BIG RAPIDS – Ferris State University’s Dr. James “Jim” Woolen was recently made a Senior Member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest education and scientific computing society.
Woolen, department head of Accountancy, Finance and Information Systems, was considered and awarded this title because he has been a professional member in the ACM, has had more than 34 years of experience in the field, and was given three endorsements from colleagues in the field. The successful candidate for Senior Member must have demonstrated performance that sets them apart from their peers.
By being named a senior member, Woolen joined a distinguished list of colleagues to whom ACM, with its 97,000 members from more than 100 countries, will look to for guidance and leadership in computing and information technology. ACM works to advance computing as a science and a profession. As one of ACM’s prestigious Advanced Member Grades, ACM Senior Member status recognizes the top 25 percent of ACM professional members for their demonstrated excellence in the computing field.
Woolen has taught traditional classroom courses in programming languages (COBOL, BASIC), introduction to Information Technology for non-Computer Information Systems majors and computer concepts. He has also taught online courses in project management.
Ferris State University is a four-year public university with campuses in Big Rapids, Grand Rapids and satellite campuses across the state. Ferris offers more than 170 educational programs, including doctorates, master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees, through nine academic colleges: Allied Health Sciences, Arts, Sciences and Education, Business, Education and Human Services, the Michigan College of Optometry, Pharmacy, Technology, Kendall College of Art and Design, and the College of Professional and Technological Studies. Ferris also has a University College that provides students with instruction in study skills, reading, career exploration and features an Honors Program. Founded in 1884 by educator, Michigan Governor and United States Senator Woodbridge N. Ferris, the University’s mission is to be a national leader in career-oriented, technological and professional education.