Joyce Currie Little

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Joyce Currie Little is a computer scientist, engineer, and educator. She is a professor and former chairperson in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Towson University in Towson, Maryland.

Background and Education[edit]

She received a B.S. in Mathematics Education from the Northeast Louisiana University in 1957, an M.S. in Applied Mathematics from the San Diego State University in 1963, and a PhD in Educational Administration for Computing Services from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1984.

Career and Achievements[edit]

While in graduate school in San Diego, California, Joyce Currie Little worked in the aerospace industry as a computational test engineer. From 1957 to 1960, she developed programs to analyze data from models being tested in a wind tunnel for Convair Aircraft Corporation in San Diego.

After completing her M.S., Little moved to Maryland and accepted a position at Goucher College teaching statistics and managing a computer center. She also began work on her Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, College Park. In 1967, she became the chairperson of the Computer and Information Systems Department at the Community College of Baltimore. She moved to Towson University in Towson, Maryland, in 1981, where she was named Chairperson of the Department of Computer & Information Sciences in 1984. She has been an active member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for many years, and received their Distinguished Service Award in 1992.[1]

She received the ACM SIGCSE Award for Lifetime Service to the Computer Science Education Community for her contributions to computing in two-year colleges, certification, and professional development. [2]

Research Interests[edit]

Dr. Little's research interests include metrics and assurance for quality in software engineering and social impact and cyber-ethics for workforce education. She has also been a strong advocate for the role of women in computing. Her current activities include a project on the evaluation of computer ethics courses in the Computer Science major at Towson University, and a project on the social impact of certification on the industry.



  1. ^ "Joyce Currie Little". The Ada Project. Retrieved 2011-05-21.
  2. ^ "Lifetime Service". SIGCSE. Archived from the original on 2011-05-01. Retrieved 2011-05-21.

Further reading[edit]

  • Gurer, Denise, "Pioneering Women in Computer Science." ACM SIGCSE Bulletin, Volume 34, Issue 2. ACM Press, 2002.
  • Little, Joyce Currie, "The Role of Women in the History of Computing." Proceedings, Women and Technology: Historical, Societal, and Professional Perspectives. IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, New Brunswick, NJ, July 1999, pp. 202-205.