Enthusiastic, multifaceted, and result-driven academician with years of ample work experience of teaching, mentoring, organizing scholastic activities, moderating conferences, developing courses & curriculum, conducting & supervising researches for national and international journals. Diligent about researching and developing the content of learning materials for assigned courses within existing frameworks and make modifications in existing curriculum. Persuasive in commitment to students, transforming present potential into future capabilities, and commitment to raising standards of learning through my earned skills. Possess exemplary instructional, pedagogical, leadership, team-building, and excellent students’ conflict resolution abilities and accomplishments honed throughout an impressive career span.
Dissertation: Swimming Upstream: Black Males in Information Technology (IT) Higher Education
Pennsylvania State University, College of Information Sciences and Technology
Thesis: Social Networking Teaching Tools: A Computer Supported Collaborative Interactive Learning Environment for K-12
Auburn University, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering
Project: Integration of Mobile Computing in Automotive Applications
Major: Information Systems Engineering, Minor: Mathematics
Johnson C. Smith University, College of Computer Science and Engineering
Dr. Cain’s research interests are in Computer Science Education and Broadening Participation in Computing. Specifically, he studies Black people’s pathway into computing and engineering to analyze roadblocks and barriers to entry and to sustain success in the field. His goals are to invoke unique approaches invoking theory to investigate and address the underrepresentation of minority groups in computing. Dr. Cain’s research integrates people, technology, information, policy, and culture to address societal issues. He is an expert in social inclusion, gender and racial theories, and interpretative epistemology.
Cain, C.C. (2022). Black Men in IT: Overcoming Digital Inequality in Pursuit of Career Goals. The International Journal of Diversity in Education, 22(2), 1-12. https://doi.org/10.18848/2327-0020/CGP/v22i02/1-12
Cain, C.C. and Trauth, E.M. (2022). The Pursuit of Tech Degrees for Black Men in the United States: Belonging and Happiness, an Individual Differences Study. Technology in Society, 69, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techsoc.2021.101835
Cain, C.C., Morgan Bryant, A.J., Buskey, C.D., Myers Ferguson, Y. (2022). Generation Z, Learning Preferences, and Technology: An Academic Technology Framework Based on Enterprise Architecture. The Journal of the Southern Association for Information Systems, 9, 1-14. https://doi.org/doi:10.17705/3JSIS.00019
Cain, C. C. (2022). A Shifting Research Agenda: Historically Black Colleges and Universities Must Prepare Students for Careers in Computing, Informatics, and Engineering. Journal of Information Systems Education, 33(1), 41-50. https://jise.org/-Volume33/n1/JISE2022v33n1pp41-50.html
Cain, C. C. (2021). Establishing a research agenda for broadening participation of Black men in computing, informatics, and engineering. Technology in Society, 67, 101790. https://doi.org/10.1016/-j.techsoc.2021.101790
Cain, C. C. (2021). Beyond the IT Artifact—Studying the Underrepresentation of Black Men and Women in IT. Journal of Global Information Technology Management, 24(3), 157–163. https://doi.org/10.1080/-1097198X.2021.1954315
Cain, C. C., and Trauth, E.M. (2017). Black Men in IT: Theorizing an Autoethnography of a Black Man’s Journey into IT within the United States of America. ACM SIGMIS Database: The DATABASE for Advances in Information Systems, 48(2), 35–51. https://doi.org/10.1145/-3084179.3084184
Trauth, E. M., Cain, C. C., Joshi, K. D., Kvasny, L., & Booth, K. M. (2016). The Influence of Gender-Ethnic Intersectionality on Gender Stereotypes about IT Skills and Knowledge. ACM SIGMIS Database: The DATABASE for Advances in Information Systems, 47(3), 9–39. https://doi.org/10.1145/-2980783.2980785
Cain, C.C. (Forthcoming). Education and Research Strategies for Addressing the Underrepresentation of Black Men in Computing. Handbook of Gender & Technology: Environment, Identity, Individual. Edward Elgar Publishing
Trauth, E., Bryant, A., Cain, C., Potter, L. E., Quesenberry, J. L., Trauth, S., & van Slyke, C. (2019, June). Addressing Social Inclusion in the IS Field through Theatre. Proceedings of the 2019 on Computers and People Research Conference. https://doi.org/-10.1145/3322385.3322412
Cain, C.C., Bryant Morgan, A., Buskey, C.D., Washington, G., and Burge, L. (2019). Research Implications of the Tech Exchange: Immersion of Howard University Computer Science and Informatics Students in Silicon Valley. Proceedings of the 25th Americas Conference on Information Systems, (Cancun, Mexico). https://aisel.aisnet.org/-amcis2019/social_inclusion/-social_inclusion/9
Buskey, C.D., Goel, R., and Cain, C.C. (2019). Establishing a framework to Measure Strategic Social Value of Online Engagements: A Model for Determining Social Identity. Proceedings of the ACM SIGMIS Computers and People Research Conference (Nashville, TN). https://doi.org/-10.1145/3322385.3322404
Cain, C.C., Morgan Bryant, A.J., Buskey, C.D. & Goel, R. (2018). The Role of Tech Corporations at Historically Black Colleges and Universities in American STEM Education. Proceedings of the 24th Americas Conference on Information Systems (New Orleans, LA). https://aisel.aisnet.org/-amcis2018/SocialInclusion/-Presentations/6
Cain, C.C., Morgan Bryant, A.J. & Buskey, C.D. (2018). The Role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in American STEM Education. Proceedings of the ACM SIGMIS Computers and People Research Conference (Buffalo, NY). https://doi.org/10.1145/-3209626.3209712
Cain, C.C., Trauth, E.M. (2016). Black Lives Matter: The Journey of a Black IT Scholar. Proceedings of the ACM SIGMIS Computers and People Research Conference (Washington, D.C.). Best Paper Nominee. https://doi.org/10.1145/-2890602.2890623
Cain, C.C. and Trauth, E.M. (2015). Theorizing the Underrepresentation of Black Males in Information Technology (IT). Proceedings of the 21th Americas Conference on Information Systems (Puerto Rico). https://aisel.aisnet.org-/amcis2015/SocTech/-GeneralPresentations/22
Cain, C.C. and Trauth, E.M. (2013). The Underrepresentation of Black Males in IT Higher Education: A Conceptual Framework for Understanding Individual Differences. Proceedings of the 19th Americas Conference on Information Systems (Chicago, IL). https://aisel.aisnet.org-/amcis2013/SocialTechnicalIssues/-RoundTablePresentations/4
Cain, C.C. and Trauth, E.M. (2013). Stereotype Threat: The Case of Black Males in the IT Profession. Proceedings of the ACM SIGMIS Computers and People Research Conference (Cincinnati, OH). https://doi.org/10.1145-/2487294.2487305
Cain, C.C. and Trauth, E.M. (2012). Black Males in IT Higher Education in The USA: The Digital Divide in the Academic Pipeline Re-visited. Proceedings of the 18th Americas Conference on Information Systems (Seattle, WA). https://aisel.aisnet.org/-amcis2012/proceedings/-SocialIssues/7
Cain, C.C. (2012). Underrepresented Groups in Gender and STEM: The Case of Black Males in CISE. Proceedings of the ACM SIGMIS Computers and People Research Conference (Milwaukee, WI). https://doi.org/10.1145/-2214091.2214118
Trauth, E.M., Cain, C.C., Joshi, K.D., Kvasny, L., and Booth, K. (2012). Embracing Intersectionality in Gender and IT Career Choice Research. Proceedings of the ACM SIGMIS Computers and People Research Conference (Milwaukee, WI, May-June). https://doi.org/10.1145-/2214091.2214141
Trauth, E.M., Cain, C.C., Joshi, K.D., Kvasny, L. and Booth, K. (2012). Understanding Underrepresentation in IT through Intersectionality. Proceedings of the 2012 iConference (Toronto, CA). https://doi.org/10.1145/-2132176.2132184
Dr. Cain’s teaching philosophy is derived from lived experiences inside the classroom as a student, observations within the classroom as a researcher, and industry experience. His philosophy is formed by two educational principles:
Cloud Computing Degree Programs Help Fill Workforce Gaps (EdTech Magazine) – https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/k12/article/2022/08/cloud-computing-degree-programs-help-fill-workforce-gaps
Challenging Technology – https://magazine-howard.edu/-stories/challenging-technology
Google’s program for Black college students suffered disorganization and culture clashes, former participants say – https://www.cnbc.com/2021/02/21/google-howard-west-program-faced-disorganization-culture-clashes.html
Course Hero-WW Fellows Named for 2019 – https://woodrow.org/news/course-hero-fellows-2019/
Google FIR 2018 – https://youtu.be/j1cRjrez0BQ
LSAMP 25 years – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DS7a-AXvuU
For Howard business professor Curtis C. Cain, the big wake-up call about diversity and computing came during his initial week in graduate school at Auburn University.
School of Business Professor Doubles Down on Prepping More Black Men for Computing Careers.
On the precipice of the new millennium, when Curtis Cain, PhD, was still an inquisitive middle school student, his grandmother bought him what was then a top-of-the-line computer from a home shopping network. He promptly dissected it to figure out how it worked. “I was big on taking things apart, but sometimes the reassembly didn’t go as planned,” he says, chuckling.