Title: Must There Be So Few? Including Women in CS
Joanne McGrath Cohoon is a sociologist who studies higher education,
gender, and technology. She earned her BA in Philosophy from Ramapo College
of New Jersey; her MA in Student Personnel Administration from Teacher's
College, Columbia University; and her Ph.D. in Sociology from the
University of Virginia in 2000. Dr. Cohoon has held professional positions
in higher education as a researcher, administrator, and instructor at a
women's college, a survey research center, a center for public service, and
a continuing education program. She is currently a Research Assistant
Professor in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia.
Her research has been funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the
National Science Foundation. She is a member of the ACM, SIGCSE, and
sociological and higher education professional organizations. Dr. Cohoon's
email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Abstract of Talk:
Women's participation in undergraduate computing is low and likely to
continue declining. However, this situation is not due to intractable
gender differences. Academic computing departments can effectively recruit
and retain female students. Dr. Cohoon will describe the current state of
affairs and discuss how and why departments can act to reverse this trend.