Beyond teaching a full 4/4 course load, a list of my extracurriculars as a professor.
Continued Writing, Research, and Publications
Soon after my first semester concluded, I began working on Analytics: The Agile Way. My boss—the department chair—assured me that I could use the book in my analytics course. I started writing in earnest and finished the manuscript in March of 2017. (For more on my motivations for writing the book, click here.)
Wiley published the book in June of 2017—just in time for the summer session of my analytics capstone course.
Course Design and Development
I completely retooled the in-person version of the analytics capstone course (CIS450). I developed ten in-class exercises designed to promote active learning. Beyond that, I recorded the seven-week online version of the course.
I appeared on the local Fox affiliate to talk about Uber’s vast trove of data and whether the company treats its driver-partners fairly. Watch my interview here.
After Facebook’s historic stock drop, ASU’s public relations team needed an expert to quickly respond to journalists at Blick, one of Switzerland’s largest media properties. I heeded the call and you can read the piece here.
In December of 2017, I decided that it was time for me to up my Python game. Up until that point, I had known a decent amount about what the popular general-use programming language could do. Still, I never really rolled up my sleeves and started coding. Why not use my break to finally give it a shot? I certainly don’t qualify as a proper data scientist, but I know much more about Python than I did two years ago.
It turns out that my continued quest to learn paid dividends. For one, I was able to better answer my analytics students’ related questions. Beyond that, in the fall of 2018, I started teaching four sections of CIS236: Introduction to Information Systems (Honors). In that course, I cover many topics, including two weeks of (you guessed it) Python. Click here to see a simple program that I wrote with a hat tip to Breaking Bad.
Get busy living or get busy dying.
—Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption
External Events: Speaking Appearances and Career Fairs
I have appeared at several Phoenix-based events representing ASU, some of which you can view here. I have given a few talks to different departments at ASU. I also have represented the W. P. Carey School of Business at several career fairs.
Other ASU Events
Yes, I spend much of my time in and around the W. P. Carey School of Business and the Department of Information Systems in particular. Still, I consider my research and interests interdisciplinary in nature. To this end, I reach out to other schools at ASU—and respond when they reach out to me. Here are a few examples. I spoke at the Fulton School of Engineering on The Age of the Platform as part of the Live @ Generator Labs series. I also appeared at ASA DataFest as a mentor. Think of it as a hackathon for data.
Successful Project Management
I managed a semester-long engagement with one of ASU’s largest clients. Chemonics is a large multinational non-profit organization that faced significant data and logistics issues. With a small team of my best students, we built a Microsoft SQL Server database in Azure and an Access-based dashboard/front end.
Although the project was challenging, we came in 40 percent under budget and ahead of schedule. (As I know from a decade of working on these types of projects, that is a rarity in the IT world.) What’s more, my team delivered far more functionality than the client had originally requested. On September of 2018, Chemonics announced that the project won an innovation award from USAID. Click here to learn more about the project.
I have faithfully served on the following undergraduate sub-committees during my time at ASU:
- Computer Information System (CIS) program
- Business Data Analytics (BDA) program
What’s more, I served as the course coordinator for both the CIS and BDA capstone courses (CIS440 and CIS 450, respectively) from 2016 until 2018.
Honors Theses and Projects
As part of Barrett (ASU’s Honors College), I have supervised a number of individual and group student theses and projects. I enjoy being able to guide my students’ work, challenge them, and offer valuable feedback.
I have taught both capstone courses during the summers of 2016 and 2017.
Providing Feedback on ASU Tech-Related Initiatives
In my time at ASU, I have built a reputation as a tech-savvy professor and it’s not uncommon for folks to solicit my feedback. I’m happy to oblige. As an example, several times I offered some advice on the direction of Pitch—ASU’s attempt to create a Slack equivalent.
Blogging about Higher Education
I read a great deal about issues related to my new field. Because I’m a sponge, eventually I’ll have something to say. In this vein, I’ve penned dozens of posts about higher education. I know that these observations aren’t falling on deaf ears. The Chronicle has linked to a fair number of my musings.
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