B.S. University of Tennessee, 1982​Ph.D. University of Edinburgh, 1987​

"I joined UVa's School of Engineering and Applied Science because the Computer Science department was a leader in undergraduate education while maintaining strong research programs."

Tom Horton, Associate Professor


Research interests include:

Computing Education, Digital Humanities, Software Engineering


After growing up in Tennessee and completing my PhD in Scotland, I taught for 13 years at Florida Atlantic University. I joined UVa in January 2001, where I have taught courses in programming, algorithms, software engineering, HCI, and other topics. I have a strong interest in computer science education, as well as an interest in digital humanities, particularly the study of language patterns in literary texts. I have a strong commitment to leadership and service in our department, school and university.


  • Department Service Award, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Virginia. 2004-2005
  • Award for Excellence and Innovation in Undergraduate Teaching, Engineering College, Florida Atlantic University 1998
  • Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Engineering College, Florida Atlantic University 1991
  • Marshall Scholarship, Full scholarship for two years' graduate study in Britain 1982
  • Torchbearer Award, University of Tennessee. For outstanding academic achievement and university service. The highest honor awarded to UT students. 1982

Research Interests

  • Computing Education
  • Digital Humanities
  • Software Engineering

Selected Publications

  • Using LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT and LEJOS in an advanced software engineering course. IEEE, 121-128. 2010/3/9 Michael W Lew, Thomas B Horton, Mark S Sherriff

Courses Taught

  • CS3240 – Advanced Software Development
  • CS3205 – HCI in Software Development
  • CS1113 - Introduction to Programming with Focus on Engineering Problem Solving
  • CS2190 – Computer Science Seminar
  • CS4102 – Algorithms
  • CS2110 – Software Development Methods
  • CS4240 – Principles of Software Design
  • CS4753 – Electronic Commerce
  • CS2102 – Discrete Math
  • CS2150 – Program and Data Representation
  • CS1110 – Introduction to Computer Science
  • CS1010 – Introduction to Information Technology