Distinguished Educator Award

Given by ACM SIGPLAN to recognize the value and degree of services to the Programming Languages Community. The award recognizes contributions to ACM SIGPLAN, its conferences, publications, or its local activities. The award includes a prize of $2,500.

We define contributions in the broadest sense. In particular we wish to recognize:

  • Pedagogy about programming languages
  • Pedagogy using novel programming languages ideas
  • Pedagogy as broadly construed:
    • both curriculum and delivery
    • classroom (school, undergraduate, graduate)
    • on-line courses
    • on-line blogs/videos, etc.

Selection Committee
The Award Committee will consist of a chair who is a member of the SIGPLAN Executive Committee and members who are selected by the chair and approved by the SIGPLAN Executive Committee. The SIGPLAN chair is an ex officio member of the committee and shall adjudicate conflicts of interest, appointing substitutes to the committee as necessary.


Please use http://awards.sigplan.org/ to submit nominations. Nominations submitted by January 5th will be considered for that year’s award. A nomination for the distinguished educator award that is not awarded will remain under consideration for 3 years. This means that an otherwise strong nominee is not blocked if they happen to be nominated at the same time as a truly outstanding one. Conversely, if no nominee is strong enough, then there should be no award.

Each nomination should consist of the following items:

  • Name, address, phone number, and email address of the person making the nomination (the nominator).
  • Name, address, phone number, email address, and web site address of the candidate for whom an award is recommended (the nominee).
  • A short statement (400-1000 words) explaining why the nominee deserves the award in question. This should include any information about the context of the work to help the Award Committee understand its significance.
  • Names and email addresses of 5-10 people who the nominator believes will support the nomination. The awards committee will ask at least three of these people for their opinions.

The candidate may be nominated simultaneously for other awards, such as the ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award.