Sharon J. Simmons
Sharon Simmons is the JMU Computer Science Academic Unit Head (Department Chair). She also teaches the first introductory computer science course and in upper level courses such as Programming Languages in a study abroad to England and Computer Systems 2. Dr. Simmons has a long track record of supporting initiatives to increase participation in computer science through more diverse enrollment, and more intentional retention. She has served as Chair, Co-chair, and other vital roles to support the regional conference: the ACM Capital Region Celebration of Women in Computing (CAPWIC). Dr. Simmons is also a member of the JMU CS NCWIT Extension Services working group and the recipient of the JMU CISE Dean's Diversity Award for recognition of outstanding achievement.