Faculty member is Technology Educator of the Year

Penn State Harrisburg School of Business Administration faculty member Rhoda Joseph has been honored as the Technology Educator of the Year by the Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania.

An assistant professor of information systems, Joseph was among those honored on Friday, March 27 at the council’s 17th annual Awards Gala. The other finalists for the award were: Bruce Schreiner, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology; and Mary Bernstein, Camp Hill School District.

“It is a great honor to have been nominated by the School of Business Administration for the award and I’m excited by being named the winner,” Joseph says.

The Tech Council points out that in her classes, Joseph’s students obtain hands-on experience with a variety of software applications that they will be using or are currently exposed to in the real world. Course management tools, database applications, data warehousing modules, spreadsheets, message boards and blogs are some of the diverse technology tools Joseph uses in her classroom.

A member of the college faculty since 2004, Joseph explains her innovative use of message boards “allows students to talk about class work and contribute to learning outside of class while furthering integrating them into the course content. It’s my way of utilizing social networking for class and learning. I do give some assignments utilizing message boards and blogging and students have welcomed the opportunity.”

She continues, “Because students have so many diverse interests, it is beneficial to integrate diverse tools into the learning environment. In fact, some of my master’s degree students are looking to integrate these tools into their respective work environments.”

She has developed courses in e-business, using the latest technology platforms such as ORACLE and web technologies. As part of Penn State Harrisburg's outreach efforts, she has participated in several on-campus workshops with students from area high schools that are interested in careers in information technology. She has also presented some of these innovative practices and tools that she uses to the Information Sciences and Technology Advisory Board for the School of Business Administration.

Other award winners honored at the gala were: Outstanding Leadership in Technology -- George White - CIO, Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General; Technology Provider of the Year – JPL; Best Application of Technology -- Capital Blue Cross; Public Service Innovation -- Security Cooperation Management Suite SCMS NAVSISA; Technology Product of the Year – Concurrent Technologies Corporation; Growth Company of the Year -- QBC Diagnostics; Technology Company of the Year – Tyco Electronics.

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Last Updated May 06, 2010