(Sieber, Diane E - 2010) -- President's Teaching Scholar uri icon



  • Professor Sieber is well known in the CU-Boulder community for her interdisciplinary scholarship and her ability to establish a deep rapport with students through the use of technology. She joined the CU-Boulder faculty in 1993 in the department of Spanish and Portuguese and later became co-director of the ATLAS Institute. Since 2007 Sieber has served as director of the Herbst Program of Humanities for Engineers.
    Professor Sieber is keenly interested in computer programming, web design, and digital art and has forged a unique research program at the intersection of classical literature and cutting-edge technology. In 2008 she gained international media attention from an informal, all-class experiment she conducted after noticing that some students were distracted because they were busy e-mailing, blogging, and playing online video games during class. She noted the students who were digitally distracted before giving an exam and later announced to the class that the average test score of those students was 12 percent lower than the rest of the class. Students who changed their ways improved their test scores, but those who resisted repeated their lower performance. Professor Sieber’s career shows the evolution of a scholar with roots in the languages and literature who recognized a unique opportunity to integrate emerging information technologies into these traditional disciplines.

year awarded

  • 2010