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David Beard

David Beard

Professor of Computer Science

Office: Business Administration 341

(208) 282-2684

David Beard is a Professor of Computer Science and has been at ISU for over 20 years. He double majored in Math with a Computing Emphasis and Philosophy at Hope College (1978 before earning a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor (1985) focused on Databases and Human Computer Interaction. Dr. Beard has worked for Ford Motor Company Engineering, GTE Government Systems, and Siemens Corporate Research.

Dr. Beard has over 95 patents, publications and presentations, including the Journal of Radiology, of Behaviour & Information Technology, the Journal of Human Computer Interaction, SIGCHI, and CSCW. He has been principal investigator on National Institute of Health and U.S. Army grants, served on NIH and Army study sections reviewing grant proposals, and conducted reviews for the National Science Foundation and numerous journals and conferences. Dr. Beard is past chair for the society for Computer Applications in Radiology and served on the Computer Science, Radiology, and Medical Informatics faculty at UNC Chapel Hill. He has built interactive database visualization tools involving hundreds of thousands of lines of code in 31 programming languages for Engineers, the U.S. Army, homeland security, hospitals, and Radiologists.

Dr. Beard taught his first programming class in 1980. He has taught Introduction to Programming (CS-I) in seven languages as well as CS-II (Object-Oriented Programming), Data Structures, Algorithms, Databases, Advanced Databases, Lisp, Software Engineering, Computer Science Senior Project, Computer Organization, System Programming and Assembly, and Human Computer Interaction.

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Paul Bodily

Assistant Professor

Office: Business Administration 539


Professor Bodily joined ISU in the Fall of 2018 as an Assistant Professor of Computer Science. His research addresses the question of whether or not computers can exhibit autonomous creativity, focusing particularly on the domain of lyrical music composition and the challenge of global structure. His approach incorporates a modular machine learning framework called hierarchical Bayesian program learning, which facilitates breaking the problem of music composition into smaller pieces, and focuses primarily on developing machine learning models that solve the problems related to structure. He has developed an adaptation of non-homogenous Markov models that enables long-range constraints and a structural learning model adapted from the Smith-Waterman alignment method, which extends sequence alignment techniques from bioinformatics. He has incorporated these advances into a full-fledged computational creative system called Pop* (pronounced popstar) and has shown through various evaluative methods that the system can be argued to possess, to varying degrees, the characteristics of creativity. Professor Bodily's prior research also includes several bioinformatics publications on heterozygous genome assembly algorithms.
Dr. Bodily holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from Brigham Young University (BYU). He graduated summa cum laude from BYU with a B.S. in Bioinformatics, a B.A. in Italian, and minors in Computer Science and Music. Dr. Bodily has an extensive music background as a composer and performer. In addition to playing several instruments, he is an alumnus of BYU’s 9-man internationally-renowned a cappella group, Vocal Point.
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Isaac Griffith

Assistant Professor

Office: Business Administration 336


Professor Griffith joined ISU in the Fall of 2018 as an Assistant Professor of Computer Science. His research addresses the questions concerning the nature of software engineering phenomena and their effects on software quality, focusing particularly on design pattern disharmonies. His approach utilizes the application of methods from statistics and data science to help further the development of a fundamental theory and scientific basis for the field of software engineering. Towards this he has developed several methods to evaluate the effects of various phenomena occurring within source code through a technique known as "software injection" which can be applied to a wide range of software issues including those inducing technical debt to those inducing security vulnerabilities. Professor Griffith's prior research also includes several publications concerning computational ecology and simulation.

Professor Griffith holds a M.S. in Computer Science from Montana State University (MSU). He graduated MSU with a B.S. in Computer Science, a B.A. in Philosophy, and a graduate certificate in Applied Statistics. Additionally, Dr. Griffith is an avid fly fisherman and snowboarder.

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Office: BA 317C


Kevin Parker

Professor and Chair of the Department of Informatics and Computer Science

Office: Business Administration 534


Kevin Parker is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Informatics and Computer Science at Idaho State University. In seventeen years at Idaho State University, he has taught a broad range of courses, held various administrative positions, and conducted research with colleagues from multiple disciplines and from various universities both in the United States and abroad.

While Dr. Parker has taught a wide variety of informatics and computer science courses, he specializes in development-related courses, including introductory and advanced programming courses, web development, systems analysis and design, and database design and implementation. He was recognized as 2011 Faculty Member of the Year by the Associated Students of Idaho State University, recognized as a 2011-2012 Outstanding Master Teacher by Idaho State University, recognized as a 2010-2011 Outstanding Master Teacher by Idaho State University, and received the ISU College of Business 2002-2003 Outstanding Teacher Award.

Dr. Parker has almost 70 peer-reviewed publications, among which are 28 journal articles, and he received the ISU College of Business 2005-2006 Outstanding Research Award. His research involves an ongoing exploration of the skills and knowledge needed by information technology graduates and how they can be best prepared to obtain them. That research falls into three major streams: Improved Teaching of Core IT Courses, Impact of Developments in Information Systems on Curriculum, and Emerging Systems Development Issues.

Dr. Parker holds a B.A. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin (1982), an M.S. in Computer Science from Texas Tech University (1991), and a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from Texas Tech University (1995). Prior to entering academia, he gained industry experience as a programmer/analyst for Conoco, Inc., a Fortune 500 company. His ePortfolio is available here.

Corey Schou

Corey Schou


Office: Business Administration 406


Professor Corey Schou is the University Professor of Informatics and serves as the director of the Informatics Research Institute and the National Information Assurance Training and Education Center (NIATEC). He also serves as associate dean for the College of Business.

He is a founder and past board chairperson of the oldest computer security educators forum: the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE). He is a prolific author with hundreds of books, papers, articles and presentations.

Dr. Schou has designed and developed management information and training systems for organizations as diverse as the Federal Express, Microsoft, American Bankers Association, and General Motors. He works closely with senior management at Apple Computer, Microsoft, United Airlines and other major corporations.

He was selected as the 1996 Educator of the Year by the Federal Information Systems Security Educators Association and the ISSA service award. In 1997 he received the TechLearn award for contributions to distance education. Dr. Schou was the 2001 recipient of the (ISC)2 Tipton award for outstanding contribution to the computer security discipline. In 2002 Dr. Schou was selected as the Outstanding Public Servant for his sustained contributions to the academy.

In 2003, Dr. Schou was appointed as the University Professor of Informatics. University Professorships are awarded to individuals whose path breaking work crosses the boundaries of different disciplines. He has been selected twice by his college as researcher of the year and has been recognized once for his service record.


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