Gloria Townsend

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Gloria Townsend
Gloria Childress Townsend
Alma materIndiana University
Known forWork in the field of evolutionary computation
AwardsSIGCSE Award for Lifetime Service to Computer Science Education (2019)
Scientific career
FieldsEvolutionary computation
InstitutionsDePauw University

Gloria Townsend is an American computer scientist and professor in the department of Computer Science at DePauw University in Indiana. She is known for her work in evolutionary computation and her involvement with women in computing. She has served on the Executive Committee of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Council on Women in Computing. She is the author of One Hundred One Ideas for Small Regional Celebrations of Women in Computing.[1] In 2013, she received the Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Tucker Jr. Distinguished Career Award for notable contributions to DePauw through her commitments to students, teaching excellence, their chosen disciplines, and service to the University.[2]

In 2006, she organized several new regional celebrations of Women in Computing (WiC) to coincide with the international Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference. In 2010, the United States National Science Foundation awarded funding to extend the celebrations to cover 12 regions as a joint effort by ACM-W, ABI, and NCWIT.[3],[4]


  • 1998. Turning liabilities into assets in a general education course, SIGCSE '98 Proceedings of the twenty-ninth SIGCSE technical symposium on Computer science education, Pages 58–62, ACM New York, NY, USA, 1998.
  • 2002. People who make a difference: mentors and role models, ACM SIGCSE Bulletin - Women and Computing Homepage archive, Volume 34 Issue 2, Pages 57–61, ACM New York, NY, USA, June 2002.
  • 2007. Leveling the CS1 playing field, SIGCSE '07 Proceedings of the 38th SIGCSE technical symposium on Computer science education, Pages 331-335, ACM New York, NY, USA, 2007.

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  1. ^ Gloria Childress Townsend. "One Hundred One Ideas for Small Regional Celebrations of Women in Computing" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  2. ^ "Profs. David Harvey & Gloria Townsend Honored with Tucker Distinguished Career Award". DePauw University. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  3. ^ Aspray, William (July 11, 2016). Women and Underrepresented Minorities in Computing: A Historical and Social Study. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. ISBN 978-3-319-24809-7.
  4. ^ "The Grace Hopper Regional Consortium: A National Science Foundation Broadening Participation in Computing Alliance". Computing Research News. Computing Research Association. Retrieved 15 June 2017.

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