Dawn Laux is an Associate Department Head and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Technology (CIT) at Purdue University. She has been with the University since 2007 and is responsible for teaching an undergraduate database fundamentals course, as well as courses in professional communication and technology concepts. Dr. Laux was recently a recipient of the Purdue University Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in Memory of Charles B. Murphy in 2019. Dawn earned her PhD from Iowa State University in Human Computer Interaction in 2014, and has 10 years of industrial experience in the information technology field. Her research areas of interest include computer supported collaborative learning, student persistence, and social impacts of technology.
PhD (Human Computer Interaction), Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 2014.
MS (Management Information Systems), Iowa State University Ames, IA, 2007.
BS (Business Education and Office Administration), Ball State University Muncie, IN, 1994.
College of Technology Exceptional Early Career Teaching Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching 2014-2015
Teaching for Tomorrow Fellowship Award, 2013-2014
Outstanding Faculty in Engagement Award, Department of Computer and Information Technology, 2013-2014
Outstanding Faculty in Learning Award, Department of Computer and Information Technology, 2011-2012
Refereed Articles and Conference Papers/Presentations/Abstracts
Laux, D., Luse, A., Mennecke, B. (2016). Collaboration, connectedness, and community: An examination of the factors influencing student persistence in virtual communities. Computers in Human Behavior, 57, 452-464.
Harriger, A., Townsend, G., & Laux, D. (2015). Supporting women in computing through regional conferences. Presented at ASEE 2015 Annual Conference and Exposition. Seattle, WA.
Mentzer, N., Jackson, A., Richards, K.A., Zissimopoulos, A.N., & Laux, D. (2015). Student perceptions on the impact of formative peer team member effectiveness evaluation in an introductory design course. Presented at ASEE 2015 Annual Conference and Exposition. Seattle, WA.
Connolly, P., Laux, D., Mentzer, N., & Jackson+, A. (2014). Establishing a core curriculum at the college level. Proceedings of the 2014 ASEE Illinois/Indiana Section Annual Conference. Terre Haute, IN.
Connolly, P., Laux, D., Mentzer, N., & Jackson+, A. (2014). Development and implementation of courses to meet the requirements of a core curriculum. Proceedings of the 2014 ASEE Illinois/Indiana Section Annual Conference. Terre Haute, IN.
Laux, D. & Harriger, A. (2012). Recruitment practices to engage female interest in computing. Proceedings of the 2012 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. Baltimore, MD.
Vorvoreanu, M., Bowen, E., & Laux, D. (2012). Microblogging in the large lecture classroom: Facilitating participation for students with high communication apprehension. Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition. San Antonio, TX.
Laux, D., Luse, A., Mennecke, B. & Townsend, A. M. (2011). Adoption of Biometric Authentication Systems: Implications for Research and Practice in the Deployment of End-User Security Systems. Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce, 21:3, 221-245.
2000-2004 - Purdue Employees Federal Credit Union,
Various IT Positions (IT Communication Specialist, IT Project Manager, E-Commerce Supervisor and E-Commerce Manager)
1996-1999 - Insight Communications,
Management Information Systems Specialist
1994-1996 - Purdue Employees Federal Credit Union,
Information Services Systems Administrator
National Center for Women and Information Technology, Academic Alliance Member, 2011 - present
National Center for Women and Information Technology, Pacesetters Member
Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), 2013 - present