- ACM Distinguished Member (2018)
- Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award (2018)
- ACM Presidential Award (2016)
- ACM Senior Member (2009)
- 2018 ACM Distinguished Members Recognized for Contributions that Have Revolutionized How We Live, Work and Play
- 2018 Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award
- ACM Presidential Award Recognizes Two Leaders for Contributions in CS Education and European Outreach
USA - 2018Press Release
USA - 2018
For advancing K-12 CS education by founding and developing the Computer Science Teachers Association and incorporating its mission and membership into the ACM professional community.
Dr. Chris Stephenson has expanded the definition of the professional computing community to include K-12 computer science (CS) teachers and education partners, supporting ACM's mission to increase the diversity and perspectives of the community. Chris's work in architecting, founding and nurturing the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) in partnership with ACM into a professional international organization with more than 22,000 members dedicated to supporting teachers and pursuing excellence in K-12 CS education is widely recognized. Her scholarly research contributions, including work on computational thinking in K-12 education, the inaugural CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards and the Running on Empty and Bugs in the System reports, have led to projects, initiatives and policy changes that have deeply and positively impacted K-12 education and educators globally.
With great foresight, Chris recognized long ago that the field of computing extended beyond those with academic degrees in computer science and fostered inclusivity via ACM. Chris has been a tireless and effective community builder. As an outstanding leader and advocate for CS education, she identified the need for, supported, and promoted the development of a robust and multi-faceted community supporting computer science education. Her unique ability to engage academics, industry professionals, policy makers, and K-12 teachers and administrators in a positive and productive dialog has advanced computer science education around the world and expanded the definition of what it is to be a computing professional. The impact of including teachers, education partners, and corporate philanthropy organizations in ACM has been far-reaching, especially as computing has become increasingly ubiquitous across industries and "hybrid" careers requiring computer science skills and business domain expertise have emerged.
USA - 2016
A true visionary and teaching advocate who spirited ACMs lifelong commitment to computer science education, recognizing the need to introduce CS to young students taught by educators with the tools and training to inspire future generations to the wonders of computing.