Professor, Computer Information Systems Department, Cal Poly Pomona, California
“CIS allowed me the freedom to develop my research in an area that did not fit within any single discipline.”
The flexibility available to students of the multidisciplinary approach of the doctoral program in Communication and Information Sciences was attractive to me, as it provided an opportunity to pursue my interests in the relatively new and rapidly expanding field of Computer Forensics. The program provided the opportunity to combine relevant aspects from Information Technology Management, Computer Science, Library Information Science, and Communication and allowed me the freedom to develop my research in an area that did not fit within any single discipline. While the dissertation phase of the CIS program provided a forum for the specific area of focus for my research, the earlier, qualifying phase of the program provided a challenging and rewarding experience exposing me to concepts and methods from disciplines that were new to me. The rigor of the qualifying phase also contributed to a delightful, collegial experience working with my colleagues in preparation for the comprehensive examinations that developed lasting friendships with some very talented individuals from diverse backgrounds. The CIS program also provided me with an opportunity to teach graduate and undergraduate courses while completing my dissertation, and as a result of my experiences from the program, I was able to accept a tenure-track position at Cal Poly Pomona and began teaching immediately upon completing my dissertation in August of 2006.