Rodger Named ACM Outstanding Educator

April 16, 2014

ACM (the Association for Computing Machinery) has named Susan H. Rodger a recipient of the 2013 Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award for her contributions to the teaching of computer science theory in higher education, and the development of computer science education in primary and secondary schools.

Rodger and her students developed JFLAP (Java Formal Languages and Automata Package), an interactive software tool that allows students to construct and test examples of automata and grammars. These concepts are foundational to the design of software components, such as compiler parts. Intended primarily for undergraduate students or as an advanced topic for high school, JFLAP is used worldwide in computer science theory, compiler, and discrete mathematics courses.

Through workshops for faculty development, Rodger's work contributed to the creation of a professional community around the use of visualizations to teach algorithms. She also leads efforts to introduce the programming language Alice in primary and secondary schools.

Rodger, a professor of the practice of computer science, is currently chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), a board member of CRA-W and a member of the ACM Education Policy Committee.

The Karl V. Karlstom Outstanding Educator Award is presented annually to an outstanding educator who advanced new teaching methodologies; effected new curriculum development or expansion in computer science and engineering; or made a significant contribution to the educational mission of ACM.

The award will be presented at the ACM Awards Banquet June 21 in San Francisco, CA.

Read more on the ACM Awards site.