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Business Informatics

Kevin Parker, Ph.D.

Department Chair of Informatics, Professor of Informatics

Office: BA 534

(208) 282-4783

Ph.D. Texas Tech University

MS Texas Tech University

BS University of Texas

Prior to joining academia, Dr. Parker developed software systems for Conoco, Inc., one of the top Fortune 500 companies. He was selected as the 2011 Faculty Member of the Year by the Associated Students of ISU, and was recognized as an Outstanding Master Teacher by ISU in 2011 and 2012. In 2002-2003 he also received the College of Business Outstanding Teacher Award. Dr. Parker’s research interests are in improved teaching of core IT courses, the impact of developments in the Information Systems of Curriculum and Emerging Systems Development Issues.

Jon Holmes

Clinical Assistant Professor of Informatics

Office: BA 541

(208) 282-3215

MBA Idaho State University
BBA Idaho State University

Years of service: August 2015 (informatics) 2003 (Computing-related positions)
Professor Holmes focuses on application development and implementation using Internet-based applications. He has been developing web projects and applications over the last 20 years. Homes has taught courses in both Informatics and Computer Science. He was formerly a Systems Analyst with the Informatics Research Institute. He has been involved in research projects that use the internet as a common platform.

Robert “Bob” Houghton, Ph.D.

Interim Associate Dean, Assistant Professor of Informatics

Office: BA 204

(208) 282-3707

BM Utah State
MS Utah State
Ph.D. Utah State University

Dr. Houghton has served as both an Informatics professor as well as the previous systems administrator for the College of Business. In his role as a professor, Dr. Houghton takes his real world experiences and applies them in the classroom to help provide further insight to students. Through his research, Houghton works to find new ways of keeping data safe and accessible.

Tom Ottaway, Ph.D.

Professor of Informatics

Ph.D. Texas Tech University
MS Texas Tech University
BS Wichita State University

Velma Payne, Ph.D.

Program Director of Health Informatics

Office: BA 533

(208) 282-5731

Ph.D. Biomedical Informatics
M.S. Biomedical Informatics
M.B.A. Robert Morris College
M.S. Computer Information Systems
B.S. Computer Science

Dr. Payne is the Program Director of Health Informatics in the College of Business, with a dual appointment as Assistant Professor in the Kasiska Division of Health Sciences. Dr. Payne has had a progressive 35-year career in Information Technology before entering academia. Her entrepreneurial spirit resulted in co-ownership of a non-profit LLC that developed healthcare computer applications to enhance clinical practice. Her research focuses on diagnostic errors, patient experience and engagement, use of feedback and metacognition to enhance clinical reasoning, cognitive aspects of medical decision-making and the impact of cognitive heuristics and biases on diagnosis.

Corey Schou, Ph.D.

Professor of Informatics

Office: BA 439

(208) 282-3194

Ph.D. Florida State University
MS Florida State University
BS Rollins College

Michael B. McGregor

Clinical Professor, Informatics and Computer Science Systems Administrator, College of Business

Office: BA 317C

(208) 282-3040

MS University of Idaho
BS Idaho State University

Michael served in the Air Force in cyber security for 6 years and served as a systems administrator for Idaho State University for 8 years. During this time, Michael earned his undergraduate in Computer Science from Idaho State in 2016 and earned his Master of Science in Computer Science from University of Idaho in 2018. He is currently working on his PhD from University of Idaho. Michael's research focuses on cyber security education, applications in augmented reality, and data protection and privacy in the digital age. He teaches Operating Systems, Systems Programming, Assembly, Networking, Virtualization, Advanced Web Development, and Compilers.