Gertrude (Trudy) Abramson began her career in computer education more than 40 years ago. In 1980, she started the first community college computer studies program in the US. In 1985, she completed three graduate degrees at Teachers College, Columbia University culminating in an Ed.D. in Communications, Computing and Technology in Education. She was an assistant professor at Baruch College, CUNY and an associate professor at William Paterson College of New Jersey. In 1994, she was hired as professor, computing technology in education at the Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences (GSCIS) at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Florida.
In her 20 years at NSU, she has mentored more than 100 candidates through the dissertation process. In 2009, one of her illustrious graduates, Wayne Brown, PhD, endowed the Trudy Abramson Scholarship Fund for Excellence in Doctoral Studies in Computing Technology in Education at NSU. In 2012, she was selected as the first Professor of the Year, in recognition of significant contributions to research, scholarship and exceptional instruction at GSCIS, NSU. Her current research areas are under the umbrella of information systems, largely technology-supported development and implementation in healthcare, government, the armed forces, and higher education.
She has maintained an active professional presence as a writer, presenter, and member of the academic community. Since 1989, she has presented at the winter and summer conferences of the Society for Applied Learning Technology (SALT) and was elected to the Board of Directors in 1998. At the August 2004 conference, she delivered the keynote address. Other long-time professional associations include ACM (Association of Computing Machinery), ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education), and AACE (American Association of Computer Education). She is a reviewer for IJEL (International Journal of Electronic Learning), an AACE publication.
Trudy served as editor in chief of HyperNexus: Journal of Hypermedia and Multimedia Studies from 1995 through 1999. In 1998, she was appointed executive editor of the Journal of Instruction Delivery Systems and in 2011, assumed the executive editorship of the Journal of Applied Learning Technology.
Her primary community service is with AMIT, an organization with which she has been involved most of her life. Currently, she is education co-vice president, Southeast Region, a member of the National Board of Governors and of the President’s Circle. AMIT is a network of more than 100 schools, youth villages, and surrogate family residences in Israel. It is the only government-recognized network of religious Jewish education incorporating academic and technological studies.
Since 1985, she has reviewed for Computing Reviews. Among her prized possessions is a mug awarded to her almost 30 years ago. One side reads: Computing Reviews. The Critical Source. The other: Reviewer Excellence 1986. ACM, Association for Computing Machinery, Inc.