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Computer Science Education

Barbara Boucher Owens teaches in the Computer Science department at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. She has been in the computing field since 1967 and has been teaching since 1970. She is chair of the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (ACM/SIGCSE), a past-president of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges, and co-founder of its South Central Conference. Her most recent research grants have been in the areas of ethics in computing and gender issues in computing. She holds a PhD from New York University, MA from the University of Texas at Austin and BA from Ohio Wesleyan University.


PhD ,New York University 1977
MA,The University of Texas at Austin 1967
BA,Ohio Wesleyan University 1965


Associate Professor of Computer Science
Southwestern University
August 01, 1999 - August 31, 2012

Professor of Computer Science
St. Edward's University, Austin, Texas
August 01, 1988 - May 01, 1999

Guest Lecturer, Department of Computer Science
Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
July 01, 1996 - November 01, 1996

Professor of Computer Science
Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY
June 01, 1978 - August 01, 1988

Instructor in Computer Science
Brooklyn College
September 01, 1971 - August 01, 1977


Gender Issues in Computing--Principal Investigator on the Computing Educator's Oral History Project.

Ethical Issues in Computing

Honors & Awards

Principal Investigator NSF Grant 0710536 -- $40,000, "Planning Grant: Computing Educators Oral History Project," February 2007-January 2011.

Recipient Sam Taylor Fellowship, 2003-2004, 2005-2006.
Recipient of Computing Research Association's Grant for Collaborative Research Experience for Women in Undergraduate Computer Science and Engineering   (CREW), 2001-2002.
Outstanding Teacher of the Year, St. Edward's University  School of Natural Sciences, 1994-1995
Co-principal investigator, NSF Instrumentation and Laboratory Improvement Grant "High Performance Workstation Laboratory", 1993
Coalition Coordinator, NSF Faculty Enhancement Grant, "Project for Undergraduate Computer Science Faculty Enhancement and Materials Development in the Central Texas Region", Nell Dale, The University of Texas at Austin, Principle Investigator.
Honoree, Austin University YWCA Leadership Luncheon, June 1990
Member Upsilon Pi Epsilon Computer Science Honorary, October 2001.

Specific subjects or issues you can knowledgeably discuss:

Computer Science Curriculum

Gender Issues in Computing

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