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Colleen van Lent

Teaching Professor and Lecturer IV in Information, School of Information Email: [email protected] Phone:
Office: School of Information/715 N Unversity Faculty Role: Faculty Potential PhD Faculty Advisor: No Personal website News About Colleen van Lent


Colleen received her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in Computer Science. Her thesis was on Artificial Intelligence applications on the Nursebot Project, a robotic assistant for the elderly. Before coming to UMSI her previous experience includes Associate Professor at California State University and positions at NASA JPL, the Naval Research Lab, and the NSA.



Areas of interest

Accessible Web Design, Introductory Programming

Honors & Awards

National Physical Science Consortium Fellow, NASA Faculty Fellow, UMSI Award For Excellence in Education


BS from Kent State University Honors College
MS and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh

News about Colleen van Lent

Office of the Provost Inclusive Teaching Award. Colleen van Lent. Teaching Professor.
Colleen van Lent earns Lecturer in Inclusive Teaching Award

The award recognizes instructors who go above and beyond in prioritizing equity and inclusion in their teaching.

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Promoted. Teaching Professor. Colleen van Lent. Teaching professor.
UMSI lecturer Colleen van Lent promoted to teaching professor

Dr. van Lent will begin her appointment September 2023 and continue teaching in areas of accessibility and computing.

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