Faculty and Staff | Computer Information Systems
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Department: C I S
Phone: (218) 723-6294
Tom Gibbons is the Chair of Undergradute Programs and an Associate Professor at the School of Business and Technology. He has an undergraduate degree Math, Physics and Computer Science from St. John's Univerity, a Masters in Computer Science from the Univerity of Wisconsin-Madison, and a PhD in Computer Science from North Dakota State University. His research interests are in artificial intelligence, CS education and game design.
Tom coordinates summer technology camps at the College of St. Scholastica and also serves on the steering committee for the Midwest Instruction and Computing Symposium.
Department: C I S
Phone: (218) 723-5917
Dr. Diana Johnson, is an associate professor in the Computer Science / Information Systems Department at The College of St. Scholastica where she teaches systems analysis, technology ethics, and computer programming to both Health Informatics and Information Management students and Computer Science students. She has previously held positions as Academic Technology Coordinator, Senior Systems Development Analyst, Systems Analyst, and Programmer/Analyst. She has been a technology educator for 20 years and has received the Business Professionals of America Faculty Award, The College of St. Scholastica Tassie McNamara Faculty Award, and is a multiple year honoree in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. She earned a master’s degree in Educational Media and Technology from The College of St. Scholastica and a doctorate in Education with a specialization in Instructional Design from Capella University. She is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery and Delta Kappa Gamma International.
Diana co-authored the Data and Information Management chapter for the American Health Information Management Association Health Information Management: Concepts, Principles, and Practice textbook and has presented on Multiple Intelligences in the online environment. Her dissertation is titled Designing to Learn: Using Agile Software Engineering Methods for Participatory Instructional Design. Her research interests include agile software engineering methodologies, participatory design, instructional design, and online education.
Diana’s teaching philosophy includes:
My passion is for technology; practicing it, researching it, teaching it and learning all I can about it. It is my hope that I can instill some of that passion and excitement in my students. The most important qualities I can pass on to my students are my love for technology and my devotion to learning. I view teaching as the heart of my academic career and it remains the most stimulating and fulfilling part of my professional life. I can think of no more joyous activity, none that brings more satisfaction, than the opportunity for me to teach.
Department: C I S
Phone: (218) 723-6714
Arshia Khan is an Associate Professor at The College of St. Scholastica,
Duluth-MN. She earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer-Engineering,
M.S. in Computer Science and Ph.D in Information Technology. Her current
research interests include quality of healthcare, avant-garde teaching techniques,
healthcare mobile app-development, and innovative healthcare technology
development. She loves to teach, research and inculcate research interest among
undergraduate students, encouraging and fostering a desire to pursue graduate
Dr. Khan is currently writing a book on iOS programming for the Apple
mobile devices such as the iPhone and the iPad.
Dr. Khan brings global and ethical perspectives to her teaching and research
through international collaborations. Along with technical concepts she strives
at inculcating student interest in developing assistive technologies to benefit
the underprivileged. In one of her research projects she worked with students
in developing an Electronic Health Record (EHR) System for a physician who
volunteers in rural India. This EHR is being implemented in a volunteer support
system of physicians in India. Projects like these not only teach the cutting edge
technologies and issues but also ethical and moral values that are the foundation
of the Benedictine Heritage at CSS.
Dr. Khan is also the author of the C.R.I.S.P.- Culture-Research-Issues(that
are global)-Support-Pedagogy model. This is a research based program with
the main goal of encouraging student interest in graduate school. She applies
this model to the India Study abroad program she created at CSS. This is a
research based program where each student is required to conduct research on
a specific topic of their choice, with a faculty mentor they chose to work with.
This assures that the students learnt a topic in depth while creating and fostering
a mentor student relationship. The goal of this program is teach the students
the research process while increasing their interest in research and a desire
to pursue graduate school. The students not only learn the culture and global
issues, they also learn from the peers who are studying other research topics on
the trip. The students share their research at a poster presentation at CSS called
the India Expo.
Her research interest in the application of mobile technology in the healthcare field has lead her to collaborate with the Center for Health Care Innovation in the development of mobile technology. Currently she is working on multiple mobile research technologies alongside writing the book.
Department: C I S
Phone: (218) 723-6152
Jennifer Rosato is an Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems in the School of Business and Technology. She has an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from St. Scholastica and a Masters of Arts in Information Systems Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Her research interests are in K-12 computer science education, human-computer interaction on the web as well as supporting students in pursuing their own research. She is committed to involving more women and underrepresented minorities in the CS field, especially young women in middle and high schools as well as supporting K-12 educators to integrate and offer computer science in their classroom. She directs an NSF-funded interdisciplinary scholarship program and is dedicated to providing diverse experiences that support students in achieving their career goals.