JAMES R. AMAN, Ph.D.
Saint Xavier University Chicago, IL 
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EXPERIENCE

  • Associate Professor of Computer Science, Saint Xavier University, 2003-present
    • Director of Faculty Development, 2011-present
    • President of Faculty Senate, 2009-11; President's Cabinet, AY2010 & 2011
    • Department Chair, 2006-09
    • Program Director, Masters of Applied Computer Science, 2004-06
    • Teach courses in the Computer Science and Computer Studies undergraduate curricula and in the Master of Applied Computer Science
    • Member of Institutional Technology Advisory Committee (2004-09), Graduate Studies Advisory Committee (2004-06), Middle Eastern Studies Advisory Group (2004-present), and others
  • Director of Information Services and Coordinator of IT Systems, Columbus School for Girls, 1999-2003
    • Staff management, budget, planning, equipment acquisition and evaluation, technology curriculum design, and implementation of uses of technology on the campus
    • Chaired Technology Task Force,  Website Policy Team, and Technology Curriculum Group
  • Associate Professor of Computer Science, Wilmington College, 1988-1999
    • Taught and supervised the computer science baccalaureate program
    • Oversaw program curriculum
    • Recruited and supervised adjunct faculty on all campuses
    • Academic advisor to computer science majors
    • Active in faculty governance. Assistant Professor, 1988; Associate Professor, 1994; tenure, 1994
  • Director of Academic Computing, Wilmington College. 1988-96
  • Microcomputer Network Consultant, Academic Computing Center, University of North Texas. 1987-88
  • Teaching Fellow, Division of Secondary Education, University of North Texas. 1986-87
  • Computer Science Department Chair, St. Pius X High School (Houston). 1984-86
  • Science Department Chair, Seton Catholic Junior High School (Houston). 1982-84
  • Board Chair and Vice President, Sabretech, Inc. (Houston). 1979-82

EDUCATION  

  • Ph. D. University of North Texas (Denton, Texas). Major: Secondary Education. Minor: Computer Science. (1988)
  • M. Ed. University of Houston (Houston, Texas). Instructional Technology (1985)
  • B. A. Texas Christian University (Ft. Worth, Texas). History (1968)

PUBLICATIONS

  • "A Capstone Exercise for a Cybersecrity Course." (April, 2010). Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, 25(5), 217-222.  Presented at CCSC-Central Plains Conference, Pike University, April, 2010.
  • "Wanted: Trained Security Personnel."  (December, 2008).  Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, 24(2), 50-55.  Presented at CCSC-Northwest Conference, Southern Oregon University, October, 2008.
  • "Evolving from Traditional to Hybrid: Placing Presentations into Context for Students." (October, 2007). Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, 23 (2), 9-15. Presented at CCSC-Northwest Conference, McMinnville, OR, Fall 2007.
  • "Maintaining Lecture Context in a Blended Course." (September, 2007). CCSC-Midwest Conference, Hamilton, OH, and published in Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, 23(1), 56-63.
  • "Black Hat/White Hat: An Aggressive Approach to a Graduate Security Course." CCSC-Northwest Conference, Cheney, WA. Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges (October, 2006).
  • "Dick and Jane Online: Implications of Gender Differences in Distance Learning." AURCO Journal, Spring, 2006. Coauthored with Dr. Sheida Shirvani, Ohio University-Zanesville.
  • "Dick and Jane Online: Considering Online Education." (October, 2005). CCSC-Rocky Mountain Conference, Denver, CO, and published in Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges (Fall, 2005)
  • "Distance Education Study." Connections (Vol 18, Spring 2005), a publication of the Saint Xavier University Center for Educational Practice
  • "Teaching Formal Methods in Software Engineering.” Coauthored with Dr. Danny Kopec and Dr. Gavriel Yarmish (both of Brooklyn College) . Accepted for the 2005 Association for Software Engineering Education New England Section Conference, April 9, 2005, Fairfield University (Fairfield, CT). Manuscript accepted for publication
  • "Teaching the Second Computer Science Course: Lessons Learned and Directions for the New Millenium." May, 2000). Proceedings of 5th Western Canadian Conference on Computing Education.http://www.cs.ubc.ca/wccce/. Coauthored with Dr. Danny Kopec (Brooklyn College) and Dr. Richard Close (U.S. Coast Guard Academy)
  • "CS1: Perspectives on Programming Languages and the Breadth-First Approach" (2000, May). Journal of Computing in Small Colleges, 15 (5), 228-234. Coauthored with Dr. Danny Kopec (Brooklyn College) and Dr. Richard Close (U.S. Coast Guard Academy)
  • "The Kopec System Comes of Age." (April, 2000).Chess Life, 55 (4), 68-74. Coauthored with International Master Dr. Danny Kopec
  • "How Should Data Structures and Algorithms Be Taught?" (1999, September). SIGCSE Bulletin, 31 (3), 175-176. Coauthored with Dr. Danny Kopec (Brooklyn College) and Dr. Richard Close (U.S. Coast Guard Academy)
  • "Making Connections: Software Engineering and the Compiler Course Project" (1996, March). The Journal of Computing in Small Colleges, 11 (4), 228-237
  • "Applying Software Engineering Theory in Advanced Courses" (1996, March). The Journal of Computing in Small Colleges, 11 (4), 29-37
  • "Software Engineering Emphasis in Advanced Courses" (1996, March). SIGCSE Bulletin, 28 (1), 210-213. Co-authored with Dr. Massood Towhidnejad, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • "Software Engineering in a Compiler Course Project" (1995, November). The Journal of Computing in Small Colleges, 11(2), 66-79
  • "Gender and Attitude toward Computers" (1992). In the monograph In Search of Gender Free Paradigms for Computer Science Education (Washington, D.C.: International Society for Technology in Education)
  • "Computer Science Education in Prison: Challenge and Opportunity." Proceedings of the National Educational Computing Conference, Dallas (June, 1992)
  • "Computer Science in Correctional Education" (1990, February). SIGCSE Bulletin, 22 (1), 147-151
  • Cognitive Level Demands of Test Items in State-Adopted Computer Science Textbooks. University of North Texas (1988). Dissertation Abstracts International, 49/10A, 2987. (University Microfilms No. DA8900327)
  • "Creating Text Adventures in Pascal" (1987, January). SIGCSE Newsletter, 1 (2).
  • "Perfect Programs ... Painless Programming" (1986, May). Collegiate Microcomputer, 4 (6)
  • Ten others, including Masters thesis, two pieces of software, a textbook test bank, and numerous articles

PRESENTATIONS

  • Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges: numerous regional conferences
  • AURCO Annual Conference (Zanesville, OH, 2005)
  • ASEE New England Section Conference (Fairfield, CT, 2005)
  • Western Canada Conference on Computer Education (Vancouver, BC, 2000)
  • ITiCSE Conference (Krakow, Poland, 1999)
  • ACM SIGCSE (Philadelphia, 1996)
  • Small College Computing Conference: Northeast Region (Hartford, CT, 1996; Middlebury, CT, 2000)
  • Small College Computing Conference: Midwest Region (Ft. Wayne, IN, 1995)
  • ACM SIGCSE (Washington, 1991)
  • NECC (June, 1992)
  • SIETAR (Boston, 1989; and Kilkenny, Ireland, 1990)
  • Southwest Educational Research Association (San Antonio, 1988)
  • Various local and state conferences

OTHER

  • Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC) - National Membership Secretary, 2007-10; President-Elect, President, and Past President, 2004-07; Board Liaison to CSTA, 2006-present; Midwest Region steering committee numerous times, 1996 assistant papers chair, 1997 papers chair, 1998 asst. conference chair, 1999 conference chair, 2004 vendors chair, 2009 site liaison
  • Chicago Chapter of CSTA - Founding member; liaison to CSTA
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) - member of ACM and SIGCSE -- SIGCSE Symposium Student Volunteer Coordinator in 1998, 1999, 2003, and 2004; Press Liaison, 2009
  • SXU Chess Club: Faculty sponsor and organizing member; administrator of online chess server
  • Various computer security organizations
  • World Organization of Webmasters (WOW)
  • Association of Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA)
  • Ohio Communication Association - Web Administrator, 2004-present
  • Ohio Scholastic Chess Association - Executive Board, 2000-03; President, 2002-03
  • Ohio Collegiate Computer Services Association - founding member, vice president, and conference chair
  • U.S. Chess Federation - life member; Senior Tournament Director; club coach and tournament organizer
  • American Radio Relay League - life member
  • Service to the general community as a member of B.P.O.E. (Elks) and through other community organizations and activities through the years

email aman@sxu.edu Your comments and inquiries are always welcome!