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The University of Fairfax provides high quality, practitioner-oriented online cybersecurity graduate programs. University of Fairfax utilizes an expert professional faculty who are senior practitioners in cybersecurity and/or field research methods. These experienced professionals help students to remain current with accelerating cybersecurity trends, and ensure that they may rapidly apply what they learn on the job, enabling them to continue to advance their careers. Faculty bios are provided below:

Dr. Claude L. Jenkins II currently serves as a Computer Science and Technology professional with the US Army Communications and Electronics Command, Software Engineer Center (CECOM SEC). In this capacity Dr. Jenkins co-chairs the Cybersecurity Strategy Integrated Product Team that manages the portfolio of programs and product under the General Fund Enterprise Business System – Army: GFEBS- Main, GFEBS –SA, Acquisition Management Support Solutions (AMS2), and the Army Contracting Writing System (ACWS) as well as its Functional stakeholders and interface partners Global Combat Support System – Army (GCSS-A), US Army Logistics Modernization Program (LMP), Integrated Personnel and Pay System – Army (IPPS-A), Army Enterprise System Integration Program (AESIP) and others.

A retired US Army Chief Warrant Officer Four serving with both the Ordnance and Signal Corps, Dr. Jenkins has 30 years of military, federal government, and contractor experience in Information Technology (IT), Information Assurance (IA), Cybersecurity, IT Project Management, Test and Evaluation, Acquisition Management, Systems Engineering and Lifecycle Logistics.

Dr. Jenkins most previous positions includes serving as a Senior Information Systems Security Officer Lead with Softworld Inc., Systems Engineer Level IV with CNA Analysis and Solutions, Information Technology Manager with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and a Senior System Program Analysist with JY and Associates, Inc., Dr. Jenkins is a recognized Cybersecurity Professional and considered a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for his work while serving with the United States Army with organizations such as the Program Executive Office Enterprise Information System (PEO EIS), PEO Soldier, US Army Southern Command (5th Army), 82nd Airborne Division, US Army Chief Information Office G6, Headquarters of the Army G8-Force Development Directorate, and the US Army Cyber Center of Excellence.

Dr. Jenkins holds a Doctorate Degree in Information Assurance with the University of Fairfax, a Master’s Degree in Computer Resource and Information Management with Webster University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science with Park University. As a member of the US Army Acquisition Workforce he holds the following Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certifications: Information Technology Level III, Science and Technology Management Level III, Test and Evaluation Level III, Engineering Level II, and Logistics Level II. Under the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI) Dr. Jenkins holds the Program and Project Management Level III certification for IT Systems Management.

Dr. Jenkins is an active member of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), and the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA).

Dr. Samuel Edgeston brings over a decade of experience in the field of business leadership and organizational development. He has served as the Graduate Chair of Business and Management, as well as the Graduate Chair of the College of Health Sciences. Dr. Edgeston has worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor, Board Certified Coach, and Rule 31 mediator. In addition to his role as Business Chair, Dr. Edgeston continues to consult in the Arizona and Tennessee area as an Executive, Corporate and Leadership Coach. Dr. Edgeston has also supervised and trained professionals and graduate students in civil mediation and organizational practice management and Leadership Development and Entrepreneurial thinking. Dr. Edgeston was also chief academic professor for the only Graduate Degree program in Forensic Psychology in the state of Tennessee. Philanthropically, Dr. Edgeston is the Chief Business Consultant for Overcomers, a not-for-profit organization providing scholarship opportunity to young people seeking faith-based school education. Currently, Dr. Edgeston is working toward advancing portfolio competence and scholarship of graduate business and leadership students.

Dr. C. Bruce Harmon, is a retired professor and university dean of engineering and computer science from Colorado Technical University where he served for ten years. He is a graduate of the Air Force Academy (aeronautical engineering) and obtained his MS in aeronautical engineering from Purdue. He earned his PhD in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Colorado.

He earned his Air Force pilot wings and then flew C-130s for five years out of Pope AFB, NC. He was selected to the Air Staff at the Pentagon where he undertook to develop detailed simulation models of the Soviet surface-to-air missile fleet. Then he joined the faculty at the AFA to teach engineering, math, and computer science to the cadets.

When he resigned from the AF, he stayed on as a research scientist with the AF Office of Scientific Research in the AF Reserve for twelve years, retiring as a Lt. Col. He served briefly as a senior systems engineer for Lockheed Martin and then Northrop Grumman before joining Hewlett Packard where he worked for seventeen years. At HP he began as a field applications engineer, assisting customers with embedded systems and software design. Later he took on division roles in R&D hardware, integrated circuit, and software development for HP products being made for embedded software developers.

He later worked as engineer, computer scientist, manager, director, and executive at Synopsys, Rudolph Technologies, KLA-Tencor, and GE. This inductrial experience included both hardware and software development for products at leading companies in their fields.

In 2002 he joined Colorado Tech as a professor of engineering and taught full-time in that role for two years. After a break in service he rejoined CTU for another eight years during which time he directed the computer science doctoral program and rose to university dean of engineering and computer science, retiring in 2016.

Today he teaches for University of Fairfax, Truman State University, and Capella University in software engineering, cybersecurity, cloud computing, and big data analytics. He also works as chief data architect for a Denver startup that is developing for a site being hosted on AWS. His software development experience includes use of C, C++, C#, Java, JavaScript, Scala, Swift, Python, R, and Matlab under Windows, OS-X, HP-UX, Solaris, Linux, iOS, and Android operating systems.

Noel Broman, PhD Noel Broman, PhD, has been working in Information Technology for twenty years, along with six years Instructional and Curriculum Design, nine years teaching Experience in Higher Education, ten years Project Management experience, and seven years as a Subject Matter Expert in Information Technology. Dr. Broman has an extensive background in Network Management and Design, with research interests in Telecommuting in the 21st Century, Effective Organizational Communication, Ethics in Information Technology, Information Systems Security & Control, and Quantum Computing. Dr. Broman has a Doctorate in Information Technology Management, a Master of Science in Management Information Systems, and a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. Dr. Broman is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and a Microsoft Certified Professional.

Dr. Javaid A. Syed, PhD, MS
I bring with me extensive experience in computer Science and Information technology due to my intensive work in designing banking, manufacturing and telecommunications systems. Some of my clients include Ford Motor Company, TRW, and Pakistan Telecommunications and the banking sector where I designed and implemented the very first ATM on-line network in USA.

I love teaching and believe that on-line education provides a unique opportunity to all types of learners. One of the critical areas that on-line environment heavily depends on is student discipline and focus. My education background comes from different countries and provides me an opportunity to compare and contrast different educational methodologies in my teaching styles. This diversity in education makes my teaching interesting and challenging. I am looking forward to engaging you in one of my classes.

Dr. Tim Godlove, PhD has over 30 years of experience in human resource management, information technology, and information security throughout the United States and abroad. Dr. Godlove is currently the National Cemetery Administration, Chief Information Officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs, where he supports the efforts that are critical for progress towards enhanced services for the nation's service members, veterans, and their families.

Dr. Godlove holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Information Systems, Information Assurance Policy from the University of Fairfax, a Master of Science in Administration, Information Resource Management from Central Michigan University, and a Bachelor's Degree from Chapman University. Completed the Chief Information Officer Program and Information Assurance Certification at the National Defense University. He is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute, Leadership for a Democratic Society, VA Senior Level, Federal Acquisition Program/Project Manager Program and the Leadership Veterans' Affairs Program. Dr. Godlove holds several graduate certificates, including the Federal IT Security Professional-Manager certification and the Information Assurance Certification, CNSS/NSA 4012/4011. He also has served on the Federal CIO Council IT Workforce Committee as the Vice-Chair, Managing Talent. Dr. Godlove has published books and articles on information security, privacy, identity, and healthcare information protection.

Dr. Kathleen M Hargiss, PhD, MBA, MA
I am currently Vice President of Pacific Sunrise Development, S.A., a corporation formed to manage rental property in Costa Rica. Part of the year, I spend at our property in the Jaco, Costa Rica area tending to business. Thanks to modern telecommunications and broad band internet service, I work online seamlessly and are able to fully support our students while perched between a Class 1 rainforest and the Pacific Ocean.

Until recently, I was affiliated with Strategic Resources (a Tampa-based firm) conducting preliminary venture capitalist research, due diligence and feasibility studies. Prior to this, I was the former Associate Dean of Academics and Chair for the Graduate School of Business (MBA) at Florida Metropolitan University. In 2003 I received the FMU Graduate Research Grant to design and implement a Web Based Instructor Orientation.

In the 1990s I was a professor at both the University of South Florida and the University of Tampa. Prior to that, I was the former director of an exclusive health spa in Houston, Texas. In the same decade, I founded a fitness studio in Chicago's Lake Shore area, successfully building and operating this business for several years. Other professional undertakings included health/fitness consultant, fitness director, author, as well as an instructor/scholarship recipient at Northwestern University. In my spare time, I earned a private pilot license, EMT license, and 2nd degree Black belt with national weapon awards in the martial arts.

Educationally, I earned a Ph.D. from the University of South Florida where I also completed Post-Doctoral studies in Technology, an MBA specializing in international business from the University of Miami (FL), an M.A. from Northwestern University (where I instructed for several years), Post Graduate studies in Stockholm, Sweden and a B.A. from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and also attended the University of Chicago. I also completed a post-graduate specialization in Management Information Systems.

In the past seventeen years participating online, the research background consists of 385 dissertations, 312 committees, 650 dissertation reviews and serving as a Co-Chief Editor for the International Journal of Strategic Technology (IJSITA).


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Distinguish yourself and advance your cybersecurity career by following the University of Fairfax Online Cybersecurity Education Path. No matter which graduate program you pursue, all of your courses will explore relevant cybersecurity policy and management issues, and you will complete a cybersecurity project in each course. You can apply what you learn and make significant contributions in your workplace right away.
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