Dr. Jim Huggins, Professor of Computer Science at Kettering University, was selected to participate in the College Board’s Annual AP Reading in Computer Science – the 12th year he’s been a part of the program.
Each June, AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather in the United States to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP Exams – work that Huggins has found incredibly rewarding.
“The work itself is remarkably stimulating,” Huggins said. “It's amazing how many different ways there are to solve a given problem and students find them all.”
AP Readers are high school and college educators who represent many of the world’s leading academic institutions. The AP Reading is a unique form in which an academic dialogue between educators is both fostered and encouraged.
“The Reading draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers and professors that the world has to offer,” said Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President, AP and Instruction at the College Board. “It fosters professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas, and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching. We are very grateful for the contributions of talented educators like Dr. Jim Huggins.”
By becoming a reader, Huggins has also gained professionally by being exposed to new methods of solving problems.
“Seeing all of the different solutions also has taught me a lot about problem solving in general and specifically the programming language Java,” Huggins said.
Huggins has stayed involved in the program for over a decade because of the positive relationships he’s formed with peers who are equally passionate and dedicated to teaching students. Huggins credits the work environment and network created by the College Board for his continued participation in the program.
“The readers who participate every year are simply the best high school and university instructors in the country,” Huggins said. “The passion that they have for computer science, for teaching, and for their students is stimulating and inspiring and encouraging. It has become another family for me --- a family I eagerly anticipate seeing every year.”