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Starr Roxanne Hiltz

Born: c. 1943

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Sociologist, Computer Programmer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Mother of on-line education

Sociologist Starr Roxanne Hiltz conceived the idea of virtual classrooms, and designed, implemented, and studied the first on-line education systems. She has conducted extensive work in development of on-line education programs, and studied the social impacts of computer technology and computer-mediated communication. Her husband, Murray Turoff, developed the Emergency Management Information System and Reference Index (EMISARI).

Husband: Murray Turoff (computer scientist)

    High School: Baldwin High School, Baldwin, NY (1960)
    University: BA Sociology, Vassar College (1963)
    University: MS Sociology, Columbia University (1964)
    University: PhD Sociology, Columbia University (1969)
    Teacher: Sociology, Columbia University (1964-65)
    Teacher: Sociology, Princeton University (1976-77)
    Teacher: Sociology, Upsala College (1973-81)
    Professor: Sociology, Upsala College (1981-85)
    Professor: Computer and Information Science, New Jersey Institute of Technology (1985-2007)
    Teacher: Business Management, Rutgers University (1988-2009)

    EFF Pioneer Award 1994
    Rodale Award for Creative Achievement 1990
    American Association of University Professors
    American Sociological Association
    Association for Computing Machinery
    Association for Information Systems
    Association of Internet Researchers
    Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management
    National Institute of Mental Health Fellowship (1964-67)
    Danforth Foundation Fellowship (1963-64)
    National Science Foundation Fellowship (1976-77)
    Phi Beta Kappa Society
    Prudential Consultant (1969-73)

Author of books:
Creating Community Services for Widows (1977)
The Network Nation: Human Communication via Computer (1978, with Murray Turoff)
Computer-Mediated Communication Systems: Status and Evaluation (1982, with Elaine Kerr)
Online Communities: A Case Study of the Office of the Future (1984)
The Virtual Classroom: Learning Without Limits Via Computer Networks (1994)
Learning Together Online: Research on Asynchronous Learning Networks (2005, with Ricki Goldman)
Information Systems for Emergency Management (2009, with Bartel Van de Walle and Murray Turoff)

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