Staff & Faculty

The staff & faculty at Coleman University bring a wealth of experience and in-depth industry knowledge. We’ve asked our service departments and instructors from all degree programs to share their insight and unique perspective.

If there’s a particular topic you would like to learn more about, or if you have questions, please let us know.

 

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The Right Stuff For IT Projects

Twelve years ago I was interviewed for an article on the right stuff for leading successful IT projects [1] that focused on three questions:

  • What skills and competencies really matter most for the people who lead and deliver successful IT projects?
  • Are these different from the ones that were regarded as most important five or ten years ago?
  • How can some of the most important “soft skills” be acquired and honed, especially when for many in IT, they may not come very easily?

As I review the interview today, my responses seem as relevant now as they were in 2003:

“Soft skills are becoming more important than ever before. Most projects tend to fail because of a failure to communicate, especially between IT and business. The whole [Year 2000] issue really prompted IT and businesses to start conversing like never before, and we really need to make those intense and frequent communications the norm, and not the exception.

“Projects have such a high failure rate because business people have traditionally not been consulted before major IT projects are launched. The frequent result: distrust and skepticism, causing a rift to develop between IT and business. Good communication skills can go a long way toward healing that rift.”

What are the capabilities and skills that I viewed as more vital than any others?

“Excellent communication skills, both oral and written. Great listening skills, especially if what you need to hear is bad news. And experience in planning projects, particularly in the areas of risk assessment and contingency planning. Many people don’t want to spend time on contingency planning.  After all, everything will go perfectly, or so we hope. In fact, I would say that over- optimism, or failure to accurately assess how long things will actually take, is a reason that contingency planning for projects as a disciplined process is not as well developed as it needs to be.”

We still try to imbue these skills in IT professionals today.

“Project managers can set an example by establishing frequent two-way communications activities between IT and business communities.  This is especially important when the news is not good, such as a schedule slip. Show your team that the more information they share openly, the greater the collaboration can be between IT and business. Welcome input from a variety of stakeholders, and hold peer reviews frequently. We all learn a lot when we take the time (and have the courage) to ask.”

Collaboration is the key to success when managing IT projects.  So is mentoring project members.

“Universities and colleges can be great sources of needed training, as are national associations such as the American Management Association and Toastmasters International.  Unfortunately, many of the best project managers just don’t have the luxury of spending time formally mentoring new folks. For many competencies, such as contingency planning, experience is still the best (and sometimes only) teacher.

What about selecting an IT project manager?

“When deciding who will run an important project, consider several factors … Questions I would ask include: Can you demonstrate a portfolio of projects you have managed? What’s your track record in meeting client expectations?  How satisfied would your customers say they’ve been? How successful have you been in meeting budgets and timelines?   Certification may be important, but it’s no substitute for relevant experience.”

So the bottom line is that a successful IT project manager has experience leading projects and excellent communications skills.
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[1] Nancy Settle-Murphy.  The right stuff for leading successful projects. Information Strategy: The Executives Journal 19(1):21-25 (Fall 2003).

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Coleman University Announces New President

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Norbert J. Kubilus, CCP MBCS

The Board of Trustees of Coleman University has announced that it unanimously elected Norbert J. Kubilus, CCP MBCS as the University’s next President & CEO during the Board’s meeting on Thursday, October 29th.

“I would like to congratulate and welcome Norbert to his new position,” said Mike Maier, Acting Chair of the Board of Trustees. “While we had a number of highly-qualified candidates, Norbert stood out for his experience as an executive and educator, as well as his proven leadership as Interim President since May. His record of achievement, personal history and values set him apart as the clear choice to carry our Vision, Mission, Institutional Learning Outcomes and Strategic Goals.”

Mr. Kubilus has been a member of the Coleman University Board of Trustees since June 2012 and served as Board Chair until he was asked to serve as Interim President in May 2015 while the Board conducted a Presidential Search. He is a career technology and operations executive who also has held faculty positions with New Jersey Institute of Technology and The College of New Jersey. Mr. Kubilus was also a Technology Leadership Partner with Tatum LLC and co-founded the Tatum Technology practice in Southern California.

“I am very honored to be the next president of Coleman University and am excited to engage the entire Coleman community to turn the dreams we have for the University into reality,” said Mr. Kubilus. “Our founder, Dr. Coleman Furr, was a pioneer in computer technology education when he and his wife Lois started the school 52 years ago. Coleman University today has a terrific team of faculty and staff with a ‘student first’ attitude and a passion for preparing our graduates to be leaders in technology-focused careers and their communities. ”

A graduate of Seton Hall University (BS) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (MS), Mr. Kubilus is a Certified Computing Professional (CCP) in Technology Management and Software Development. He is author of over 70 professional and academic publications on technology issues affecting business, as well as a frequent conference speaker. Computerworld named him a Premier 100 Information Technology Leader in 2007. He is a Past Association President for the Association of Information Technology Professionals and an elected member of the British Computer Society.

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Thanksgiving

Coleman University will be closed on Thursday, November 26th, & Friday, November 27th, in observance of Thanksgiving.

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Attendance Policy

Students are expected to be punctual and to attend every class session. Absences are recorded on the student’s Master record. A student’s success in his or her academic work is directly related to class attendance. More

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Job Opportunities – H&R Block, Outerwall

H&R Block is looking to fill ten (10) Technical Support positions. No experience is required. Students within their 2nd and 3rd mods can apply. They are offering one month of full-time paid training as well and are willing to work around student class schedules day or night. The pay for these positions is $14.50 per hour. The location they would be working from is about 10 minutes away from the campus. Open to students from all programs. So far, about 6 students have been hired by H&R Block.

Outerwall (ecoATM) is looking to fill seven (7) Electronics Processor positions within the next two weeks. No experience is required. This is a full time position, 8am-4:30pm, Monday through Friday. They are located in the Mira Mesa area about 12-15 minutes from our campus. These are considered a foot in the door positions and they do have IT positions that you can move into. The pay for the Electronics Processor positions is $10.00 per hour. Open to students of all programs.

Interested students should email David Camarena in Career Services for complete details.

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Do You Need Help Studying?

While it might feel like the term just started, we’re already in week 4 and that means midterms are just around the corner.

Here are some ways Coleman is here to help you get the most out of your study time. The library is open Monday through Thursday. It has a lounge and several computer work stations which are great for study sessions and finishing homework in a quiet atmosphere. The Center For Academic Success has teachers assistants on hand to help you in the morning and evening

Teachers are available after class to help with any problems you might have.

We want you to succeed so take advantage of what Coleman has to offer!

 

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Meet Your Financial Aid Advisors

Meet Ana, Elaine, Axel, Melissa, and Bridget. More

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Job Opening: Production Artist Lead

Career Services is looking for qualified students to apply for a Production Artist Lead position at a local San Diego company.

From the listing:

A qualified candidate to work closely with our Direct Marketing and Sales teams to fulfill customer production design requests for all marketing materials. The successful candidate will edit and review multiple versions of 2 and 4-color direct mail art packages for in-house printing and mailing.

Minimum Requirements:
Must be proficient in Adobe InDesign & Acrobat. Knowledge of print production strongly preferred. Ability to work a flexible schedule with overtime as needed, complete mailing projects for our clients with very tight turnarounds and assist with various office tasks in multiple departments periodically.

Technical Skills:
Is able to learn and proficiently utilize various software and data processing programs.
Experience with Microsoft Office applications and intermediate-level traditional computer skills.
Experience with Salesforce, Illustrator, & Photoshop a plus.
Graphic Arts, Marketing or Computer Sciences majors preferred.

Work Skills:
Strong eye for detail and excellent proof-reading skills.
Ability to work independently and multi-task with solid organizational skills.
Motivated, self-starter who is able to prioritize schedules and deadlines while working in a fast-paced environment.
Maintains high levels of quality and accuracy.

Leadership Skills:
Proactively supports company procedures and processes.
Ability to problem-solve, as well as evaluate and identify potential growth and procedural enhancement opportunities.
Is able to communicate and maintain a positive attitude while working with others.
Ability to motivate diverse team members and hold individuals accountable for their performance.

To apply for this position please contact your Career Services advisor.

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Job Opening & Intern Opportunity

Career Services is currently assisting students apply for the following positions:

Intern at a San Diego-area IT company.

Technical Support Specialist, downtown San Diego. Current student- no experience
is required. The position pays $15 – $17 to start.

Email Career Services or see your advisor for more information.

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Do You Need A Transcript Evaluation?

Third Party Course-by-Course Transcript Evaluation- what is it and why is it a requirement?

When an international student is applying to a university in America, the process can seem daunting. For a successful application process the best method is the simplest: start early and be organized. More

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