Research Areas: Computer science education, introductory computer programming pedagogy, student
efficacy and motivation
Dr. Belinda Copus is an Assistant Professor, since 2013, and serves as the Program
Coordinator for Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Central
Missouri. She teaches courses in the areas of modern programming languages and technology
ethics. She received a BS Computer Science from the University of Texas and MS Computer
Science from UCM. Belinda is passionate about Computer Science education and is currently
engaged in research focused on improving student retention in introductory computer
science courses. Additionally, she advises computer science majors in planning coursework
and exploring career options and is the recipient of the 2017 MACADA (Missouri Academic
Advising Association) Outstanding Faculty Advisor, and the 2018 recipient of the NACADA
(National Academic Advising Association) Region 7 Outstanding Faculty Advising award.
She is also a faculty leader for the student chapters of the ACM (Association for
Computing Machinery), the honor society Upsilon Pi Epsilon, and Women in Computing.
She conducts student programming workshops targeted to high school and middle school
girls to spark interest in STEM fields.