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Kevin Parker

Chair and Professor of Informatics & Computer Science, Higher Education

Hi, I'm Kevin Parker, Chair and Professor of the Informatics and Computer Science Department at Idaho State University.

Kevin Parker's Bio:

Kevin Parker serves as Chair of the Department of Informatics and Computer Science, which is shared between the College of Business and the College of Science and Engineering. As such, he reports to two deans with whom he works closely in matters of accreditation and strategic planning for the department. He mentors and serves as administrator for a widely diverse group of faculty assigned to three different programs: Business Informatics, Health Informatics, and Computer Science. The department continues to evolve and grow, with ten faculty members and an ongoing search for another.

Kevin’s background spans both computer science and information systems, making him a true informaticist. He has been involved in informatics and computer science for over 30 years, and in higher education for over 25 years.

Kevin was recognized as the 2011 Faculty Member of the Year by the Associated Students of Idaho State University. That same year he was recognized as a 2010-2011 Outstanding Master Teacher by Idaho State University. In 2012 Kevin  was again recognized as one of the 2011-2012 Outstanding Master Teachers by the University. Dr. Parker received the ISU College of Business 2005-2006 Outstanding Research Award, and in 2007 was awarded a Curtin University of Technology Research Fellowship in Perth, Australia.

Kevin's goal is to continue to improve as an administrator, researcher, and teacher. He notes that he continues to learn as he encounters new administrative challenges, and he strives to share his passion for learning as he mentors junior faculty.

Kevin Parker's Experience:

  • Department Chair, Informatics and Computer Science at Idaho State University

    Duties and Responsibilities: • Interface with the deans of the College of Business and the College of Science and Engineering to administer a department that capitalizes on the strengths of two colleges. • Identify and harness the synergies between two similar but different programs in order to reduce redundancies and strengthen both programs while maintaining their individual identities. • Analyze and determine factors that differentiate our programs from others in order to promote a competitive advantage. • Provide vision and dynamic leadership to the department and college; lead and represent the academic programs within the department. • Help guide the college as member of the Executive Committee, including acting in an advisory capacity to the dean and interacting with our Leadership Board. • Act as a liaison for the college and department with University administration to promote our majors and our accomplishments. • Work with the college’s development officer to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward philanthropic gifts. • Work closely with the dean to map the short and long-term strategies for program growth and expansion. • Provide leadership and needed oversight to all matters related to accreditation. Key Accomplishments: • Successfully managed the merger of the Computer Information Systems department in the College of Business and the Computer Science department in the College of Science and Engineering. • Chaired two successful searches for faculty members specializing in Health Informatics. • Teamed with the department to overhaul the Business Informatics curriculum. • Directed the genesis of the Health Informatics curriculum. • Chaired a successful search for a dual Systems Administrator/Informatics professor. • Chaired a search (ongoing) for a Computer Science professor. • Collaborated with the dean in the development of a proposal for a Master of Science in Health Informatics. • Partnered with the dean to formulate a proposal for a School of Informatics and Computational Sciences. • Currently preparing for 2016 AASCB accreditation.

  • Department Chair, Computer Information Systems at Idaho State University

    I oversee the CIS department, including curriculum issues, staffing, and course scheduling. I also serve on the Executive Committee of the College to advise the Dean.

  • Professor of Computer Science at Idaho State University

    Develop and deliver computer science courses, assist with curriculum issues.

  • Professor of Computer Information Systems at Idaho State University

    Develop and deliver information systems courses, assist with curriculum issues, advise students in course selection as well as career decisions, serve as a member of the recruiting and interview team for new assistant professors and instructors.

  • Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems at Idaho State University

    Develop and deliver information systems courses, assist with curriculum issues, advise students in course selection as well as career decisions, serve as a member of the recruiting and interview team for new assistant professors and instructors.

  • Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems at Idaho State University

    Develop and deliver information systems courses, assist with curriculum issues, advise students in course selection as well as career decisions, serve as a member of the recruiting and interview team for new assistant professors and instructors.

  • Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems at Saint Louis University

    Develop and deliver information systems courses, assist with curriculum issues, advise students in course selection as well as career decisions, serve as a member of the recruiting and interview team for new assistant professors and instructors.

  • Programmer/Analyst at Conoco, Inc.

    Independently performed 50% of all systems development activities including software analysis, design, implementation, testing, and maintenance; trained users regarding technical aspects of software; developed users' manuals and technical documentation; responsible for various development projects including production control software, system interface packages, and report generation packages; participated in a major system conversion, including the design of replacement system software.

Kevin Parker's Education:

  • Texas Tech University

    Ph.D.
    Concentration: Information Systems
  • Texas Tech University

    M.S.
    Concentration: Computer Science
  • University of Texas at Austin

    B.A.
    Concentration: Computer Science

Kevin Parker's Interests & Activities:

Higher education, travel, programming, web development, environment, animal welfare.




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