Kinnis K. Gosha, Ph.D.



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Dr. Kinnis Gosha (Go-Shay) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Director of the Culturally Relevant Computer Lab at Morehouse College.  He received his Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing from Clemson University and was the inaugural graduate for the program, as well as the first African American to obtain a doctoral degree in Human-Centered Computing. He also holds an M.S. from Auburn University and a B.S. 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 main 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 30 peer-reviewed publications and two book chapters. He has several funded grant proposals from industry and government (including the National Science Foundation) totaling over one 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, eight of his graduates have begun to pursue their doctorate of philosophy degree in computing from Clemson (5), Ohio State, Chicago and Notre Dame.  Dr. Gosha hails from Phenix City, Alabama where his mother Judy Gosha raised him.