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Information Technology: Characterization, Education and Professionalization

Susan M. Merritt    [a1] [a2]
School of Computer Science and Information Systems
Pace University    [u1] [u2]

In just the last few years the term "IT" has been used widely, often instead of IS, or CS, for example. This talk will explore what IT is, what it means for education and what it means for practitioners.

Dr. Merritt joined Pace University in 1975. She is now professor of computer science and founding Dean of the School of Computer Science and Information Systems, established in 1983. As dean, she has also led the University's technology planning.

Dr. Merritt received the Ph.D. and the M.S. in computer science from New York University's Courant Institute. She received the B.A. degree from the Catholic University of America where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and from where she graduated summa cum laude. She makes regular contributions to the computing literature and makes presentations in computer science as well as in social, organizational and educational issues related to information technology. She has been active nationally in the Association for Computing Machinery and is now chair of the ACM Distinguished Lecturer program. She is a member of the Computer Science Accreditation Commission and has chaired accreditation visits for more than ten years. She serves on Technical Advisory Boards of the New York State Literacy Volunteers of America, the New York University Multimedia Research Center and the American Red Cross.

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