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Dr Carol Spradling

Dr. Carol Spradling retired in 2020 as a professor of computer science and information systems in the School of Computer Science and Information Systems after 32 years as a faculty member at Northwest. Hired as an instructor in 1988, she advanced her faculty ranking to assistant professor in 1999, associate professor in 2009 and professor in 2016. She also served as a provost fellow in 2014 and was named director of the School of Computer Science Information Systems in 2016.

In addition to her numerous publications, Spradling received the Booth College of Professional and Applied Studies’ Research Award in 2009 and 2010. She received the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Computers and Society Outstanding Service Award in 2011 as well as Google Grants in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 and a National Science Foundation C-Stem Grant in 2011. She also co-founded the Missouri Iowa Nebraska Kansas Women in Computing Conference and served at the highest levels with the Consortium for Computer Science in Colleges and ACM’s Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education.

Her accolades include receiving the 2012 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education and the Northwest Alumni Association’s Distinguished Faculty Award in 2015. In 2018, she was honored by Central Exchange with a STEMMy award, a recognition of trailblazing, innovating women who set trends and break barriers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or medicine. In 2023, the Northwest Alumni Association recognized Spradling with the Distinguished Faculty Emeritus Award.

Spradling completed her master’s degree in school computer studies at Northwest in 1988 and holds a Ph.D. in instructional technology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She also served as a member of the Northwest Foundation’s Board of Directors from 2016 until 2021.
Scholarships associated with Dr Carol Spradling
  • Women in Computing Scholarship
  • Diversity in Computing Scholarship