Commitment to the College

Contribution to Committees

Since I joined the college in the fall of 2008, I have been involved with the statewide curriculum committees. At first, since I was the only Information Security program chair in the state, I would attend the Computer Information Technology committee meeting. This was important because many of the CINT "branded" classes were part of the Information Security Curriculum, and I needed to ensure any changes to the classes would not affect the security program.

Until the fall semester of 2012, I served as the program chair for the Information Security program at the Columbus campus and was instrumental in forging the road for five more regions to now offer the program. In Fall, 2012, I became the state-wide lead chair for the Information Security Program.

In the fall of 2014, the CINT/CINS program was re-imagined and pulled into its own school, The School of Computing and Informatics. The school was created with eight new degree programs, replacing the existing four. We now offer Cybersecurity/Information Assurance, Software Development, IT Support, Database Management, Server/Systems Administration, Network Infrastructure, Informatics, and Computer Science. I am the statewide lead chair in my second term for the Cybersecurity program. Throughout my tenure as the statewide lead chair, I have led the program (along with the hard work of the other IT chairs around the state) to have a statewide enrollment of 915 students (see three year report at the link on the left). I have put the Fall 2017 Cybersecurity Curriculum Report on the link at the left. We also designated as a Center of Cybersecurity Excellence for 2 Year institutions in 2012, and recently renewed in June, 2017. This is a designation awarded by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security and is recognized nation-wide. See the acceptance photo and the photo of the certificate below.

The School of Information Technology and its programs are a bit different than other programs in that the curriculum is very inter-mixed. What I mean by that is that in the Cybersecurity program, we don't just have CSIA (the Cybersecurity prefix for classes) courses. We also have courses from most of the other disciplines. As such, I attend eight curriculum meetings in the fall, spring and summer and also the lead chair meetings as needed. During those meetings I am typically the minute-taker. I have attached some minutes to the left.

I have served on a faculty search committee for a new Information Security faculty for the Terre Haute region.

I have participated in two faculty search committees for IT faculty for Columbus and most recently, am on the search committee for a new Business faculty.

I participated on an advisory board in 2012 to figure out how to create a “new” Health Information Technology certificate. The HIT program at the time did not meet current customer’s needs. One idea we had was to create a certificate that would be available in both the Computer Information Technology program and the Health Information Technology program to provide cross-training.

Contribution to Professional and/or Civic Organizations

I mentioned my participation with the City of Columbus and the State of Indiana, as well as IAAP in Standard 1, Community Service. Working with these entities gives linkages between the college and the community.

Engagement with External Community Partners

There have been two major engagement opportunities in the past few years.  The first is being recipients of a TAACCT round 1 and round 4 grant. These grants funded the ability for us to have the labs and data center we have today. What is even more interesting is that part of the round 4 grant, there was money to pay technicians to install the lab equipment and data center. Everything you see in the pictures below were done by Ivy Tech IT students. 














More recently, we are partnering with Purdue NorthWest to work on an articulation agreement on which I am a Co-PI, and more recently another grant for NSF Scholarship for Service. The NSF Scholarship for Service program takes third and fourth year cybersecurity students and pays for their education in exchange for a commitment from the student to work for the government for a period of time.

One other partner I had the pleasure of working with was Wuxi Vocational Technical College in Wuxi, China. An english instructor from Columbus and I were chosen to do a faculty exchange with Wuxi. First, two faculty members from there came here for a month, then Erin and I went to China. It was quite an experience. The idea was to work with the school to see if we could put together an articulation for the Chinese students to come to Ivy Tech and then potentially transfer to a US four year university. That didn't happen, but we all learned a lot about each other. Below is an article that Erin wrote after we returned, and I have included some pictures from the trip.

















From left to right: Erin and Pam giving a presentation about Ivy Tech; a presentation about US culture, Pam giving a presentation about cybersecurity and Jiang Peng, Erin, Wu Li, and Pam when the Chinese faculty were in Columbus.


The Academic Leadership section of Standard 1 also outlines partnerships and activities that pertain to this standard.

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