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Dr. Thomas Buck is a member of St. Scholastica's Department of Computer Information Systems. With a PhD specializing in Educational Psychology and Applied Information Systems, his research work is three-fold, (i) STEAM curriculum development through applied technologies; (ii) web-based assessment tools and educational game design; and, (iii) information systems, e-commerce and cultural entrepreneurship. Currently, his projects include developing and maintaining the Learning Games (www.learningames.net/) and the Rubrics for Assessment (www.rubrics4assessment.net/) websites, co-authoring online authentic portfolio systems, as well as working with the MN Judicial Branch 6th District Court in developing and authoring an online DWI screening and referral tool (www.duluthsbirt.net). He also has published a number of peer reviewed studies and books on topics ranging from "Learning Styles and Web-based Learning" to "E-Commerce Analytics and Quantitative Methods" (for a complete list go to: www.tbuck.us).
In addition, as a Cultural Entrepreneur and internationally recognized Conservator of East Asian Historical & Cultural Artifacts (see: www.tsukamaki.net), another one of Dr. Buck's passions is his research on Japanese and Chinese history, philosophy and fine arts. Among his related published works are his books The Art of Tsukamaki and Ancient Japanese Swords and Fittings, both available on Amazon.com.
Tom Gibbons is an Associate Professor at the School of Business and Technology. He has an undergraduate degree Math, Physics and Computer Science from St. John's University, a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Ph.D. 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.
Kris Glesener is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Information Systems department. He enjoys teaching programming, software development, and database classes. Before embarking on a teaching career, Kris was the Technical Lead for a software development team at Hallmark Business Connections. Outside of school, Kris enjoys running and outdoor activities. Kris is the director of the Northern Minnesota Track Club, a trail-running club in the Duluth-Superior area.
Brandon Olson is a Professor of Data Analytics, IT, and Project Management and Director of the Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics and Master of Science in Project Management. His academic interests include data analytics, project management, IT strategy, knowledge management, systems thinking, and online education. Dr. Olson teaches courses that include data analytics, project management, capstone projects, and graduate capstone research. Dr. Olson serves as manager of the local outreach program for the Minnesota chapter of the Project Management Institute. In his spare time, he enjoys running, hiking, cross-country skiing, fishing, and reading.
David J. Vosen MA, Lecturer in the Computer Information Systems Department. He has an undergraduate degree in Chemistry with certificate in German Language and Culture from Carleton College as well as a Masters specializing in Learning Technologies from the University of St. Thomas. His varied academic interests include emerging & adaptive technologies, online education, mobile innovation & integration, web design, multimedia, cognitive science, and environmental science. D.Vo teaches courses on Computer Architecture, Computer Security, Database Modeling & SQL, Computer Software & Applications, and Ecology. He is an author of hundreds of YouTube videos, loves to integrate themed music into his courses with over 75 unique playlists, is a web master & desktop publisher for several nonprofits, and is an active member of the NE MN STEM leadership team. His personal interests include piping on the Great Highland Bagpipe, drumming on Xbox live, swimming, esoteric philosophy, wilderness survival, reading with his daughters, visual arts, off-grid construction, and traveling far & wide.
Adjuncts are listed during semesters in which they teach.
Scott Lee-Eichenwald is an Adjunct Instructor at the School of Business and Technology. His academic interests include IT Security, Human Factors, Mobile Technology, Medical Devices, EMR/EHR Systems, and Project Management. Scott teaches courses that include IT Ethics and Security, Mobile Systems and Health Information Security Systems. In his spare time, Scott likes spending time with his family, watching the MN Wild, outdoor activities, and travel.
Joelle McGovern, MEd, has been teaching for the Dignitas program since 2013. She earned her bachelor’s degree in computer information systems and her master’s degree in education from The College of St. Scholastica. In Joelle’s 16 plus years of working with college students at CSS, she has gained experience in online instruction, strategic planning, project management, residential life and academic advising. Currently she serves as an adjunct instructor for the Computer Information Systems Department at The College of St. Scholastica.
Joelle's inspiration for designing Star Wars and Servant Leadership comes from various professional development training opportunities received while working as a student affairs professional along with Matt Stover's book adaptation for Episode III Revenge of the Sith. Joelle’s teaching style is influenced by the work of Geneva Gay's research on Culturally Relevant Pedagogy. Joelle agrees with Gay's theory that students need to experience a safe and inclusive learning community that offers students opportunities to connect new information to their own lived experiences. This includes providing students access to course materials through multiple forms of presentation and designing learning activities that allow students the freedom to demonstrate their knowledge and critical thinking through various mediums. Students can expect to feel comfortable, challenged, and receive prompt, yet formative feedback.
Joelle's goals for the students enrolled in her class are that they will apply key principles of servant leadership into their daily lives and begin to recognize moments of authentic joy.
Office Hours: by appointment
David Mellender is an Adjunct Instructor with the School of Business and Technology, teaching online courses in project management to BS and MS candidates. His academic interests include project management, original research, and complexity theory.
Dr. Mellender is a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) with focus in Project Management. He also holds an MS in Technology Management, a BA in Business and Management, and an AA in Communications Applications. Dr. Mellender completed most of his coursework online through distance learning while serving on active duty in the Air Force.
Dr. Mellender holds certifications as a Project Management Professional and a Project Management Institute Agile Certified Practitioner. In his spare time, Dr. Mellender enjoys swimming, reading, and spending time with his family.
Dr. Rao Nemani is an Adjunct Instructor of Computer Information Systems at the School of Business and Technology. His academic interests include Enterprise Information Management, Organizational Transformation, Knowledge Management, IT Strategy and Governance, Project Management, Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence and Health Care and Business Analytics / Informatics. Dr. Nemani teaches courses include Database Modeling, Transforming the Organization, and Managing Technical Teams. In his spare time, Dr. Nemani likes traveling and exploring new places, going for a long drive in car, volunteering and gardening.