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Past Winners of the Teacher of the Week

Tabitha James


The Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER) recognizes Tabitha James, associate professor of Business Information Technology, for her commitment to creating an interactive learning environment to assist students in discovering how to apply technology in creative and sophisticated ways to solve complex problems.

Dr. James teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in business information technology. She has taught a variety of topics, including: visual basic programming, web development, visual interface design, computer networking and telecommunications, systems analysis and design, quantitative methods, and operations management. Most recently, she has been teaching information security (BIT 4614) and advanced methods in business analytics (BIT 4544). Dr. James enjoys learning about new instructional techniques and applying them to her courses. She recently completed the CIDER early career instructional certificate program and the CIDER course design/redesign workshop. Through these experiences, she has incorporated more active learning techniques into her courses.

Her teaching style encourages students to actively engage with the material both in class and through semester projects in which students apply the course material to real-world situations. She also utilizes labs that provide the students with hands-on experience using open source and commercial software tools for computer security and analytics.

Dr. James was recognized through the Favorite Faculty Program sponsored by Housing and Residence Life in the spring of 2014. In the nomination, the student wrote: “Supportive, treats students well and on a level, well informed, active interest in classes, enthusiastic, professional.” She received a “Thank a Teacher” note from one of her students, in which they stated: “Thank you so much for inspiring my career path into the data analytics path. Your experience and advises for my final project had been really useful and have taught me practical lessons for any research on the future.” Another thank you note from one of her students stated: “Thank you for all of your help and investment in me this past year. I learned an incredible amount about research, grad school, analytics, and methods for protecting, gathering and predicting performance. You were an incredible professor and one of the most intelligent teachers I have ever had.”

Comments on her semester evaluations have been positive for the active learning additions, with one student stating: “…the in-class activities encouraged me to think outside-the-box through the analysis of alternatives that could be used to identify vulnerabilities. Also, the labs were a GREAT compliment to this class.”

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