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Dr. Douglas Hawley

Dr. Douglas Hawley

Associate Professor and Director, School of Computer Science and Information Systems

"Truly take advantage of your courses. Try to learn as much as you can along the way."

Degrees Held:

  • Doctorate – University of Missouri, 2005
  • Master's – University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2000
  • Bachelor's – William Jewell College, 1991

Career Highlights:

Since 1994, Douglas Hawley has been either teaching Computer Science and Information Systems principles or practicing these principles, along with leadership and management principles, in industry.

At Northwest Missouri State University since 2014, he has been teaching database technology and database management along with other relevant courses. Prior to 2014, he was the Supervisor for Information Technology Support Systems for the Bar Products Group at Nucor Steel, the largest steel producer in the United States and traded on the New York Stock Exchange as NUE. His scholarly interests include database security, privacy, enterprise computing and computer science education.

In which online program(s) do you teach?

MBA General

Which class do you teach online?

Databases for Analytics

In what ways do you connect with online students?

The Canvas learning management systems allows for numerous points of contact, including threaded discussions, email, video conferencing, etc.

What do you want your students to take away from class?

I want them to learn how to not only use technology, but also to evaluate technology given a specific context.

Why did you start teaching?

Because I loved to learn, and technology gives us a never-ending wealth of new concepts and material.

What advice would you give to your online students?

Truly take advantage of your courses. Try to learn as much as you can along the way.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in the field in which you teach?

Someone who continues to develop themselves over a long duration and someone who loves learning and putting ideas into practice.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

I can't say one book or movie, but I love both books and movies that take on thought-provoking topics.

What do you do when you need a laugh?

Spend time with my family.

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