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'Interacting With Students Provides Rewards That Are Hard to Beat'

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Baldwin Wallace University computer science professor Jodi Tims.

Baldwin Wallace University computer science professor and ACM Council on Women in Computing chair Jodi Tims is sad to see so few women in computing these days.

Credit: Nathan Parsons

In an interview, Baldwin Wallace University's Jodi Tims, chair of ACM's Council on Women in Computing (ACM-W), discusses how an academic career in computer science offers exceptional rewards.

"The number-one [reward] is the students," she says. "Not only do they keep me young (or at least I want to believe they do), but watching them develop and succeed after graduation provides that intrinsic reward that comes with having the opportunity to make a small difference in someone's life."

Tims acknowledges the modern world sometimes devalues an academic career in computing, but she contends, "if an individual has a passion for helping others develop their potential, then an academic career is worth considering."

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