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Carol Spradling '88

Carol Spradling '88


Orange City, Iowa

Current City

Maryville, Missouri

Northwest Foundation Board Member

Board member since 2015

Board Involvement

  • Academic Champions Committee
  • Invest in Northwest Committee
  • Advancement Committee
  • Governance Committee
  • Cybersecurity Subcommittee


  • Ph.D. Instructional Technology; University of Nebraska – Lincoln,  2007
  • M.S. School of Computer Studies; Northwest Missouri State University, 1988
  • B.S. Accounting, Economics; Buena Vista University, 1975


Carol Spradling is Professor and Director of the School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Northwest Missouri State University. She is known for her work with computer ethics, profession-based education, digital media, database systems, project management and expanding the involvement of underrepresented groups and women in computing. Dr. Spradling teaches computer science courses and served as a provost fellow and a liaison to the Northland Center for Advanced Professional Studies program from 2014-2016.

Spradling with other faculty developed new programs and courses such as the Interactive Digital Media major, the Masters of Science in Applied Computer Science and the Knacktive course. Additionally, Spradling with other faculty developed several interdisciplinary minors that involve computer technology. In the national computer science field, Spradling has also contributed to computer science social issues and professional practice standards in the 2013 Computer Science Curricula.

Spradling is a co-founder of the Missouri Iowa Nebraska Kansas Women in Computing Conference, a regional meeting that was started in 2011 is held biannually. The four state conference gathers students, faculty, and technology leaders as part of a nationwide effort to address the decline of women in the computer science professions and discuss strategies for improving representation in the field from underrepresented groups. She supports the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Academic Alliance and the NCWIT High School Aspirations Awards for Western Missouri and Kansas.

Why are you "forever green"?

Northwest has been my home for 30+ years, first as a student and now as a faculty and leader. My Northwest experiences provided opportunities to develop leadership, team-work, communication, problem solving and technical skills as I collaborated with students, staff, faculty and industry professional on diverse and interesting university projects. I received mentoring from some exceptional staff, faculty and industry professionals. For these reasons, I am grateful for the many opportunities that Northwest has provided me.