Sloan Professor of Business
Professor of Computer Information Science
Chair, Division of Professional Studies
Sloan Center for Science & Professional Studies
A.A. - Williams Baptist College
B.S. & M.S. - University of Arkansas
Ph.D. - Georgia State University
Teaching at Williams since 2000
Areas of scholarship or expertise:
Systems analysis, database development, website development
Hobbies and outside interests:
Family, music, travel, remodeling old houses, small sports cars, motorcycles
Favorite book genre:
Mysteries from authors such as Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Mary Roberts Rinehart, and Ngaio Marsh
Why I chose mathematics as my college major:
Because I enjoyed the topic and felt there were opportunities for math teachers.
Why I chose to study computer information systems:
Because I am amazed at the almost magical outcomes possible through the use of information technology. I still get excited when software I write actually does something.
Hardest class I took in college:
Abstract Algebra, because at the time I took the course, my thinking processes were still very concrete and had not reached a sufficient maturity to work in theoretical math.
Most enjoyable class I took in college:
I cannot choose a class. It could have been "Mystery and Detective Fiction," taken as part of my English minor as an undergraduate. This is still one of my favorite genres. What a wonderful way to get college credit by reading works I wanted to read anyway! Another favorite class could have been "Handbells." I still love to hear bells and to experience the special camaraderie of being part of a performance group. And finally, as a "visiting" student, I loved "Life of Christ" because it opened my eyes to many aspects of the Gospels I had never perceived before.
Why I enjoy teaching at Williams:
Because I have a chance not only to share the subject matter, but also to build relationships with my students. The size of our program and classes allows me to spend a great deal of time with each of the majors in my area.