Dr. Paul De Palma, Ph.D.
Dean of Students, Faculty
Paul De Palma, Ph.D. is a Professor of Computer Science at Gonzaga University and will serve in dual roles of Dean of Students, some cooking classes, and sessions in Travel Writing. Paul has an unusual background for a computer scientist. Until he discovered computers, he was thinking about 19th century American popular culture at Berkeley, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. His teaching interests revolve around artificial intelligence, especially computer processing of human language. His research interests include the development of speech and language and the social impact of computing. He has recently served as Visiting Research Fellow at the Walter J. Ong Center for Digital Humanities at St. Louis University, and as Visiting Research Professor at the Washington State University medical school. He holds degrees from St. Louis University (BA), the University of California at Berkeley (MA), Temple University (MA), and a PhD from the University of New Mexico. Though he has traveled widely— Japan and Morocco, most recently— he finds himself returning to Italy once, sometimes twice a year. Italy’s “indescribable beauty,” he claims, is irresistible, especially when paired with “a wood-fired pizza Napolitana and a glass of red wine.”