Diane Sieber began her appointment as Associate Dean for Education in the College of Engineering and Applied Science in July 2012 after serving for five years as director of the Herbst Program of Humanities in Engineering.
Professor Sieber has been a President’s Teaching Scholar since 2009. The President’s Teaching Scholars comprise faculty from the three CU campuses chosen for teaching excellence, recognized research on teaching and learning, and leadership in improving higher education teaching, learning, and assessment more broadly.
Sieber has been a Carnegie Teaching Scholar and has won teaching awards from the College of Engineering and Applied Science, the Boulder Faculty Assembly, the CU Alumni Association, and multiple honor societies.
Her research areas include two eras of technology-driven communication revolution: Renaissance Europe immediately post printing press, and the current networked digital age. She has published on Don Quixote, Spanish Golden Age drama, poetry and historiography, and cartographic works in Spanish Colonial New Mexico. She has also published on teaching and learning with emerging technologies in higher education. Recent work includes studies of learning through online social networks, the gamification of educational experience, and addressing learner digital distraction--by laptops, tablets and mobile phones--in classroom settings.
She received her MA and PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from Princeton University, and was an assistant professor and associate professor in the CU-Boulder Department of Spanish and Portuguese prior to joining the engineering faculty. She co-directed the ATLAS (Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society) Institute from 2000 to 2007.