Dr. Art Gowan
Department Chair & Professor (2005 through 2014)
Dr. Art Gowan received his BS in 1979 and MBA in 1981 from Samford University. He then spent several years as an insurance broker, specializing in commercial coverages for mining firms. He earned his Ph.D. in information systems from Clemson University in 1989 and taught information systems at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington for more than 15 years. Art joined the faculty at Georgia Southern in the summer of 2005 as chair of the Department of Information Technology.
Art has been involved in IT and IS curriculum development and delivery at both the undergraduate and graduate level. He also helped to lead an effort to develop a joint masters in computer science and information systems, resulting in his interest in the emerging interdisciplinary field of information technology. He has managed many undergraduate internships as well as graduate practicums, leading to substantial interaction with local businesses. Most of his research is a result of his work with local and regional businesses, and is therefore more applied in nature. His research interests have included the implementation of information systems in manufacturing environments as well as project management issues as they relate to systems development. His most recent research efforts involve text mining and software vulnerabilities. He has completed four semesters of work in Cisco’s Networking Academy Program . He has been a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), 2001-2004, and is a Cisco Certified Academy Instructor (CCAI). He has completed training for certification as a Cisco Academy Instructor to deliver Cisco’s Fundamentals of Network Security (FNS) curriculum, a two semester program focusing on network security policy development and the implementation of network security using Cisco’s Firewall IOS, as well as PIX Firewall Appliances.
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