Janet Alsup has been Assistant Professor of English Education at Purdue University since August of 2000. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2000 after teaching secondary school English for seven years. Her research interests are the teaching of writing, literature, and media literacy/cultural studies at the secondary level, English teacher education, critical pedagogies/literacies, qualitative and ethnographic research, and critical studies of young adult literature.
Professor.Alsup has published a book on best practices in English education as well as essays in Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture , the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy , the ALAN Review , and English Education . She has written and published several book chapters on subjects as diverse as making connections between high school and college curricula, the use of the “personal” in qualitative research, and Holocaust pedagogies.
Dr. Melissa Dark teaches information security courses in the Technology Management Masters of Science degree program and has guest lectured to a variety of audiences including college faculty, trustees, executives, and end users, on information security issues. Dr. Dark works with a variety of organizations such as the Indiana CPA Society, the Indiana State Police, the Indiana FBI, the US Secret Service, and InfraGard to broker security education. Dr. Dark is currently involved in a nation wide curriculum initiative to determine core information security topics to be included in accredited information security programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her research interests include methods for effectively transferring new knowledge into educational systems and organizations, and the return on investment for doing so.
Lori Floyd is an administrative assistant at CERIAS. Lori’s duties include the coordination and preparation of special events for continuing education and K-12 programs. Lori also works extensively with the K-12 newsletter article initiative and is responsible for maintaining and updating usage and feedback information.
Matt Iunghun is the technology coordinator for the Wabash Valley Educational Service Center (WVEC) in West Lafayette, Indiana. The Wabash Valley Education Center is a service organization dedicated to assisting teachers and administrators in their efforts to educate students. They provide cutting edge leadership to member schools by providing cost-effective, efficient resources for professional development, media services, technology, and cooperative purchasing. Matt assists the K-12 program by serving as a subject-matter expert, and advisor, and an instructor and host for the technology coordinator workshop series.
Net Literacy (Safe Connects)
CERIAS is a K-12 Outreach Partner with Net Literacy, which is an Indiana-based, youth-empowered movement with the goal of stamping out Internet illiteracy in Indiana and the rest of the world by increasing computer availability and Internet literacy traing opportunities, focusing on underserved youth, families, and seniors. Net Literacy’s Safe Connects program, located at http://www.safeconnects.netliteracy.org/, is designed to enable schools, religious institutions, and parents to educate their elementary and middle school youths about Internet safety.
Dr. Rausch is the executive director of the the Wabash Valley Educational Service Center (WVEC) in West Lafayette, Indiana. The Wabash Valley Education Center is a service organization dedicated to assisting teachers and administrators in their efforts to educate students. They provide cutting edge leadership to member schools by providing cost-effective, efficient resources for professional development, media services, technology, and cooperative purchasing. Dr Rausch assists the K-12 program by partnering with us for curriculum and technology initiatives and grant proposals.
An Assistant Professor of Educational Technology in the School of Education, Professor Richardson’s research focuses on K-12 technology integration including practices, professional development, diffusion of technology integration plans, and impediments to successful implementation. She is also involved in research of online learning environments and how social presence and interactions affect students’ perceptions, satisfaction, and learning.
Matt Rose is an instructional designer and the K-12 Outreach Coordinator at CERIAS. A former teacher, Matt now creates and delivers educational solutions in information assurance and security in a variety of formats and for a wide range of audiences, including K-12 audiences. An Assistant Professor in the College of Technology at Purdue, Matt also occasionally teaches TECH 623(W): Information Security, and EDCI 590S: Curriculum and Instruction for Information Security Educators. Matt is a board member of HECC, the Hoosier Educational Computer Coordinators, and a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Federal Information System Security Educator’s Association (FISSEA), the Indiana Computer Educators (ICE), the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Matt also serves as a mentor to the NetLiteracy SafeConnects program.
Matt’s research interests include information security literacy, risk communication, usability in information security, and the adoption of security practices and technologies in K-12 education; he has spoken at several conferences and written several articles on the subject of teacher awareness and practice of information security in K-12 schools.
Professor Schade taught high school English for eight years, earned a Master’s Degree in literature, studied Library and Information Science at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, and worked as a Library Media Specialist for three years. She has authored “Demystifying the Text: Teaching Literature in the High School Classroom” (English Journal, March 1996), for which she was awarded NCTE’s Paul and Kate Farmer Award for excellence in writing by a classroom teacher. She was named the All-University Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Award winner in 2002 at Western Michigan University for outstanding acheivement in research and creative activities.
Keith Watson is a research engineer at the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) at Purdue University. He returned to his alma mater after spending five years in the security industry and started work at the Center in August 2002. As an undergraduate in Computer Sciences, Keith volunteered his time to work in the Computer Operations, Audit, and Security Technologies (COAST) laboratory for Professor Spafford. For the Spring 2003 semester, Keith worked as a teaching assistant for CS 626. He currently is managing advanced security research projects in intrusion detection and security architecture. Keith assists the K-12 outreach program by serving as a subject-matter expert for a variety of initiatives. Graduate and Undergraduate Students and Groups
CERIAS has a rich history of interaction and collaboration with students from a variety of disciplines and with a variety of unique skills. The K-12 program is indebted to the following students, many of whom volunteered their time and services:
- Nathan Bingham (2004 - 2005) An undergraduate student in Computer Graphics, Nathan lead the technical design and development efforts for the project “Keeping Information Safe: Practices for K-12 Schools. ” Nathan’s design and programming skills have enabled CERIAS to take a learning-object approach to the design and development of its multimedia training. The end result of the project will be a reusable framework for developing and implementing a variety of multimedia-intensitive projects.
- Laura Brown (2004) Laura completed her educational technology practicum at CERIAS, focusing on an analysis of the K-12 website. Her analysis is being used as a guideline for the ongoing redesign of this site.
- CGT 411: Bobbi Henderson, Brad Kennedy, Bryan Foss, Jason Norman (2003) CGT 411 is a senior-level design class in the College of Technology. This group designed and developed a set of iconic representations for security-related concepts and topics that are used in a variety of educational materials.
- CGT 411: Fransisco Quesada, Jeff Hennis, Blain Brew, Ryan Griffith (2004) CGT 411 is a senior-level design class in the College of Technology. This group designed and developed a set of instructional illustrations that help learners visualize abstract concepts. The group successfully applied principles of design and educational pedagogy and androgyny to the project.
- Brad Harner (2003) Bradley Harner completed his educational technology practicum at CERIAS, focusing on converting paper-based educational materials to the online environment. Brad now works for Eli Lilly as an instructional designer.
- Matt Hoffman (2001 - 2002) Matt was a graduate assistant to the K-12 outreach program and helped implement and develop K-12 focused activities and materials.
- Brian Rice (2001 - 2002) Brian Rice worked as a graphic designer for CERIAS during his time as a master’s student in the College of Technology. Brian was responsible for the general CERIAS Learning Product packaging and marketing materials.
- Teri Schmidt (2002 - 2003) As a graduate assistant to the K-12 outreach program, Teri led the effort to integrate information security concepts into the K-12 curriculum by, among other efforts, working with teachers and media specialists to elicit feedback. An instructional designer by trade, Teri now lends her skills to Jet Blue, where she works as an analyst.
- Angel Tazzer-Roderiquez (2002 - 2003) Angel Tazzer worked as a graduate assistant for CERIAS, focusing on the design and development of the CERIAS Digital Library. While Angel’s primary focus was not on the K-12 program, he did contribute significantly to several areas of the program. Angel is now living in Texas with his wife.
- Dazhi Yang (2003 - 2004) Dazhi Yang has worked with CERIAS personnel on a variety of research-focused issues. Dazhi is a doctoral student in education and has studied teacher practices and perceptions of information security. Her efforts culminated in a round-table presentation at the annual AERA conference.