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Gregory W. Hislop


Information Science

Dr. Hislop’s disciplinary home at CCI is with the Software Engineering faculty. His scholarly interests span computing education research, technology in education and software engineering. His current efforts focus on humanitarian open source software projects, computing curriculum development and sharing, and online education.


  • PhD, Drexel University, College of Information Science and Technology, 1993
    • Fields: IS Design and Evaluation; IS Management
    • Dissertation: Assessing the Potential for Software Reuse
  • MSc, Queen's University, Dept. of Computing, 1976
    • Field: Computing Science
    • Project: A Simple Clustering Algorithm for Information Retrieval
  • BA, Georgetown University, 1975
    • Major: Economics; Minor: Computer Science

Research/Teaching Interests

Information technology for teaching and learning, online education, structure and organization of the information disciplines, computing education research, software evaluation and characterization

Select Publications

  • Ardis, Mark, David Budgen, Gregory W. Hislop, Rene McCauley, Mark J. Sebern. “Revisions to Software Engineering 2004: Curriculum Guidelines for Undergraduate Degree Programs in Software Engineering” ASEE Annual Conference. June, 2012.
  • Ellis, Heidi J. C., Michelle Purcell, Gregory W. Hislop. “An Approach for Evaluating FOSS Projects for Student Participation.” Proceedings, ACM SIGCSE Symposium. March, 2012.
  • Hislop, Gregory W. “The Inevitability of Teaching Online.”  IEEE Computer. IEEE-CS Press.  42, 12.  94-96. December, 2009.
  • Hislop, Gregory W. “Software Engineering Education: Past, Present, and Future.” In “Software Engineering: Effective Teaching and Learning Approaches and Practices.”   Ellis, Demurjian, Naveda, Eds. Idea Group Publishing.  October, 2008.
  • Hislop, Gregory W. and Lee J. Leitner.  “Creating a New Introductory Course Sequence for BSIT Students.”  ACM SIGITE Conference on Information Technology Education.  October, 2009.
  • Hislop, Gregory W. “Online Education in the Mainstream: Missing Markets, Digital Immigrants, and Variable Costs.”  In “Elements of Quality Online Education.  Into the Mainstream: Wisdom from the Sloan Consortium.”  J. Moore, Editor.  2004.

Research Activities

  • Project: “OpenFE: Developing Faculty Expertise and Creating Learning Materials for Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software.”  National Science Foundation:  Lead PI, Hislop, $290,000; part of $578,000 3 site collaboration. 2012-2015.
  • Project: Student IT Services to Support Open Source Software for Humanity.  National Science Foundation: Lead PI: Hislop, $36,000; part of $50,000 2 site collaboration. 2010-2011.
  • Project: From Middle School to Industry: Vertical Integration to Inspire Student Interest in Computational Thinking” National Science Foundation: Lead PI: Hislop, $374,000; part of $923,000 3 site collaboration. 2009-2015.
  • Project: “Ensemble: Enriching Communities and Collections to Support Education in Computing.” National Science Foundation: Drexel PI: Hislop, $125,000; part of $2,388,000 6 site collaboration, Lead PI: Cassel. 2008-2015.
  • Project: “SoftHum: Student Participation in the Community of Open Source Software for Humanity.”  National Science Foundation: Drexel PI: Hislop, $75,000; part of $150,000 2 site collaboration, PI: Ellis. 2008-2011.
  • Project: “EntryPoint: Creating a Better Start for Students in Computing Degrees.”  National Science Foundation: PI: Hislop, $150,000.  2007-2011.
  • Project: “SWENET: The Online Community for Software Engineering Educators.”  National Science Foundation: Drexel PI: Hislop, $62,000, part of $500,000 6 site collaboration, Lead PI: Lutz. 2000-2004.
  • Project: “Evaluating an Online Degree Program.” Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  PI: Hislop, $307,000.  1999-2004.

Professional Activities & Associations

  • Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, Associate Editor, 2008-present.
  • ACM/IEEE-CS Curriculum Model for Software Engineering (SE 2004); Revision committee IEEE-CS representative, 2010-present
  • IEEE-CS Educational Activities Board, Curriculum Committee member, 2009-present
  • ACM/IEEE-CS Curriculum Model for Information Technology (IT2008), Steering committee IEEE-CS representative, 2007-2008
  • Graduate Software Engineering 2009 (GSwE2009), Development committee IEEE-CS representative, 2007-2009
  • IEEE Computer Society and Association of Computing Machinery, member