of Information Systems - Emeritus
Columbia University - New York, N. Y.
Stevens Institute of
Technology - Hoboken, N. J.
Major....: Computer Sciences
Teachers College, Columbia University - New York, N. Y.
Major....: Educational Administration
Information Systems (now Emeritus)
of Computer Science and Information Systems
Information Systems Department
Pace University, Pleasantville, N. Y. 10570
From 1982 to 2000
Highlights at Pace
International Finance, Planning and Administration School
IBM Corporation, Briarcliff
Manor, New York 10510
From 1988 to 1989
Highlights at IBM-IFPA
Information Systems Education Facility
IBM Corporation, Irving,
From 1984 to 1985
Highlights at IBM-ISEF
Manager for User Services (CCIMS)
Center for Computing and
Information Management Services
Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, N. Y. 10027
From 1973 to 1982
Highlights at CCIMS
Programmer/Analyst and Educational Researcher
Institute of Administrative
Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, N. Y. 10027
From 1966 to 1973
Highlights at IAR
RESEARCH ACTIVITIES (selected)
- National Teacher Poll -- 1979 & 1980
design and statistical advisement, and performed all computer based data
analyses for the 1979 and 1980 National Teacher Polls. These surveys of teacher
opinions and attitudes regarding educational issues is conducted annually by Instructor
magazine. (See January, 1980 issue of Instructor for summary of 1979
- EXXON Foundation Research Grant -- 1982
conducted research of the cost and financing practices of adult and continuing
education in the U.S. This research was funded by the EXXON Foundation, and led to an award
- Database Curriculum Research -- 1987
on database instructional approaches and curricula, leading to the development
of instructional visual materials.
- Conducted End-User Strategy Study -- 1987
three-month study of IBM's Information Systems end-user strategy for serving
its internal customers. The study involved the review of policy and guidelines
documents, and the conducting of twenty-two interviews, and the writing of a
report of study findings and recommendations. This study is part of the
Information Systems Faculty-In-Residence Program of the School of Computer Science and Informations Systems.
- Conducted National Survey -- 1989
survey of corporate network issues and practices. Study involved the design and
distribution of 8,000 questionnaires.
- Developed Prepaid Tuition Finance Model -- 1989
Developed a computer
model to evaluate the possible financial implications to colleges and
universities of selling educational services at current tuition rates for use
in the future. This research was conducted under the auspices of the National Center
for Postsecondary Governance and Finance at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. The model has been distributed to the chief financial
officers of about thirty leading colleges and universities for evaluation.
- Conduced Research on Ethical Perspectives Among Computer
Professionals -- 1996
the administration and analysis of survey data on the perceptions of ethical
practices of computer professionals regarding the privacy and responsibilities
of email and data access management.
- Investigated Ethical Issues in Computing Curriculum -- 1998
Working Group on Ethical Issues in Computing Curriculum at Innovation and
Technology in Computer Science Education Conference – ITiCSE 1998 (Dublin). Outcome of work group was published in the Work
Groups Reports, Ethical Issues Related to Internet Development and Research,
ACM SIGCSE Bulletin Inroads, 30(4), December 1998, pages 61b-76b.
- Investigated Issues in Distance Education -- 2000
Co-led working group
at Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education Conference – ITiCSE
2000 (Helsinki). Outcome of work group was published in the Work
Groups Reports, Dimensions of Distance Learning for Computing Education. ACM SIGCSE Bulletin, ed. J. Impagliazzo. Vol. 33. 2001, ACM: New York. p. 101-110.
- Cofounded Consulting Firm
Cofounded (1977) and Sr. Partner, Varvak Computing Associates, a
consulting firm serving the test publishing and research communities.
- Cofounded (1996) Web Development Firm, Web Info Pro.
Provided Web hosting
and development services.
- Houghton Mifflin Publishing Company
Performed major data
analysis in connection with norming and equating of the Gates-MacGinitie
- Children's Television Workshop (CTW)
survey of children's television viewing patterns. Provided all coding and data
analysis services and served as statistical consultant to CTW. This research
contributed to the program format of CTW's science program 3-2-1 Contact.
- Professional Examination Service
implemented a system for test item banking and retrieval to support the
automatic generation of tests. The system has been applied to the construction
of the Veterinary Medicine Licensing Examination which is administered to over
2000 candidates in twenty states annually.
offered mini-course in Teleprocessing Concepts at the Technical Symposium on
TP/TC offered by IBM's Systems Research Institute at CTI in Thornwood, NY
(March, 1986). The mini-course consisted of eight hours of instruction offered
over two days. The instructional materials developed for the course are still
in use at the Corporate Technical Education Center.
development of computer-based training (CBT) courseware entitled Time Value of Money Concepts in 1988-89.
This was one in a series of IBM Business Education courseware products.
SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION (selected)
- Serve as faculty member of Excelsior College (formerly Regents College) Degree program of State University of New York
from 1983 to present. Activities have included the development of
bachelor's degree program in Computer Software (now Information
Technology). I currently serve as
the Chairperson for Information Technology Programs.
- Served as evaluator for Program on Non-collegiate Sponsored
Instruction (PONSI) of the New York Board of Regents. This involved the
on-site evaluation of computer related course offerings, teaching methods
and facilities of non-collegiate institutions seeking PONSI credit
- Active in several computer-related professional organizations,
including the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Association
of Information Technology Professionals (AITP).
- Contributing Editor of LOGO and Educational Computing Journal, sponsored by
the Interactive Education Foundation and KRELL Software.
- Office and Board Member of EDSIG, the Special Interest Group on
Education of the Education Foundation of AITP (1998-99).
- Served on several occasions as National Science Foundation grant
proposal reviewer (late 1990s).
- Conference Chair of ISECON 2000 held in Philadelphia, PA from Nov.
- Conference Chair of ISECON 2001 held in Cincinnati, OH from Nov. 1-4,
- Served as President of AITP/EDSIG in 2004.
- Service as Chief Judge of the IT Showcase student competition at the
Black Data Processing Association (BDPA) in Detroit (August 2005).
- National Association of Secondary School Principals, San Antonio, TX.
Spoke on "Software Site Licensing." (1987)
- National Education Computer Conference, Philadelphia, PA. Spoke on
"Software Licensing: A Positive Response to Real World
- Information Systems Education Conference, Dallas, TX. Appeared on
panel regarding "University-Corporate Faculty Internship
- Association of Computing Machinery Symposium on Computer Science
Education, Louisville, KY. Presented case study entitled "An Anatomy
of an End-User Strategy." (1989)
- Toured India with Frank J. LoSacco co-presenting four lectures on
"World Trends in Information Technology." Lectures took place in
Bombay, New Delhi, Bangalore and Madras during August, 1993.
- Toured India presenting four lectures on "Trends in the Internet
and Information Superhighway." Lectures took place in Bombay, Madras,
Bangalore and Hyderabad during July, 1995.
- Presented workshop entitled "HTML for Educators" at the
Information Systems Educators Conference (ISECON'95). The conference was
held in Charlotte, NC from Nov. 3-5, 1995.
- Eastern Small College Computing Conference, Marywood College,
Scranton, PA, October 25-26, 1996. Gave presentation on "data
warehouse concepts" on panel "Advanced Information Technologies
Across the Curriculum."
- Keynote speaker at the Annual Meeting of the Hudson Valley Council of
Technology Societies" on the topic of "Electronic Commerce in
the 21st Century", January, 1998.
- Presented talk entitled "Critical Success Factors in Online IS
Education: One Professor's Experience" at the National Collegiate
Conference in Omaha, NE on April 2, 2004.
- Presented talk entitles “Connecting Students over Distance:
Integrating Group Projects in Online Information Technology Courses” at
the Sloan-C International Conference on Asynchronous Learning Networks in Orlando, FL on
November 10, 2006.
- Presented talk entitled “Rethinking
Doctoral Education in Computing: A New Approach” at the Information
Systems Educators Conference (ISECON'07). The conference was held in Pittsburgh, PA
from November 1-4, 2007.
- IBM Corporation at Information Systems Education
Facility (ISEF); Dallas, TX, August, 1984-August, 1985.
educational consultant and database instructor. Developed articulation
agreement whereby IBM employees could receive academic credit for selected
- IBM Corporation at International Finance,
Planning and Administration School (IFPA); Briarcliff Manor, NY, 1988.
development and implementation of the Graduate Telecommunications Program
(GTP). The 18 credit education program led to Pace's Masters degree in
- Scholar in Residence, Westchester Education Coalition (1996)
Served as program
evaluator for funding research projects involving the emergence of information
technology in public school settings.
- Received "Distinguished Achievement Award" for excellence
in educational journalism by EDUPRESS Association of America (1981).
- Received "Imogene Okes Award for Outstanding Research in Adult
Education" conferred by the Adult Education Association (1982).
- Received CSIS Service Award
- Received University Award
for Distinguished Service (2001).
Award for Distinguished Service is presented to faculty members who have shown
unusual initiative or creativity in giving outstanding service to students,
meeting special needs, or in contributing to the attainment of the Pace
University’s mission and goals.
- Selected Information
Systems Educator of the Year by EDSIG/Association of Information
Technology Professionals (2007).
- Inducted as Fellow of
AITP-EDSIG for lifetime achievement in Information Systems Education
PUBLICATIONS: SOLE AND CO-AUTHORED (listed
- "Financing Central Schools", CSS Central Ideas, Vol. XIX, No. 10, June, 1969.
- "What is Computer-Assisted Instruction? A Specialist
Explains", MSSC Exchange, Vol. XXIX, No. 1, September, 1970.
- "Results of a Poll on Student Unrest; A Quiet Spring", APSS
Know How, Vol. XXII, No. 10, June, 1971.
- Quality Inventory: A Schedule of School Practices Related to
Educational Quality, Institute of Administrative Research, 1971.
"Optimum Sample Size in Indicators of Quality Applications", IAR
Research Bulletin, Vol. 11, No. 4, October, 1971.
- A Longitudinal Study of the Relationship Between Selected Fiscal
Factors, Past Voting Behavior, and the Outcomes of School Budget Elections
in New York State, unpublished Doctor's dissertation, Teachers College,
Columbia University, 1973.
- "Outcomes of School Budget Elections: What Are the
Determinants?", APSS Know How, Vol. XXIV, No. 9 & 10,
- "Convincing Teachers That They Can Compute", Proceedings
of AEDS Conference, Phoenix, AZ, 1976.
- "Teaching Program Design Through Program Structure Maps", Proceedings
of ACM/SIGCSE Conference, Dayton, OH (1979).
- "Classrooms Make Friends with Computers", Instructor,
- The Cost and Financing of Adult Education and Training, Lexington
Books: Lexington, MA, 1982. "Computing Literacy for Working Class
Adults", Interface: The Computer Education Quarterly, Vol. 5, No.
- "What Are We Going to Teach the Teachers?", LOGO and Educational Computing Journal, Vol. 2,
No. 1, 1984.
- "What Are We Going to Teach the Teachers? -- Part II", LOGO and Educational Computing Journal, Vol. 3,
No. 1, 1985.
"Development of Field-Based Management
Information Systems Simulations", Proceedings of ISECON'86,
Atlanta, GA, 1986.
of an End-User Strategy" (Abstract), Proceedings of ACM/SIGCSE Conference, Louisville, KY, 1989.
- "A New Graduate Telecommunications Program: The University and
Corporate Worlds Join Hands", Proceedings of NECC Conference,
Boston, MA, 1989.
- "An Integrative Telecommunications Case Study: Pulling the
Pieces Together", Proceedings of IBSCUG Conference, Hershey,
- "Facilitating Intracorporate Cooperation: A University Creates
the Environment", Proceedings of ACM/SIGCSE Conference,
Washington, DC, 1990.
- "Corporate-University Education Programs: How the University Can
Benefit", Proceedings of IBSCUG Conference, Omaha, NE, 1990.
- "Corporate-University Education Programs: Forging a Relationship
of Trust", Proceedings of ISECON Conference, Chicago, IL,
- "Graduate Education for Telecommunications Professionals: Some
Hard Data on One Program's Long Term Impact", Proceedings of NECC
Conference, Dallas, TX, 1992.
- "A First Computing Course Project: Turning Students into
Pollsters", Proceedings of ISECON Conference, Nashville, TN,
- "The Graduate Telecommunications Program: The First Three
Years", Proceedings of IBSCA Conference, Denver, CO, 1993.
- "Database Programming: Combining the Best of Two Worlds", Technical
Reports, No. 65, School of Computer Science and Information Systems,
Pace University, September, 1993.
- "Graduate Computer Education in India and the United States:
First Steps in an International Collaboration", (Paper abstract) Proceedings
of the IRMA Conference, San Antonio, TX, 1994.
- "Graduate Computer Education in India and the United States:
First Steps in an International Collaboration", Proceedings of the
IBSCA Conference, Baltimore, MD, 1994.
- "The Westchester Online Project: Building Business Partnerships
Through the Internet", Proceedings of the IRMA Conference,
Atlanta, GA, 1995.
- "Teaching Hypertext Markup Language in the First Computing
Course: One University's Experience", Proceedings of ISECON
Conference, St. Louis, MO, 1996.
- "Self Descriptive Lists", Graphs Theory Notes of New York
XXXI, 53-54, 1996.
- "The Binary Gleichniszahlen-Reihe Sequence", Graphs
Theory Notes of New York XXXII, 17-18, 1997.
- "Using CGI Scripts to Promote Faculty-Student
Communications", Proceedings of the Northeastern Conference of the
Consortium for Computing in Small Colleges, Boston, MA, 1997.
- "Privacy and Ethics Survey Among Computer Professionals", Proceedings
of 2nd Annual Conference on Ethics & Technology, Chicago, IL,
- "Using CGI Scripts to Administer Online Examinations",
Eastern Conference of the Consortium for Computing in Small Colleges,
Pomona, NJ, 1997.
- "A Profile of First Computing Course Students: New Insights and
Their Implications for the Curriculum", Proceedings of ISECON
Conference, San Antonio, TX, 1998.
- "Surveying Students about Computing: Results of a Two Year
Study", Proceedings of ISECON Conference, Philadelphia, PA,
- "An Introductory Course on E-Commerce and Web Development: A
Case Study Approach", Proceedings of ISECON Conference, San
Antonio, TX, 2002.
- “The Integrated Technology Assessment: A Portfolio-Based Capstone
Experience”, Proceedings of ISECON Conference, Washington, DC,
- “A Case Study in Building Communities of Common Interest: How One
Webpage Changed Jazz History”, Proceedings of ISECON Conference,
Washington, DC, 2009.
In recent years (1990s), I have
had an opportunity to make several international trips for Pace University, two
to India (1993 and 1995) and one to China (1996). Both India trips included a
side trip to Singapore to visit my brother who lives there with his family.
The India trips were in connection with an
international education program that the School of Computer Science and
Information Systems was running in collaboration with Apple Industries, a
leading propriety computer training school that has branches throughout most of
India. See the article India in Transition: High
Touch Meets High Tech for more information about these visits.
The China trip was part of a World Bank project and is described in the
article China at the Crossroads: One Professor's First
Hand View which appeared in the CSIS Communique'. I have
modified it slightly for presentation here.
More recently, I have had the opportunity to participate in the ITiCSE
conference on computer science education in 1998 held in Dublin, Ireland, and
in 2000 held in Helsinki, Finland.
Attended the TIGERA conference on Computing and E-Systems in Hammamet,
Tunisia, March 15-17, 2008.
Besides being very interesting and professionally rewarding, I have found
that upon my return to my duties at the University I have a better
understanding and rapport with my international students, especially if I have
visited their homeland.
PERSONAL BACKGROUND AND INTERESTS
Born in Binghamton, New York,
my family moved to Manhattan when I was seven years old where I lived for
thirty years before moving to Harrington Park, New Jersey and later LaGrange,
New York. I consider myself to be an "upper west side" Manhattanite
by temperament, which if you know New York City should tell you a lot.
Moving was a fact of life as we had lived in
ten residences by the time I was ten. This meant an assortment of schools, both
public and private. I attended Cherry
Lawn School in Darien, Connecticut for three years where I earned my
high school diploma. This was a innovative co-educational boarding school, but
not really a "prep" school in the usual sense of that term. It was an
important positive influence in my early development.
After a failed attempt to earn my bachelor's degree at the University of Chicago,
I volunteered for the draft. I spent two years in the U.S. Army as an Artillery
Surveyor (MOS 153.10) mostly at Fort Hood, Texas.
I believe that my Army experience and a few extra years of maturation did a
lot to help me begin to "get it all together." The rest of my
professional life has unfolded pretty much as shown in other parts of this
I was married to Cecelia Ann Hardesty of Dayton, Ohio who passed away in 2014, and
have two daughters, Stephanie Varden Kehrli and Beth Anne Varden. After living in the northeast for most of my life, my wife and I moved to the Dayton, Ohio area in 2000. Following her passing in 2014, I have relocated to Maryland to be near younger daughter Beth. I continue to
participate in distance education programs at Pace University, including the
Doctorate in Professional Studies (DPS) in Computer Studies Program at Pace
University, and at Excelsior College, which is located in Albany, New York.
I also include among my strong interests jazz music (see the two websites that I maintain on
jazz greats Fats Navarro and Gray Wardell), and chess where I reached the level of an "A" rated player.
COURSES I AM TEACHING
During the 2016-2017 academic
year I am teaching the courses listed below:
- MAT 103: Intermediate Algebra
- MAT 117:
- IT 607: Project Management
- MAT 103:
- MAT 104: Finite Mathematics
- CIT241/IT605: Database Management Systems