Gloria Townsend

Recipient of the 2019 SIGCSE Award for Lifetime Service to the Computer Science Education Community
Professor of Computer Science
DePauw University

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SIGCSE addresses gender issues in computing year after year. At DePauw University, we learned from SIGCSE’s lessons – and those taught by ACM’s Council on Women in Computing – and recently awarded 47% of our computer science undergraduate degrees to women. This talk provides a rapid-fire countdown of ten of our most effective strategies that created our 47% class.


Gloria Childress Townsend, Professor of Computer Science, has taught at DePauw University for thirty-nine years and chaired her department for seven years. She founded ACM Celebrations and chaired the ACM-W Chapters project, during her seventeen-year tenure with ACM’s Council on Women in Computing. Her research interests include evolutionary computation and gender issues in computing.