Biography for Constance A. Knapp, Ph.D

Constance (Connie) A. Knapp is an Associate Professor and Assistant Chair of Information Systems at Pace University in New York, New York. She has served as a faculty member at Pace’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems since 1985. Prior to that, she ran her own business consulting practice specializing in systems analysis and design, software and hardware selection and systems integration on microcomputers, minicomputers and mainframes. This continued in tandem with her teaching until 1991. From 1979 to 1983, she managed financial information systems for the New York Times, including financial systems development. Her earlier experience includes analytic and management work for The Equitable Life Assurance Society, training and technical work with Rapidata, Inc. and programming analysis with The Home Insurance Company.

Dr. Knapp believes in excellence in education and enjoys the art of instruction. Her approach is to combine theory with practice in the classroom. She strives diligently to keep current with continuous changes in the industry and updates her course materials and lectures accordingly. Her working philosophy is that good teaching can always be improved and regularly tries new things in the classroom, soliciting formal and informal feedback from students and making adjustments with that input in mind. She believes in mentoring students and so is accessible and active as a freshman and graduate advisor and in 1991, received the Philip A. Fulvi Advisor of the Year Award in recognition of her work with the student chapter of the ASM. Connie was also instrumental in establishing the Pace Computer Society.

Connie received her doctorate from the City University of New York (1995), an MBA from Fordham University (1975) and a BA in Mathematics from the State University in New York (1969). She is listed in Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who of Women Executives and Who’s Who in the Computer Industry. Her professional affiliations include ACM, AIS, DSI, INFORMS and IEEE’ Computer Society. In 1988, she received the Outstanding Service Award from the New York Chapter of the ASM which she also served as an officer. She has also served as an officer and board member for the New York Chapter of INFORMS.

Her publications include articles in Computerworld and papers presented at the International Federation of Information Processing Society, the School of Computer Science and Information Systems Technical Report Series, the Americas Conference on Information Systems and the Decision Sciences Institute. She has also reviewed database and systems design and analysis texts for McGraw-Hill, MacMillan, John Wiley, Richard D. Irwin and Prentice-Hall publishers.

Finally, Connie has been active in her community, serving as an officer and active member of her church.

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Date of last revision: January 20, 1998