Judith Gersting

Judith Lee MacKenzie Gersting (born August 20, 1940)[1] is an American mathematician, computer scientist, and textbook author. She is a professor emerita of computer science at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis[2] and at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.[3]

Education and careerEdit

Gersting graduated from Stetson University in 1962,[4] and completed a Ph.D. in mathematics in 1969 at Arizona State University. Her dissertation, Some Results on  -Regressive Isols, concerned recursive function theory and was supervised by Matt Hassett.[5][6]

After holding a faculty position in the department of mathematical sciences at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) for ten years, and becoming a full professor there, she spent a year at the University of Central Florida before returning to IUPUI in 1981 as professor of mathematics and acting chair of the department of computer and information science.[4] She came to the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo in 1990,[7] and chaired the computer science department there for many years. After retiring from the University of Hawaiʻi, she became a part-time faculty member at IUPUI,[3] before retiring from there as well.[2]


Gersting's books include:

  • Abstract Algebra: A First Look (with Joseph E. Kuczkowski, Marcel Dekker, 1977)[8]
  • The Metric System (with Elaine V. Alton, Cummings, 1977)[9]
  • Yes–No; Stop–Go: Some Patterns in Mathematical Logic (with Joseph E. Kuczkowski and Don Madden, Crowell, 1977)[10]
  • Mathematical Structures for Computer Science (W. H. Freeman, 1982; 7th ed., 2014)[11]
  • Technical Calculus with Analytic Geometry (Wadsworth, 1984; Dover, 1992)[12]
  • The Computer: History, Workings, Uses & Limitations (with Michael C. Gemignani, Ardsley House, 1988)[13]
  • The Programming Process with Pascal (West Publishing, 1989)
  • Invitation to Computer Science (with G. Michael Schneider, West Publishing, 1995; 8th ed., Cengage, 2018)
  • Visual Basic Programming: A Laboratory Approach (Computer Science Press, 1996)

With Henry M. Walker, she was co-chair and co-editor of the annual symposium on computer science education of SIGCSE in 2002.[14]


The University of Hawaii system awarded Gersting the Regents’ Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006.[7]


  1. ^ Birth date from Library of Congress catalogy entry, retrieved 2021-03-09
  2. ^ a b "Judith Gersting, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Computer & Information Science", People Directory, IUPUI School of Science, retrieved 2021-03-09
  3. ^ a b Dr. Judith Gersting, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Computer Science & Engineering, retrieved 2021-03-09
  4. ^ a b "Three directors named by board", Green Sheet, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, 11 (32): 1, 16 August 1981, hdl:2450/8512
  5. ^ Judith Gersting at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  6. ^ King, Amy C.; McCroskey, Rosemary (1976), "Woman Ph.D.'s in mathematics in USA and Canada: 1886–1973", Philosophia Mathematica, s1-13-14 (1): 79–129, doi:10.1093/philmat/s1-13-14.1.79
  7. ^ a b "Gersting receives UH Regents' Excellence in Teaching Award", News and Events, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, 18 May 2006, retrieved 2021-03-09
  8. ^ Reviews of Abstract Algebra: T. W. Hungerford, MR0441596; D. Simson, Zbl 0354.00005
  9. ^ Review of The Metric System: Loren C. Larson (1977), Amer. Math. Monthly, JSTOR 2321279
  10. ^ "Outstanding science trade books for children in 1977", Science and Children, 15 (6): 27–30, March 1978, JSTOR 43161980
  11. ^ Reviews of Mathematical Structures for Computer Science: Miklós Bóna (2012), MAA Reviews, [1]; Edward Dubinsky (1984), Amer. Math. Monthly, doi:10.2307/2322156, JSTOR 2322156; U.Klemm, Zbl 0649.68001; E. Keith Lloyd (1988), Math. Gaz., doi:10.2307/3618023, JSTOR 3618023; Anthony Ralston (1983), American Scientist, JSTOR 27852312
  12. ^ Review of Technical Calculus with Analytic Geometry: Hung Dinh (1993), Amer. Math. Monthly, JSTOR 2324233
  13. ^ Review of The Computer: Harold Borko, ACM Computing Reviews
  14. ^ SIGCSE '02: Proceedings of the 33rd SIGCSE technical symposium on Computer science education, Association for Computing Machinery, 2002, doi:10.1145/563340, ISBN 978-1-58113-473-5