Carol Fletcher, Ph.D.

Expanding Pathways in Computing Directorate

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Dr. Carol Fletcher is Director of EPIC (Expanding Pathways in Computing) at UT Austin's Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) where she oversees research and professional development projects in STEM and CS education such as the nationally recognized WeTeach_CS program. She is PI for two NSF projects focused on broadening participation in computing (BPC), the Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance and Accelerating Women's Success and Mastery in CS (AWSM in CS). Her research interests include BPC and measuring large scale professional development in STEM.

Carol is a former middle school teacher and an elected Pflugerville ISD School Board Trustee from 2001 to 2019. Her experiences as a teacher, policymaker, and researcher bridge the gap between education, workforce, and policy. Additional leadership roles include Chair of the Texas Computer Science Task Force, CS4TX Steering Committee, the TEA's STEM Educator Standards & IT Industry Advisory Committees, and numerous NSF funded STEM education grant advisory boards.

Selected Publications

Fletcher, C. L., Warner, J. R. (in press). Leveraging collective impact to scale computer science teacher professional development and certification. In Preparing Teachers to Teach Computer Science: Models, Practices and Policies. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Warner, J. R., Fletcher, C. L., Torbey, R., Garbrecht, L. S. (2019, Apr). Scaling Certification Incentives and Professional Development to Increase Equitable Access to Qualified Computer Science Teachers. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada.

Warner, J. R., Fletcher, C. L., Garbrecht, L. S. (2019, Apr). Better data, better progress: Methods for measuring inequities in computer science education. Poster session presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada.

Warner, J. R., Fletcher, C. L., Torbey, R., Garbrecht, L. S. (2019, March). Increasing capacity for computer science education in rural areas through a large-scale collective impact model. In Proceedings of the 50thACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education SIGCSE '19(pp. 1157-1163). New York, NY: ACM. doi: 10.1145/3287324.3287418

Warner, J. R., Fletcher, C. L., Monroe, W., Garbrecht, L. S. (2018, Feb). Growing the High School CS Teacher Workforce: Predictors of Success in Achieving CS Certification. Proceedings of the 49th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, Baltimore, MD. doi:10.1145/3159450.3162278

Fletcher, C.L. & Romchand, R. (2018). Preparing Texas Students for the Cyber Economy. Austin, TX: The University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved from

Zintgraff, C., Daza, M. F., Rodriguez Vides, A., Fletcher, C., Kazsuba, J. J., & Webb, J. M. Cultural and historical influences on a project-based learning training program in Medellín, Colombia. In Young, P. (Section Ed.) and Spector, J. M., Lockee, B. B., & Childress, M. (Volume Eds.), Learning, Design, and Technology: An International Compendium of Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. Springer.

Areas of Research

  • Equity in computer science education
  • Evaluating large-scale professional development
  • Collective impact models for social change


  • Texas Computer Science Task Force, Chair
  • CS4TX Steering Committee
  • Texas Education Agency STEM Educator Standards and IT Industry Cluster Advisory Committee

Current Projects

  • WeTeach_CS
  • ECEP Alliance
  • AWSM in CS
  • Project ROCS


Ph.D., M.A., Science Education
University of Texas at Austin