Lori Carter, Ph.D.

Professor of Computer Science

Dr. Carter holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science with an emphasis in Computer Architecture from UCSD. Prior to doctoral work, she earned an MS in Computer Science from CSU Northridge and a BA in Speech Communication Theory from PLNU. She has worked in industry as a technical writer and software engineer. She is a recipient of the Dean's Award for Outstanding Teaching and has earned grants for advancing interdisciplinary computer science across campus. Dr. Carter leads the Computational Science minor which is designed to provide natural science students with a computational tool box for performing scientific research.

Dr. Carter's research interests include service learning and interdisciplinary applications of computer science.

Outside of the classroom, Dr. Carter enjoys hiking and snow skiing. When not outside she is a fan of reading and number puzzles. She considers her greatest gift on earth to be her family.


  • Ph.D., Computer Science, University of California, San Diego
  • M.S., Computer Science, California State University, Northridge
  • B.S., Speech Communication Theory, Point Loma College, San Diego

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Computers – CSC 122
  • Introduction to Computer Science – CSC 132
  • Introduction to Computer Science-C++ – CSC 134
  • Introduction to Computer Programming-Java – CSC 142
  • Fundamentals of Computer Science – CSC 154
  • Databases and Data Mining – CSC 191
  • Data Structures – CSC 252/254
  • Python and Unix Scripting for Computational Science – CSC 302
  • Operating Systems – CSC 314
  • Data Management for Computational Science – CSC 322
  • Algorithm Analysis and Theory of Computation – CSC 354
  • Computer Networking – CSC 374
  • Programming Languages – CSC 394
  • Special Topics in Computer Science/Information Systems – CSC 412
  • Computer Architecture and Assembly Language – CSC 454
  • Senior Seminar – CSC 481
  • Service Learning I – CSC 496
  • Service Learning II – CSC 497
  • Introduction to Information Systems – ISS 232
  • Visual Programming fro Business Applications – ISS 242
  • Problem Solving – MTH 303
  • Elementary Algebra – MTH 099

Experience in Field

  • Professor of Computer Science, Point Loma Nazarene University 2007 – Present
  • Developed Service Learning Curriculum, Developed Computational Science Curriculum, Honors Project Mentor, Summer Undergraduate Research. Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Member of the Technical Staff-Database Design, TRW, Redondo Beach, CA 1983 – 1984
  • Maintenance Programmer-Take calls from customers to fix bugs in Computer Aided Design Program, CADAM Inc., Burbank, CA 1981 – 1983
  • Technical Writer-Created manuals for real time telemetry technicians, Jet Propulsion Lab, Pasadena, CA 1980 – 1981

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Program Committee: Celebration of Women in Computing 2016
  • Reviewer for SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education 2004 – 2016
  • general Co-chair: SoCal Celebration of Women in Computing conference 2014
  • Program Reviewer – Math and Computer Science Department La Sierra University 2013

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications


  • “Perspectives on Grant Writing for NSF.” Lori Carter. Nazarene IBOE Professional Grant Writers Meeting, Bourbonnais, IL, July 2016
  • “Computing Across the Disciplines.” Lori Carter. Faculty Scholarship Day, PLNU, August 2015
  • “The Use of Computing in Biology and Medicine.” Lori Carter. Celebration of Women in Computing Conference, April 2012.
  • Keynote address: "Computer Gaming: The Good and the Bad" Lori Carter and Anna Hail, Association for Christians in the Mathematical Sciences (ACMS), May 2009


  • “Undergraduate programs in computational science.” Lori Carter, Tim Little, Claire Mathews. Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges 30, 4 (April 2015), 83-91.
  • “Interdisciplinary Computing Classes: Worth the Effort.” Lori Carter, Proceedings of the 45th SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, March 2014.
  • “Computational Science Programs: The Background Work” Lori Carter, Ryan Botts and Catherine Crockett, Proceedings of FIE 2012, Frontiers in Education, October 2012.
  • “Bridging the Technology Gap: An Analysis of Industry Needs and Student Skills” Lori Carter and Catherine Marcarelli, Proceedings of FIE 2009, Frontiers in Education, October 2009.
  • “Problems with Computer Gaming May Contribute to Retention Troubles for CS Students”, Lori Carter and Anna Hail, Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, March 2009.
  • “Why Students with an Aptitude for Computer Science Don’t Choose to Major in Computer Science.” Lori Carter, Proceedings of the 37th SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, March 2006.


  • Computer Programming  ... Simply: A Brief Introduction to Computer Programming in Plain English. Lori Carter. September 2016. Amazon Digital Services, LLC