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March 22, 2012
Dr. Carol Spradling, associate professor of computer science and information systems at Northwest Missouri State University, was recognized March 2 by the Association of Computer Machinery’s (ACM) Special Interest Group on Computers and Society (SIGCAS) as a recipient of its Outstanding Service Award.
The award is presented to a SIGCAS member for outstanding service in carrying out responsibilities that foster the viability of the group and enable it to continue to make a contribution to the field of computing in the context of its stated mission.
Spradling received the award at the 2012 ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) Conference in Raleigh, N.C. Northwest computer science and information systems faculty members Dr. Michael Rogers, Dr. Merry McDonald and Dr. Gary McDonald also attended the conference.
SIGCAS is a special interest group that addresses the social and ethical consequences of widespread computer usage. The group’s goals include raising awareness about the impact that technology has on society and supporting and advancing the efforts of people who are involved in such work.
Spradling has served as the SIGCAS liaison to the ACM Education Council, an international group of about 40 members who advise the education committee – a smaller group that initiates, directs and manages key ACM projects. During the last two years, Spradling has worked with faculty to review and develop new standards for the 2013 computer science curricula for the “social and professional practice” unit.
During her tenure on the ACM Education Council, Spradling has reviewed and contributed updates to computing curricula for information technology, information systems and the two-year community colleges. She also worked on a computing ontology project and served on several subcommittees.
Florence Appel, the past chair of SIGCAS and professor of computer science at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, nominated Spradling for the award.
“In her capacity as an Education Council member, she tirelessly represented the interests of the computer ethics and social impact community, and distinguished herself as a leader in the field of computer science and computer ethics education,” Appel said. “Her commitment to the larger context of computing, whether it be the teaching and pedagogy of computer ethics, the inclusion of women and other under-represented populations in the computing field, or the need for more professionalism among computer science students, is impressive and important. She is a very deserving recipient of this award.”
Spradling also is Northwest’s recipient of the 2012 Governor's Award for Excellence in Education, which she will receive during an April 4 ceremony in Columbia. The Governor’s Award is presented annually to an outstanding faculty member from each of Missouri's four-year higher education institutions.
At Northwest, Spradling teaches courses in java programming, script programming and database systems, along with a special course in professional development. She also serves as one of six faculty advisors working with Knacktive, the University’s student-led, interdisciplinary, strategic communications agency. She co-chaired the first Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas Women in Computing (MINKWIC) conference last fall in Kansas City, Mo.
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