Ingram retires after 34 years teaching math and computer science at Roanoke

Dr. Jane Ingram has been a devoted member of Roanoke College's faculty for more than three decades.

She retires this spring after 34 years teaching computer science and mathematics at the College.

Ingram began working at Roanoke as an assistant professor of mathematics in 1978, and she has remained at the College ever since.

Ingram, a native of Lilesville, N.C., earned a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a master's degree from the University of Massachusetts and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. 

Prior to joining the Roanoke College faculty, she taught in Maryland high schools and as a graduate assistant at the University of Maryland and at the University of Massachusetts.  While teaching at Roanoke, Ingram earned a master's degree in computer science at Virginia Tech.

Ingram, who was chair of the computer science, physics and mathematics department at Roanoke, helped to start the College's computer science major. 

Among other recognitions, Ingram received the Dean's Service Award in 2010, in part for her contributions to Roanoke's Intellectual Inquiry curriculum. Also, she was named the 1986-1987 professor of the year by Roanoke's chapter of Blue Key, a national honor fraternity that recognizes scholarship, leadership and service.

Ingram described her time as a professor as an ongoing learning experience.

"I've enjoyed getting to know all of the different students and figuring out how to teach different students," she said.  "I'm constantly learning new things in computer science.  It has been a challenge, but a challenge I've enjoyed."

Although Ingram will miss Roanoke, she looks forward to having free time for leisure. She plans to spend her days reading for pleasure, gardening and enjoying the outdoors at both her home in Roanoke and at her mother's home in North Carolina.

"I'm looking forward to a change, but will miss the people, students and colleagues," Ingram said.

--Posted May 1, 2012

About the Author

Kristina Breux, a senior from Connecticut, is a student writer in Roanoke's Public Relations office. Breux is majoring in English, with a concentration in marketing, and she is a member of the Phi Mu sorority. She hopes to pursue a career in public relations.

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