Healthcare Informatics

Nathaniel Ashby
Assistant Professor of Cognitive Analytics
717-901-5100 ext 1660
Mark Crider, PhD, RN
Executive Director and Professor, Nursing | President, Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA)
717-901-5100 ext 1655

Dr. Crider served as Assistant Dean for Administration and Special Projects and Director of the Veteran to BSN program with the Duquesne University School of Nursing before joining Harrisburg University. He also has served as Assistant Professor in the Valley Foundation School of Nursing at San Jose State University, San Jose, CA before moving back to Pennsylvania in 2011, taking the position of Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at Duquesne University. Dr. Crider also was the Chair of Undergraduate Programs in the School of Nursing before becoming Assistant Dean.

Dr. Crider has a diverse nursing background as a staff nurse, nurse manager, nursing director, lobbyist, management and organizational development specialist, and nurse educator. His research interest is focused on policy, specifically health policy impacting persons with chronic mental illness in the community, professional practice policies, and nursing education policies.

Dr. Crider received his BS in nursing from the School of Nursing at the Pennsylvania State University, his MSN in nursing education from the College of Nursing at Villanova University, and his PhD in nursing with a health policy focus from the University of California San Francisco School of Nursing and Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Dr. Crider has extensive experience in professional organizational leadership holding membership positions in several nursing specialty organizations including the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the National League for Nursing. In addition, he has held state leadership roles as a member of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association/California, and the California League for Nursing. He is a three time delegate from both Pennsylvania and California to the American Nurses Association general assembly meetings, and an honorary member of the Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP). In December 2016 Dr. Crider was elected to a two year term as President of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), the state constituent member of the American Nurses Association (ANA). He also serves as Board President of the Peer Support and Advocacy Network, Allegheny County.

Rand Ford, Ph.D.
Professor of Analytics

Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence, the Johns Hopkins University.
M.A. in Experimental Psychology, the Johns Hopkins University.
B.A., the Johns Hopkins University.

Rand Ford comes to us from the University of Maryland University College where he worked as Director and Professor for the Data Analytics Program. Prior to that, he served as Chair of the Computer Science Department at Hood College and as President of their faculty.

Additionally, throughout his career, he has held C-level positions at 6 different companies. Dr. Ford earned his Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence, along with a master’s and bachelor’s, from the Johns Hopkins University. He holds two patents and is active in both academic and applied research. Rand’s areas of expertise are in the analysis of unstructured data, natural language processing, and machine learning.

Barbara Geisler, EdD, PMP
Assistant Professor of Project Management
717-901-5100 ext 1622

Dr. Barb Geisler has over fifteen years of experience in higher education and project management. She earned a Master’s Degree in Adult Education and Doctorate in Higher Education from Widener University and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®). She previously worked as a project manager in the government sector overseeing contracts with the US Navy, Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other agencies of the Department of Defense. Dr. Geisler also has a background in instructional design and has presented at several national conferences on best practices in e-learning. Her teaching focus includes project management leadership, communication and research methodology.

Ron Jones
Lecturer in Cybersecurity
717-901-5100 ext1650
Jay Liebowitz, D.Sc.
Distinguished Chair of Applied Business and Finance

Dr. Jay Liebowitz is the Distinguished Chair of Applied Business and Finance at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. He previously was the Orkand Endowed Chair of Management and Technology in the Graduate School at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). He served as a Professor in the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University. He was ranked one of the top 10 knowledge management researchers/practitioners out of 11,000 worldwide, and was ranked #2 in KM Strategy worldwide according to the January 2010 Journal of Knowledge Management. At Johns Hopkins University, he was the founding Program Director for the Graduate Certificate in Competitive Intelligence and the Capstone Director of the MS-Information and Telecommunications Systems for Business Program, where he engaged over 30 organizations in industry, government, and not-for-profits in capstone projects.

Prior to joining Hopkins, Dr. Liebowitz was the first Knowledge Management Officer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Before NASA, Dr. Liebowitz was the Robert W. Deutsch Distinguished Professor of Information Systems at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Professor of Management Science at George Washington University, and Chair of Artificial Intelligence at the U.S. Army War College.

Dr. Liebowitz is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Expert Systems With Applications: An International Journal (published by Elsevier), which is ranked #1 worldwide for AI journals according to the h5 index of Google Scholar journal rankings (as of November 26, 2014). ESWA was ranked fifth worldwide for OR/MS journals (out of 77 journals), according to the 2011 Thomson impact factors. He is a Fulbright Scholar, IEEE-USA Federal Communications Commission Executive Fellow, and Computer Educator of the Year (International Association for Computer Information Systems). He has published over 40 books and a myriad of journal articles on knowledge management, analytics, intelligent systems, and IT management. His most recent books are Knowledge Retention: Strategies and Solutions (Taylor & Francis, 2009), Knowledge Management in Public Health (Taylor & Francis, 2010), Knowledge Management and E-Learning (Taylor & Francis, 2011), Beyond Knowledge Management: What Every Leader Should Know (Taylor & Francis, 2012), Knowledge Management Handbook: Collaboration and Social Networking, 2nd ed. (Taylor & Francis, 2012), Big Data and Business Analytics (Taylor & Francis, 2013), Business Analytics: An Introduction (Taylor & Francis, January 2014), Bursting the Big Data Bubble: The Case for Intuition-Based Decision Making (Taylor & Francis, August 2014), A Guide to Publishing for Academics: Inside the Publish or Perish Phenomenon (Taylor & Francis, 2015), and Successes and Failures of Knowledge Management (Morgan Kaufmann/Elsevier, 2016). Dr. Liebowitz served as the Editor-in-Chief of Procedia-CS (Elsevier). He is also the Series Book Editor of the new Data Analytics Applications book series (Taylor & Francis). In October 2011, the International Association for Computer Information Systems named the “Jay Liebowitz Outstanding Student Research Award” for the best student research paper at the IACIS Annual Conference. Dr. Liebowitz has been selected as the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Business at Queen’s University in Canada for the Summer 2017. He has lectured and consulted worldwide.

Research Interests: Knowledge management, artificial intelligence, Big Data Applications, Expert systems applications, Operations research, Financial engineering, Research methodologies

Glenn W. Mitchell, MD, MPH, CPE, FACEP
Professor of Healthcare Informatics
717-901-5100 ext 1629

Dr. Mitchell is Professor of Healthcare Informatics at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in Harrisburg, PA, He was previously a Senior Consultant at Numerof & Associates, Inc in St Louis, MO. During 2007 to 2012, he was Chief Medical Officer for the Sisters of Mercy Health System, responsible for establishing the Center for Medical Informatics and the Center for Quality and Safety as well as leading the full spectrum of successful physician-related programs such as EHR implementation, ICD-10 conversion, evidence-based medicine use, physician leader development and system wide strategic planning for all clinical service lines. For thirty years he has been involved, locally and nationally, in the development of provider and staff education and leadership development. During his career, he has been full time faculty at Brown University (also his alma mater) and adjunct faculty at several institutions including St Louis University, University of Texas Medical Branch and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Dr. Mitchell is a retired Army Colonel, Past President of the Aerospace Medical Association, former Vice-Chair of the American Board of Preventive Medicine, and Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He has authored over 40 publications and has received numerous military and civilian awards including the Defense Superior Service Medal, three awards of the Legion of Merit, and the Secretary of the Army’s R&D Achievement Award.

Albert Sarvis,
Assistant Professor of Geospatial Technology & Director HU Geospatial Technology Center
M.A. in Geography

M.A. in Geography, Ohio Uniersity, Athens, Ohio.
B.A in Geo-Environmental Studies, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.”

Albert Sarvis received his B.A. in Geoenvironmental Studies from Shippensburg University in 1991 and M.A. in Geography at Ohio University in 1994. Mr. Sarvis began his teaching experience as a Graduate Assistant at OU teaching Physical Geography and Geospatial Technology labs. Mr. Sarvis has also taught graduate level Geospatial Technology classes at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs and undergraduate classes at Harrisburg Area Community College. In 2005 he began working with Harrisburg University as a corporate faculty member helping to develop and teach the Geospatial Technology program before joining the HU staff full time in January 2011.

Prior to becoming a full time professor Mr. Sarvis worked for 16 years in the Geospatial Technology consulting industry spending 11 of those years as a project manager. He obtained his Project Management Professional certification in 2005 and GIS Professional certification in 2007. Mr. Sarvis has presented Geospatial Technology and Project Management at numerous conferences and workshops during his consulting career and maintains a wide range of Geospatial Industry contacts to benefit both the Geospatial Technology and Project Management program content and future student careers.