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Joan Langdon

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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Math Professor
Education Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fruit
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Alaska
Favorite Quote:
God bless the child who has his own.

Birthplace

Born:
8/1/1951
Birth Location:
Marion, South Carolina

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Math Professor
Education Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fruit
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Alaska
Favorite Quote:
God bless the child who has his own.

Birthplace

Born:
8/1/1951
Birth Location:
Marion
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Biography

Mathematician and education administrator Joan Sterling Langdon was born on August 1, 1951 in Marion, South Carolina. After graduating from Hampton University with her B.A. degree in 1973, she enrolled in the College of William & Mary where she received her M.A. degree in 1977. Langdon went on to graduate from Old Dominion University with her M.S. degree in 1985, and American University with her Ph.D. degree in 1989.

Langdon began her career in higher education as an instructor at Rappahannock Community College in 1977. From 1979 to 1985, she was appointed instructor/lecturer at Hampton University where she also served as the first director of the Mathematics/Science Laboratory. After completing her doctorate at American University in 1989, Langdon joined the Bowie State University community as an Associate Professor in 1989. During her tenure at Bowie State University, she has served in several administrative positions, including as Director of the Summer Institute in Engineering and Computer Applications Program; Coordinator of the Computer Science program in the Department of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Computer Science; and, as the Faculty Administrative Intern. In 1994, she initiated the Senior Year Progression and Transition Program (SYPAT) and served as coordinator of the program. While there, Langdon served as Founding Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. In 2006, she was appointed as Director of the Title III Program and Director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Langdon has also served as chair and/or as a member of numerous committees at Bowie State University and in the University System of Maryland. She was appointed as a curriculum, proposal, and paper reviewer for the Maryland State Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), respectively. In 1996, she was appointed to the ACM National Program Committee for SIGCSE. In addition, she has made presentations at all levels of higher education, participated in numerous workshops and conferences, published in conference proceedings, and developed software programs. She has also served as the principal investigator or co-principal investigator for several grants and sub-contracts, and has authored technical reports.

In 1999, Langdon received the ROTC Army Achievement Medal. Bowie State University honored her with the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2003 and the Distinguished Services Award for Outstanding and Dedicated Leadership in 2012. In 2007, she was awarded the NASA Administration Diversity Enhancement Award.

Langdon is married to Larry L. Langdon. They have four daughters: Tomaysa Sterling, Yvonne Langdon, Yvette Langdon, and Heather Langdon.

Joan Sterling Langdon was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 22, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Joan Langdon's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Joan Langdon lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Joan Langdon describes her mother's family background - part one
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Joan Langdon describes her mother's family background - part two
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Joan Langdon talks about her maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Joan Langdon talks about her maternal grandmother's lineage and her grandfather's service in World War I
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Joan Langdon talks about his grandfather purchasing land in South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Joan Langdon talks about her mother's growing up in Marion, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Joan Langdon describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Joan Langdon describes her father's growing up on a farm, his livelihood as a farmer, and his purchase of land in Marion, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Joan Langdon talks about her father's desire to become a brain surgeon, his aptitude for math, and her parents' home remedies for illnesses
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Joan Langdon describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Joan Langdon talks about church and about the name "Marion"
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Joan Langdon describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Joan Langdon describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Joan Langdon talks about her siblings - part one
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Joan Langdon talks about her siblings - part two
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Joan Langdon describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Joan Langdon talks about her interest in television as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Joan Langdon talks about reading her older siblings' textbooks
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Joan Langdon describes her experience in elementary school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Joan Langdon talks about her interest in math in school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Joan Langdon talks about being removed from the Civil Rights Movement, segregation in South Carolina, and growing up attending segregated schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Joan Langdon describes her experience in middle school and high school - part one
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Joan Langdon describes her experience in middle school and high school - part two
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Joan Langdon talks about the teachers who influenced her in school, and her decision to attend Hampton University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Joan Langdon talks about her initial experience at Hampton University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Joan Langdon talks about her mentors, Geraldine Darden and Genevieve Knight at Hampton University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Joan Langdon talks about her social experience at Hampton University and the teachers who influenced her confidence in school and college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Joan Langdon talks about the encouragement that she received from her math teacher, Geraldine Darden, at Hampton University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Joan Langdon talks about her academic performance at Hampton University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Joan Langdon talks about her experience of taking a computer science class at Hampton University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Joan Langdon talks about getting married, graduating from Hampton University, and pursuing graduate studies at The College of William and Mary
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Joan Langdon talks about teaching mathematics at Rappahannock Community College and at Hampton University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Joan Langdon talks about attending Old Dominion University for her master's degree in computer science
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Joan Langdon talks about the evolution of computer science in the 1980s and later
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Joan Langdon talks about how she decided to pursue her Ph.D. degree in computer science at American University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Joan Langdon discusses her experience in the Ph.D. program in computer science at American University and African American female Ph.D.s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Joan Langdon talks about Dr. Mary Gray and her class of African American female graduates at American University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Joan Langdon talks about balancing her family life and children with graduate school at American University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Joan Langdon talks about the success of the Patricia Roberts Harris Fellowship program at American University while she was there
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Joan Langdon talks about her doctoral dissertation at American University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Joan Langdon talks about Bowie State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Joan Langdon talks about STEM education at Bowie State University, and her involvement with the SIECA program
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Joan Langdon talks about receiving the NASA Diversity Award
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Joan Langdon talks about serving on the University of Maryland System Chancellor's Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Joan Langdon talks about the Maryland Collaborative for Teacher Preparation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Joan Langdon talks about becoming a full professor at Bowie State University and her involvement in professional mathematical societies
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Joan Langdon talks about her work-load at Bowie State University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Joan Langdon talks about serving as the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Bowie State University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Joan Langdon talks about her involvement in the 'Writing Across the Curriculum' initiative
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Joan Langdon talks about her involvement with the military science department at Bowie State University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Joan Langdon talks about serving as the interim director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at Bowie State University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Joan Langdon talks about her involvement with the NASA Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program and other university programs
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Joan Langdon describes her service as the director of Title III programs at Bowie State University and as the acting director of the office of research
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Joan Langdon talks about the major sources of grants at Bowie State University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Joan Langdon talks about African American doctoral graduates in the computer science department at Bowie State University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Joan Langdon talks about her teaching and administrative responsibilities at Bowie State University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Joan Langdon talks about her plans for the future
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Joan Langdon reflects upon her career and her choices
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Joan Langdon talks about her family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Joan Langdon reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Joan Langdon describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Joan Langdon talks about attending the HERS program at Bryn Mawr College
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Joan Langdon talks about how she would like to be remembered