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James "Jim" Hook is Associate Dean of the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science and Professor of Computer Science. As Associate Dean, his portfolio includes all aspects of the student success pipeline, including pre-college programs, advising, retention, and placement into career. His goals include increasing the number of graduates, the diversity of graduates, and the career success of graduates of the Maseeh College. He serves on the Portland State University STEM Council.

Professor Hook believes that to broaden participation in higher education we must first broaden participation in primary and secondary education. He is engaged with several pre-college programs that leverage inquiry methods to achieve equity and engagement in STEM. He is Principal Investigator of the Computer Science for Oregon NSF project, which he is pursuing in cooperation with Professor Joanna Goode of the University of Oregon College of Education and Ms. Jill Hubbard of Oregon State University, Cascades Campus. CS for Oregon seeks to broaden student participation in computer science by utilizing the evidence-supported Exploring Computer Science curriculum developed by Goode and Chapman. Professor Hook and Professor Gerry Recktenwald are continuing the Invention Bootcamp project initiated by Professor Nathalie Neve and supported by The Lemelson Foundation. Invention Bootcamp is a free, four-week summer program that introduces students to inquiry-based invention education in a collegiate environment. Hook's understanding of the power of inquiry and invention pedagogy to address issues of equity has been strongly influenced by his engagement with Oregon MESA, which the Maseeh College has hosted since 1989.

Outside of education, Hook's research focuses on the application of mathematics to software development. The goal of that research program is to produce sound techniques for the creation of high-assurance software. Specific areas of expertise include type systems, programming languages and logics, functional programming, and domain-specific languages. Hook has taught a wide range of courses, including topics in theoretical computer science, programming language semantics, logic and software process improvement.

Hook graduated from the University of Washington in 1980. He received his master's degree in 1985 and Ph.D. in 1988 from Cornell University. In 1989 he joined the Oregon Graduate Institute (then known as the Oregon Graduate Center). Hook served as director of the Pacific Software Research Center (PacSoft) and head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Hook joined the Portland State University Department of Computer Science in September 2004. He has served as Associate Dean of the Maseeh College since July 2012. He served as Interim Dean of the college in July and August, 2018.

Hook's outside interests include choral music and cycling. He is chair of the Board of Directors of Willson House, which operates a Residential Care Facility in Salem, Oregon. He also serves on the boards of the Bach Cantata Choir and the ACE Mentor Program.