KINNIS GOSHA, PH.D.

Morehouse College

Science, Engineering, Technology, and Mathematics Division Faculty
  • Hortinius I. Chenault Endowed Associate Professor
  • Director, Culturally Relevant Computer Lab
Education

Dr. Kinnis Gosha (Go-Shay) is the Hortenius I. Chenault Endowed Associate Professor for the Department of Computer Science at Morehouse College. There he also serves as the academic program director for software engineering and the director of the Culturally Relevant Computing Lab.

Dr. Gosha received his Ph.D. in human-centered computing from Clemson University and was the inaugural graduate of the program. He also holds an M.S. in computer science and software engineering from Auburn University and a B.S. in Computer Science from Albany State University.

Dr. Gosha has received numerous awards and honors including the Clemson University Outstanding Ph.D. Student in Human Centered Computing Award, a R.C. Edwards Graduate Fellowship, a George MacDonald Graduate Fellowship, the 
Clemson Alumni Graduate Fellowship, the Southeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (SEAGEP) Fellowship, a Southern Regional Educational Board (SREB) Doctoral Scholar Award, the
IEEE Services Society Certified Services Computing Instructor Certificate, Auburn University President’s Graduate Opportunity Program (PGOP) Award, and he is a recipient of the Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate.

During his graduate studies, he spent four years in the Human-Centered Computing Lab at Clemson University as the team leader for NSF BPC-DP: Incorporating Cultural Tools for Math and Computing Concepts into the Boys and Girls Clubs of America Project. In addition, Dr. Gosha served in various instructor roles at Columbus State University and Auburn University. Prior to joining Morehouse College, he held positions at IBM Research, Auburn University, and Synovus Financial. He joined Morehouse College as an Instructor in 2011.

Dr. Gosha’s primary research interests include expanding computer science education, broadening participation in computing, green computing, and culturally relevant computing. Undergraduate researchers in his lab, the Culturally Relevant Computing Lab, investigate research problems centered on creating innovative computing technologies to solve cultural problems and issues. Applications of his research include robotics, avatars, and video games. He owns Gosha Technologies, a website development company started in 2005.

He holds membership in several organizations including Service Research and Innovation Institute, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), ACM Special Interest Group for Computer Science Education, Human Factor Ergonomics Society, National Society of Black Engineers, National Black Graduate Students Association and Empowering Leadership Alliance. Dr. Gosha has published more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and two book chapters. He has several funded grant proposals from industry and government (including the National Science Foundation) totaling over twenty million dollars.

Dr. Gosha is passionate about getting students and young researchers, particularly underserved minorities, interested in computer science research and further into postgraduate programs. To date, several of his graduates have begun to pursue their doctorate of philosophy degree in various areas of computing from Clemson (5), Ohio State, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Chicago, Auburn University, University of Florida, UNC Charlotte, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2) and Notre Dame. Dr. Gosha hails from Phenix City, Alabama where his mother Judy Gosha raised him.

Contact:

Email
kinnis.gosha@morehouse.edu

Office Location
Hopps Technology Tower, Room 125

Phone
(470) 639-0634

Office Hours
TBD

AWARDS AND HONORS

  • 2019, Distinguished Paper Award: RESPECT Conference 2019
  • 2014, Atlanta Magazine 2014 Groundbreakers Award
  • 2013, Albany State University Top 50 Under 50
  • 2013, Outstanding Ph.D. Student in Human Centered Computing Award (Clemson University)
  • 2010 – 2011, R C Edwards Graduate Fellowship
  • 2010 – 2011, George MacDonald Graduate Fellowship
  • 2010 – 2011, Clemson Alumni Graduate Fellowship
  • 2009, Conference Funding Award – Clemson University School of Computing
  • 2009 – 2010, Southeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (SEAGEP) Fellowship
  • 2006 – 2008, Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Doctoral Scholar Award
  • 2008, IEEE Services Society Certified Services Computing Instructor Certificate
  • 2005, Auburn University President’s Graduate Opportunity Program (PGOP) Award

 

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Computer Science Education
  • Human-Centered Computing
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • E-Learning
  • Mentoring

See Also

ORGANIZATIONS

  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • IEEE Special Technical Community on Broadening Participation
  • Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA)
  • National Society for Blacks in Computing
  • Institute for African Americans Mentoring in Computer Science (iAAMCS)
  • Brothers of the Academy
  • Service Research and Innovation Institute (SRII)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society
  • ACM Special Interest Group for Computer Science Education (SIGCSE)
  • Human Factor Ergonomics Society (HFES) – Clemson Chapter & National Member
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • National Black Graduate Students Association (NBGSA)
  • Empowering Leadership Alliance (EL Alliance)

Publications & Presentations

  • Developing a framework for teacher professional development using online social networks
    K Gosha, E Billionniere, J Gilbert, M Ramsey
    Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International
    2010
  • Differential gender effects of a STEM-based intervention: An examination of the African American researchers in computing sciences program
    JFL Jackson, JE Gilbert, LVJ Charleston, K Gosha
    Black American Males in Higher Education: Research, Programs and Academe 
    2009
  • The effects of anxiety and preparation on performance in technical interviews for hbcu computer science majors
    P Hall Jr, K Gosha
    Proceedings of the 2018 ACM SIGMIS Conference on Computers and People 
    2018
  • A comparison of social service selection techniques
    E Billionniere, D Greiman, K Gosha
    2009
  • Eighth IEEE International Conference on Dependable, Autonomic and
    2009
  • Stars computing corps: Enhancing engagement of underrepresented students and building community in computing
    J Payton, T Barnes, K Buch, A Rorrer, H Zuo, K Gosha, K Nagel, N Napier, …
    Computing in Science & Engineering 18 (3), 44-57
    2016
  • Exploring the needs and preferences of underrepresented minority students for an intelligent virtual mentoring system
    NA Mack, R Cummings, EW Huff, K Gosha, JE Gilbert
    International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, 213-221
    2019
  • From Midshipmen to Cyber Pros: Training Minority Naval Reserve Officer Training Corp Students for Cybersecurity
    NA Mack, K Womack, EW Huff Jr, R Cummings, N Dowling, K Gosha
    Proceedings of the 50th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science 
    2019
  • Computing career exploration for urban African American students using embodied conversational agents
    K Gosha, EW Huff Jr, J Scott
    Proceedings of the 2018 ACM SIGMIS Conference on Computers and People
    2018
  • The application of embodied conversational agents for mentoring African American STEM doctoral students
    K Gosha
    Clemson University
    2013
  • An exploration of black students interacting with computing college and career readiness vlog commentary social media influencers
    RT Cummings, EH Huff, NA Mack, K Womack, A Reid, B Ghoram, …
    Computing in Science & Engineering 22 (5), 29-40 4
    2020
  • Evaluating the usability of pervasive conversational user interfaces for virtual mentoring
    EW Huff, NA Mack, R Cummings, K Womack, K Gosha, JE Gilbert
    International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, 80-98 
    2019
  • Development of a Twitter graduate school virtual mentor for HBCU computer science students
    L Hampton, K Gosha
    Proceedings of the ACMSE 2018 Conference, 1-2
    2018
  • Holistic development of underrepresented students through academic: industry partnerships
    L Burge, M Mejias, KM Galloway, K Gosha, J Muhammad
    Proceedings of the 2017 ACM SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science
    2017
  • Spiritual counseling for male college students using embodied conversational agents
    K Gosha, J Porter III, D Cherry, C Ordu, J Horace
    Journal of Progressive Policy & Practice 2 (1), 123-129
    2014
  • The Use of Chatbots in Future Faculty Mentoring: A Case of the Engineering Professoriate
    SL Mendez, VM Conley, K Johanson, K Gosha, NA Mack, CL Haynes
    2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition
    2019
  • Strategic Partnerships to Enhance Data Structures and Algorithms Instruction at HBCUs
    K Gosha, V Kannan, L Morgan, EW Huff Jr
    Proceedings of the 2019 ACM Southeast Conference, 194-197
    2019
  • The classification of aggressive dialogue in social media platforms
    J Langham, K Gosha
    Proceedings of the 2018 ACM SIGMIS Conference on Computers and People
    2018
  • The development of a conversational agent mentor interface using short message service (SMS)
    L Julian, K Gosha, EW Huff Jr
    Proceedings of the 2018 ACM SIGMIS Conference on Computers and People
    2018
  • Awareness and Readiness for Graduate School of African American Male Computer Science Students
    EW Huff, K Gosha
    2018
  • Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering 
    2018
  • Virtual graduate school mentoring using embodied conversational agents
    K Gosha, JE Gilbert, K Middlebrook

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