My research interests include human computer interaction, e-commerce/web accessibility, user-centered design, mobile and social computing, policy implications of accessibility and usability, cost-justifying accessibility, expanding employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities, accessibility in higher education, and usable security. Inclusive design research is of growing importance to the information systems field and business, in general. More companies are realizing the value of including access for the broadest population of individuals, and litigation as well as public policy activity is strengthening this awareness.
I try to help students understand foundational computing principles through lectures, but I also try to use hands-on labs or assignments when appropriate. I also try to provide research opportunities for interested students.
Before joining the academic community, I worked full-time in industry for over eight years and held professional certifications from CompTIA, Cisco and Microsoft. My master's thesis at Penn State University (Harrisburg) and my doctoral dissertation at Towson University both focused on accessibility and usability for individauls with disabilities.
If you are an undergraduate or graduate student who is interested in working on an applied research or service learning project, please review my research page, publications page, and set up a time to meet with me. Every semester I work with undergraduate and graduate students who are dedicated and motivated towards expanding their learning opportunites beyond the classroom in a way that will have an impact on their education, their future career, and graduate school opportunities.