Professors

Dr. Crystal Cox
Assistant Professor
CSCC 160F
843.349.2144
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Bio: Dr. Crystal Cox is an Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems at Coastal Carolina University. She completed her undergraduate degree in Computer Science here at Coastal, where she graduated as valedictorian. After graduation, she worked as a programmer/analyst at Horry Telephone.
Research Interests: security patterns, pattern languages, aspect-oriented programming
Dr. Jean H. French
Associate Professor
CSCC 160H
843.234.3430
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Bio:  Dr. Jean French is originally from Boston, Mass. and has both academic and industry experience.  She earned a Bachelor of Science from Boston College in Environmental Geosciences (1995), an MBA from the University of Massachusetts / Boston (2000), and a Ph.D. in Computer Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University (2011). She also earned a Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance: Administration in Information Security from Nova Southeastern University.   She is an ABET Ideal Scholar and chair of the assessment committee. 
Research Interests: Multimedia, Data, Innovation
Dr. William Jones, Jr.
Chair & Associate Professor
CSCC 160N
843.349.4142
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Bio: William Jones is a native of Conway, SC. He graduated from Conway High School in 1995 and attended Clemson University where he obtained a BS ('99), MS ('00) and PhD ('05), each in Computer Engineering.
Research Interests: My research interests include parallel computing, parallel file systems, computational grids, job scheduling, performance evaluation and modeling, and discrete event simulation.
Dr. Sathish A.P Kumar
Assistant Professor
CSCC 160L
843.349.2810
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Bio: Sathish A.P Kumar has more than a decade experience in industry prior to joining academia. He received his Ph.D. in CS (2007), MS in CS (2001) and MBA (2001) from the University of Louisville, KY. His PhD research is in the area of design and development of Intrusion Detection and Response frameworks for Cyber Security.
Research Interests: Cyber Security (Pertaining to Cloud Security, RFID Security and Social Network Security), Cloud Computing/Big Data Analytics and Bio-Medical/Health Informatics Applications
Dr. D. Brian Larkins
Assistant Professor
CSCC 160G
843.349.4191
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Bio: Brian Larkins has spent over 10 years in industry prior to returning to academia. He received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 2010 studying high-performance computing using irregular data structures.
Research Interests: My research focus is on developing programming language support for parallel computations. My dissertation research focused on run-time systems for globally addressable data structures on distributed-memory clusters.
Prof. Jeff Linder
Assistant Professor
CSCC 160C
843.349.2829
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Bio: I was born and raised in a small farm town in Illinois. After dropping out of college, I worked professional theater in New York and New Jersey for 2 years. I went into the military and served 5 years. I then went back to college and finished my undergraduate degree in 1975.
Research Interests: Introductory programming, machine based programming, and critical thinking.
Dr. Michael Murphy
Assistant Professor
CSCC 160D
843.349.2834
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Bio: Dr. Mike Murphy earned his B.S. in Computer Science from the Clemson University Calhoun Honors College in 2005, where he graduated summa cum laude. After a brief period of study at Syracuse University, he returned to Clemson University, completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science in May 2010, and then joined the CCU faculty in August 2010.
Research Interests: Cyberinfrastructure, environmental sensing systems, atmospheric and environmental modeling, data management.
Dr. Erin Rickard
Associate Professor
CSCC 160E
843.349.2098
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Bio: Erin Rickard received a B.S.E.E. (’99) and M.Eng. (’01) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Louisville. She earned the Ph.D. (’08) in Computer Science Engineering researching the effectiveness of self-organizing maps for mammographic image analysis.
Research Interests: My research interests include biomedical image analysis, image processing, computational intelligence, neural networks, clustering algorithms, machine learning and medical image perception.

Lecturers

Prof. Joyce Barnes
Lecturer
CSCC 160B
843.349.2359
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Bio: Joyce Barnes is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. In 1993, Joyce earned a BS in Education from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio and has taught in Ohio, NC and SC. She earned a Masters from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA in 2000 and was hired to work as an adjunct professor at Coastal and HGTC, and later as a full-time lecturer at Coastal in 2010.
Teaching Interests: Microsoft Office Suite, distance learning education.
Prof. Clint Fuchs
Lecturer
CSCC 160J
843.349.2676
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Bio: Clint Fuchs completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology (BS), and earned a MS in Computer Science from the University of South Carolina in 2002. Prof. Fuchs became a full-time lecturer for the department in 2009.
Research Interests: Data mining, education, machine learning, mobile app development, and software engineering.
Prof. Cory Nance
Lecturer
CSCC 160I
843.349.2646
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Bio: Prof. Nance completed his master's degree in Computer Science at Georgia Southern University, and his undergraduate degree at Coastal Carolina University. He has experience working with relational databases, software development, and as a systems administrator.
Research Interests: System administration, design patterns, and data mining

Staff

Mrs. Lesley Holody
Admin. Specialist
CSCC 160M
843.349.2116
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Bio: Lesley Holody is a native of Roanoke, Virginia. She attended Mary Washington College (now Univ. of Mary Washington) in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where she earned a B.A. in International Affairs. She then worked in the fuel industry for 5 years before moving to Myrtle Beach in 2011. She, her husband, and her dog Roby, all love living in Myrtle Beach. Outside of work, Ms. Holody enjoys reading mystery novels, practicing speaking and reading French, and visiting the beach. She is thrilled to be a part of the CSIS department at CCU!

Professors Emeriti

Prof. Eugene Collins
Professor Emeritus
CSCC 160L
843.349.2072
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Bio: Professor Collins is retired Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Computer Science. He attended the University of South Carolina where he earned a BS in Mathematics in 1970 and MS in Mathematics in 1972. In 1979-81 he retrained in computer science, taking additional graduate courses at the University of South Carolina.
Research Interests: Computer Science education, ethics in computer science, programming languages.
Dr. Steve Sheel
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
CSCC 160A
843.349.2116
843.283.9991 (cell)
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Bio: Dr. Stephen Sheel, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, joined the Coastal Carolina University faculty in 1988. He has twice had the honor to Chair the Department of Computer Science & Information Systems at Coastal. Dr. Sheel played an instrumental role in the establishment of the South Carolina Gamma Chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the International Honor Society for the Computing Sciences, the ABET accreditation for the Computer Science Degree and the establishment of the BS Degree in Information Systems.
Research Interests: His research interests include: Computer Security, Machine Learning, Computer Science Education and Bioinformatics.

Teaching Associates

Dr. Joyce Dorman
Teaching Associate
CSCC 114
843.349.2116
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Dennis P. French, M.S.
Teaching Associate
PRIN 205
843.349.6538
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Manonmani Kumar
Teaching Associate
CSCC 160M
843.349.2116
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William Marilla, MBA
Teaching Associate
CSCC 114
843.349.2116
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Richard Matthews
Teaching Associate
CSCC 114
843.349.2116
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Katherine G. Wagner
Teaching Associate
CSCC 114
843.349.2359
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Tally Wright
Teaching Associate
KLIB 216
843.349.2116
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