Deirdre has been a lecturer in Dublin Institute of Technology since 2002. During this time she has delivered modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level covering a range of topics such as databases, programming, software engineering, knowledge based systems design and development, probability, statistics and research writing.
She currently delivers the Probability and Statistical Inference module on the school of Computer Science's taught MSc programmes, the Systems Analysis and Testing Modules on the higher diploma/masters qualifier programmes and the Database I and Software for the Global Market at undergraduate levels as well as supervising student projects at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
She was DIT project leader on the EU funded project EMERSION which developed an industry oriented curriculum for software engineering education in China.
She is currently working as part of the GETM3 (Global Talent and Management 3) project whose goal is to investigate global entrepreneurial talent management from a transgenerational, trans-sectoral, trans-disciplinary and trans-national perspective. GETM3 involves partners from the UK, Ireland, Poland, Slovenia and South Korea and is funded by the European Commission's Marie-Curie Actions programme.
Deirdre is also currently completing a Doctorate in Education with the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work in Queen's University Belfast. Her dissertation is a case study investigating the beliefs about teaching computer science held by lecturers and how this influences their pedagogical practice.
Computer Science Education, Teaching Conceptions and Beliefs, Student Attitudes and Beliefs, Personal Epistemology