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Cindy Olson represents students' needs and interests for The School of Business and Technology. Her current work focuses on retention and exploring the student experience. Cindy earned her Master of Arts in Management degree with The College in 2005, and has used her experience as a student to inform her work today. Prior to her nine years with CSS, Cindy has built a professional background in the fields of Human Resources, Marketing, and College Recruitment work.
Dr. Alwan is an Associate Professor of Management at the College. His major academic interest is organization development that creates a dynamic organization with a cutting edge alignment in the marketplace and quality worklife for its employees. During his spare time, Dr. Alwan enjoys Kung Fu, traveling and outdoor acivities
David Anstett is an Assistant Professor of Management at the College. His major academic interests include economic development, organizational change and growth, entrepreneurship and food product development. Durin his spare time, Mr. Anstett enjoys reading history, religion, playing golf, and fishing.
Dr. Barrett, is a Professor of Economics in the School of Business & Technology. His major academic interests include the steel industry, the Internet and real estate bubbles. During his spare time, Dr. Barrett enjoys golfing, playing basketball and learning Spanish.
Dr. Thomas Buck is an adjunct professor of Computer Information Systems at the School of Business and Technology. His 25+ years experience in Education ranges from teaching middle school Math/Science in the regular classroom to instructing adult Reading and Literacy courses in Benin, Africa. He has B.A.s in History and Philosophy from the University of Minnesota, an M.S in Curriculum and Instruction from Portland State University, and a Ph.D. in Education, with emphasis in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology, from Walden University. His educational work includes teaching Computer Science and Mandarin language at Duluth’s Marshall School, and serving as a reviewer for the American Educational Research Journal (Section on Teaching, Learning and Human Development). Tom’s other professional activities include designing, authoring, and publishing various professional, educational and researched based Websites, such as his Curriculum and Instruction Assessment Guide (http://www.
Tom Gibbons is an Associate Professor at the School of Business and Technology. He has an undergraduate degree Math, Physics and Computer Science from St. John's Univerity, a Masters in Computer Science from the Univerity of Wisconsin-Madison, and a PhD in Computer Science from North Dakota State University. His research interests are in artificial intelligence, CS education and game design.
Tom coordinates summer technology camps at the College of St. Scholastica and also serves on the steering committee for the Midwest Instruction and Computing Symposium.
Robert J. Hartl, M.A. is an Associate Professor of Management at the School of Business and Technology. Mr. Hartl’s professional interests include organization development, process consultation, organizational behavior, strategic management, conflict resolution, health care leadership and change management. Mr. Hartl’s teaching philosophy is "I try to help students understand and appreciate how they learn and solve problems. Such self-understanding is best accomplished through experiential learning principles and the clinical application of theories. Therefore, we often work in the field or bring client groups into our classrooms. My expectation is that our students will develop mastery of the subject matter they study. The leaders of tomorrow must be capable, innovative and persistent; I believe our graduates are well-suited to serve those demands." In his spare time, Mr. Hartl enjoys distance running, backpacking, and fly-fishing.
Robert Hoffman, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the School of Business and Technology. Dr. Hoffman teaches courses in finance, managerial economics, microeconomics, game theory, and law and economics. In his spare time, Dr. Hoffman enjoys reading books and articles in evolutionary psychology, and playing baseball with his children.
Dr. Diana Johnson, is an associate professor in the Computer Science / Information Systems Department at The College of St. Scholastica where she teaches systems analysis, technology ethics, and computer programming to both Health Informatics and Information Management students and Computer Science students. She has previously held positions as Academic Technology Coordinator, Senior Systems Development Analyst, Systems Analyst, and Programmer/Analyst. She has been a technology educator for 20 years and has received the Business Professionals of America Faculty Award, The College of St. Scholastica Tassie McNamara Faculty Award, and is a multiple year honoree in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. She earned a master’s degree in Educational Media and Technology from The College of St. Scholastica and a doctorate in Education with a specialization in Instructional Design from Capella University. She is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery and Delta Kappa Gamma International.
Diana co-authored the Data and Information Management chapter for the American Health Information Management Association Health Information Management: Concepts, Principles, and Practice textbook and has presented on Multiple Intelligences in the online environment. Her dissertation is titled Designing to Learn: Using Agile Software Engineering Methods for Participatory Instructional Design. Her research interests include agile software engineering methodologies, participatory design, instructional design, and online education.
Diana’s teaching philosophy includes:
My passion is for technology; practicing it, researching it, teaching it and learning all I can about it. It is my hope that I can instill some of that passion and excitement in my students. The most important qualities I can pass on to my students are my love for technology and my devotion to learning. I view teaching as the heart of my academic career and it remains the most stimulating and fulfilling part of my professional life. I can think of no more joyous activity, none that brings more satisfaction, than the opportunity for me to teach.
Lynn is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist with a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, an M.S. from North Dakota State University, and a B.A. from The College of St. Scholastica. Dr. Kalnbach teaches Research Methods, Statistics, Social Psychology and Organizational Behavior. Her research interests focus on organizational issues including employee turnover and morale and organizational assessment, evaluation, and change. Dr. Kalnbach is the advisor of the student psychology organization (PASS).
Paul W. Khoury is a Certified Public Accountant and an Assistant Professor of Accounting at the School of Business and Technology. His academic interests include financial accounting, auditing and cost accounting. Mr. Khoury’s teaching philosophy is "Serve your students with their best interests in mind. The process of getting an education is a growth experience in which, if a student perseveres, he will learn about the things that really matter in life." In his spare time, Mr. Khoury likes automobile restoration and civil war history.
Brandon Olson is an Associate Professor of CIS and Project Management and Chair of the Computer Information Systems department. His academic interests include project management, knowledge management, database modeling, software engineering, systems thinking, and online education. Dr. Olson teaches courses that include Database Modeling, Optimizing Intellectual Captial, Project Management, Research and Writing, Final Applied Project, and Final Applied Project Seminar. In his spare time, he likes spending time with his family, running, hiking, sailing, Nordic skiing, fishing, reading history and exploring technology gadgets. You can also follow Dr. Olson's blog, The IT Professor, at http://theitprofessor.blogspot.com/.
Janel joined the HIIM and CIS department at the College of St. Scholastica in February, 2011 after holding a position as an Organizational Learning & Development Coordinator at Essentia Health East Region. She received her Bachelor’s of Business Administration, majoring in Health Care Management and Long Term Care Administration from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2009, and her Master’s in Health Information Management and graduate certificate in Health Care Informatics in 2014 from the College of St. Scholastica. Prior to and after completing her degree she worked in several health care facilities focusing in health and long term care administration, including Mercy Hospital and Health Care Center and Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet.
Janel will be working as an online advisor with our graduate programs and certificates in HIM, as well as the Master of Arts in Information Technology Leadership, and the Master of Science in Project Management. As an advisor, Janel assists our online graduate students from the point of acceptance into our program, until their degrees are conferred, and often maintains relationships with these students long after they have graduated from our program. As an advisor, she works with the student to lay out a program plan that suits their needs and goals, and provides them with the information and support they need along the way. The advisor serves as the student’s point of contact for many areas, and works with the student to ensure the best possible outcome.
Jennifer Pilon is an Assistant Professor of Management at the School of Business & Technology. Her area of specialty is healthcare finance and accounting. Mrs. Pilon teaches courses include Financial Management, Income Tax Accounting, Investments, Commercial/Residential Real Estate, Financial Markets and Institutions. In her spare time, Ms. Pilon enjoys spending time at Island Lake, biking, skiing and being a mom!
Rick Revoir is Director of the Sandbulte Center for Ethical Leadership. He teaches courses in ethics, healthcare finance and accounting. During his career at St. Scholastica, Revoir has led four study abroad trips to China. He taught the spring 2012 semester in Louisburgh, Ireland, to St. Scholastica study abroad students.
He serves as a Commissioner of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority which is involved in economic development projects and it promotes maritime activity in the Duluth area.
Prior to joining St. Scholastica, he worked for 11 years in healthcare finance positions at SMDC Health System in Duluth and St. Joseph's Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz. Revoir has an M.B.A. from Arizona State University and a doctorate in education from UMD. He is a Certified Public Accountant (Arizona license).
Jennifer Rosato is an Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems in the School of Business and Technology. She has an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from St. Scholastica and a Masters of Arts in Information Systems Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Her research interests are in K-12 computer science education, human-computer interaction on the web as well as supporting students in pursuing their own research. She is committed to involving more women and underrepresented minorities in the CS field, especially young women in middle and high schools as well as supporting K-12 educators to integrate and offer computer science in their classroom. She directs an NSF-funded interdisciplinary scholarship program and is dedicated to providing diverse experiences that support students in achieving their career goals.
Dr. Swenson is a Professor of Management at the College in the School of Business & Technology, and Coordinator of the Online MBA for Rural Healthcare Administration. He has master's degrees in Management, Media and Technology, School Counseling, and is completing another in IT Leadership. His doctorate is in Counseling Psychology and post-doctorate diplomate in Forensic Psychology. His academic interests include shiftwork, systems theory, crisis and stress management, program evaluation, and ethics. Dr. Swenson teaches a variety of courses in the School of Business and Technology, including Crisis Management, Organizational Behavior, Leadership, Team Management, Organization Development, and Marketing/Consumer Behavior. He is the author of over 100 articles, book chapters, psychological tests, and a book, "Stress Management for Law Enforcement Officers." He also advises graduate students on final research projects. Dr. Swenson’s personal interests include T'ai Chi Ch'uan, computer simulations, medieval history, writing,and brewing.
Randy Zimmermann is an assistant professor of Management and serves as Chair, SBT Graduate Programs. He has his Master in International Administration (MIA) degree from The School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont, and has completed all but his dissertation (ABD) in the Comparative and International Development Education Ph.D. program at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Randy’s academic interests and expertise are in the areas of management education, international and cross-cultural training, higher education reform in post-communist states, and the role of the private and public sectors in emerging market-oriented societies. Between 1991 and 2004 he managed several USAID-funded business education development projects in Central and Eastern Europe and the Newly Independent States. Mr. Zimmermann also held executive and senior management positions in Washington, D.C with two prominent international education associations.
His personal interests include vintage automotive and motorcycle preservation, as well as boating, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors.