As Associate Dean, Dr. desJardins focuses on faculty mentoring and development, student success, curriculum, and accreditation. Research focus is artificial intelligence: machine learning, multi-agent systems, interactive AI, and reasoning under uncertainty. Named UMBC Presidential Teaching Professor (2014-2017), Distinguished Member of the Association for Computing Machinery, Senior Member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and a UMBC Professor Not to Miss (2011). Received an NSF grant to build a community of CS educators and improve CS education at the high school level in Maryland and a Google CS4HS grant for a summer workshop for high school CS teachers. Participated in an NSF grant to develop a new introductory design experience for UMBC computing majors. Mentors a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students.