Biography:Susan H. Rodger

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Susan H. Rodger
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Susan H. Rodger
Columbia, South Carolina, United States
Alma materNorth Carolina State University
Purdue University
Known forComputer Science Education and the software JFLAP
AwardsACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award (2014)
ACM Distinguished Educator (2006)
Scientific career
FieldsComputer Science
InstitutionsDuke University
Doctoral advisorGreg N. Frederickson

Susan H. Rodger is an American computer scientist known for work in computer science education including developing the software JFLAP[1][2] for over twenty years. JFLAP is educational software for visualizing and interacting with formal languages and automata. Rodger is also known for peer-led team learning in computer science[3] and integrating computing into middle schools and high schools with Alice.[4] She is also currently serving on the board of CRA-W and was chair of ACM SIGCSE from 2013 to 2016.[5]


Rodger was born in Columbia, South Carolina. She received a B.S. in computer science and a B.S. in mathematics from North Carolina State University in 1983. She received a M.S. in computer science from Purdue University in 1985 and a Ph.D. in computer science from Purdue University in 1989.[6][7]

She immediately joined the Department of Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as an assistant professor. In 1994 she moved to Duke University as an assistant professor of the Practice of Computer Science. She was promoted to associate professor of the practice of computer science in 1997 and to professor of the practice in 2008.[7]


2006: Rodger was named an ACM Distinguished Member.[8][9]
2007: Finalist in the NEEDS Premier Award for Excellence in Engineering Education Courseware (for the software JFLAP).[10]
2014: ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award.[11]
2019: IEEE Computer Society Taylor L. Booth Education Award.[12][13][14]
2019: David and Janet Vaughan Brooks Award [15]

See also


  1. JFLAP web page:
  2. Susan Rodger; Thomas Finley (2006). JFLAP – An Interactive Formal Languages and Automata Package. Jones and Bartlett. ISBN 0763738344. 
  3. "Using Peer-Led Team Learning to Increase Participation and Success of Under-Represented Groups in Introductory Computer Science". Fortieth SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education: 163–167. 
  4. Susan Rodger; Melissa Dalis; Chitra Gadwal; Jenna Hayes; Peggy Li; Liz Liang; Francine Wolfe; Wenhui Zhang (2012). "Integrating Computing into Middle Schools Disciplines Through Projects". Forty-third SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education: 421–426. 
  5. ACM SIGCSE Web Page
  6. "Susan Rodger (0000-0002-2524-7718)" (in en). 
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Susan H. Rodger" (in en). Duke University. 
  8. Duke press release:
  9. ACM Distinguished member page:
  10. JFLAP press release:
  11. ACM announcement:
  12. IEEE CS announcement:
  13. "Susan H. Rodger Wins Booth Education Award" (in en-US). 
  14. Cameron, Lori. "Duke U.'s Susan H. Rodger Wins Award" (in en-US). 
  15. Duke Announcement:

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