Faculty Experts - Lillian N. Cassel, Ph.D.

Lillian N. Cassel, Ph.D.

Lillian N. Cassel, Ph.D.
Professor, Department Chairperson 
Department of Computing Sciences
Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Area of Expertise:

  • Web-based Information Retrieval
  • Digital Libraries
  • Data Science



Digital libraries with their vast array of volumes, journals, and rare books put a wealth of information at the fingertips of anyone, anywhere, anytime who has access to the Internet. Dr. Cassel, an expert on information storage, classification, retrieval and networking can speak about how the advent of digital libraries has changed scholarship. As an internationally-recognized expert on computing education she has helped Villanova attain the status of one of 13 Pacesetter schools promoting women in computing.


  • Ph.D., University of Delaware
  • M.S., University of Delaware
  • B.A., University of Delaware

Selected Publications

  • Dichev, C., Dicheva, D., Cassel, L., Goelman, D., Posner, M. A., "Preparing All Students for the Data-driven World," "Symposium on Computing at Minority Institutions," www.admiusa.org. March 2016).
  • Cassel, Lillian N., Yu, X., Tungare, M., Fan, W., Yuan, M., Perez-Quinones, M., Fox, Edward A., Cameron, William, Automatic Syllabus Classification Using Support Vector Machines Handbook of Research on Text and Web Mining Technologies, 2008.
  • Cassel, Lillian N., Yu, X., Tungare, M., Fan, W. Perez-Quinones, M., Fox, E.A., Cameron, W., Automatic Genre-specific Text Classification Encyclopedia of Data Warehousing and Mining, 2nd Edition.
  • Cassel, Lillian, N., Yu, X., Tungare, M., Fan, W., Perez-Quinones, M., Fox, E., Cameron, W., "Using Automatic Metadata Extraction to Build a Structured Syllabus Repository." Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Program Director, United States National Science Foundation
  • Department Chair and Head of Academic Computing Center, Goldey Beacom College
  • Instructor and Consultant, University of Delaware

Selected Research

  • CPATH CB: "Distributed Expertise in Enhancing Computing Education with Connections to the Arts." NSF CISE CPATH 0829616. Collaborative project with Virginia Tech and The College of New Jersey, 2008-2011.
  • Ensemble: "Enriching Communities and Colelctions to Support Education in Computing NSF HER/DUE 0840713," Collaborative project with Viriginia Tech, Portland State, University of Pittsburgh, Drexel University, Texas A&M, University of California, Berkeley.
  • Workshop: "Computing Education Needs Assessment, February 2008- Washington, DC, National Science Foundation HER/DUE 0752030," Collaborative project with Virginia Tech.
  • "Connecting Computing Educators Within and Outside the Traditional Boundaries, NSF CISE 0722234," Collaborative project with Virginia Tech.

About Villanova

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