the design of technologies as background, the notion of zensign (that what is left out can be as important as what is put into a user interface), phenomena of sharing and human-attention. 



Tatar, D., Roschelle, J. and Hegedus, S. (2014) SimCalc Mathworlds Democratizing Access to Advanced Mathematics, International Journal of Designs for Learning, Special Issue on Historic Cases (C. Gray and S. Howard, Eds.) 5(2) 83-100.

Tatar, D. (May/June 2014) Reflecting Our Better Natures. ACM Interactions, feature column.

Dickey-Kurdziolek, M. and Tatar, D. (2012) They Need to be Solid in Standard Skills First: How Standards Can Become the Upper Bound, In (S. Hegedus and J. Roschelle, Eds.) The SimCalc Vision and Contributions: Democratizing Access to Important Mathematics. Dordrecht: Springer. p. 299-318

Tatar, D. (2014) Gender and STEM: No Shift Required, XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, Japan, July 13-19, 2014.