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University of Delaware computer and information sciences professor Lori Pollock.

University of Delaware computer and information sciences professor Lori Pollock has been selected to receive this year's ACM SIGSOFT Influential Educator Award.

Credit: UDaily (DE)

University of Delaware professor Lori Pollock has been named to receive the ACM SIGSOFT Influential Educator Award for mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, innovation in software engineering education, and educational research.

Pollock has documented her educational interventions, data collection, and resulting impacts, in several publications at ACM SIGCSE (the annual conference of the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education). She currently is serving on the Computer Science Teachers Association Task Force for developing standards for K-12 computer science education in the U.S.

Pollock will receive the SIGSOFT award at the International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2016) in Austin, TX, in May.

Sara Sprenkle, who completed a doctoral degree with Pollock and now teaches computer science at Washington and Lee University, views her former professor as a valuable mentor. "I think about what she did for me and adapt those ideas," she says.

The University of Virginia's Mary Lou Soffa, who nominated Pollock for the award, describes her as "an innovator in software engineering education, with particular focus on creating opportunities for students to apply their software engineering skills in service learning, be exposed to real-world software engineering research and practice, and build communication skills through teaching." Soffa also cites Pollock's contributions to mentoring female graduate students through the Computing Research Association-Women (CRA-W), and Pollack's creation of a Virtual Undergraduate Townhall Series.

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