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Dr. Gordon Richards joined Geneva College in 1999 as a part-time instructor in Business. He taught courses in Information Systems, Business Analytics, Operations Management, and Project Management. In 2011, Dr. Richards joined the faculty of the college full-time as the Department Chair of Business, Accounting, and Management. While serving as Chair of that department, Dr. Richards created the college’s first 3+1 program, enabling students to complete a BS Business Administration, and a Master of Business Administration in four years. In 2017, Dr. Richards transitioned to the area of Computer Science. The following year he established the BS Computer Information Systems, BS Cybersecurity, and MS Cybersecurity for the college. During this time, he also created the college’s second 3+1 program. This program permits students to earn a BS Computer Science, with a minor in Cybersecurity, and an MS Cybersecurity in four years. He currently teaches a variety of Computer Science and Cybersecurity courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, and several cross-disciplinary courses servicing students from other departments on campus.

Dr. Richards holds a BS Management and Computer Information Systems from Park College (1992), a MS Computer Resource and Information Management from Webster University (1994), and a DSc Information Systems and Communications from Robert Morris University (2012).

Prior to joining the faculty of Geneva College, Dr. Richards enjoyed a nearly 28-year career in the United States Air Force, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and the 171st Communications Squadron Commander, under the 171st Air Refueling Wing in Pittsburgh, PA. He held various positions related to weapons, communications, and cybersecurity. During his service, Dr. Richards deployed to Iraq (2005), serving as the Theater Chief for Information Assurance, Guam (2006), as the Executive Officer for a deployed flying unit, and Afghanistan (2007), where he commanded the 453 Expeditionary Communications Flight.

Dr. Richards lives in Enon Valley, PA on a hobby farm with his wife Lisa. They raise cattle, chickens, and honeybees. They enjoy gardening, traveling in their motorhome with their three Great Danes, and being active in the lives of their students. They have three children – Reece (Fargo, ND), Peyton (Bondurant, IA), and Croix (Enon Valley, PA).

Disciplines/Field of Instruction

  • Computer Science
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Cybersecurity

Degrees Received

  • D.Sc. Information Systems and Communication, 2012, Robert Morris University
  • M.S. Computer and Information Resource Management, 1994, Webster University
  • B.S. Management/Computer Information Systems, 1992, Park College

Courses Taught

  • BUS 140 – Introduction to Business Computing
  • BUS 241 – Quantitative Analysis I
  • BUS 242 – Quantitative Analysis II
  • BUS 341 – Development of Information Systems I
  • BUS 342 – Development of Information Systems II
  • BUS 343 – Systems Analysis and Design
  • BUS 344 – Management of Information Systems
  • BUS 415 – Operations Management
  • BUS 491 – Tour de Commerce
  • BUS 630 – Decision Support Systems and Management Information Systems
  • BUS 680 – Research Methodology
  • BUS 681 – Project Management
  • BUS 685 – Operations Management I
  • BUS 686 – Operations Management II
  • BUS 691 – Pioneering Technology Studies
  • BUS 691 – Quality Management
  • CSC 101 – Structured Programming
  • CSC 102 – Object Oriented Programming
  • CSC 133 – Survey of Computer Science
  • CSC 190 – HTML and CSS
  • CSC 203 – Software Engineering
  • CSC 204 – Algorithms
  • CSC 251 – Networking and Security
  • CSC 311 – Cyberethics
  • CSC 363 – Database Systems
  • CSC 441 – Project Management
  • HMN 491 – Disciplines of a Godly Man
  • HMN 491 – How Then Should We Work
  • HMN 491 – Money, Greed and God
  • SSC 101 – Learning and Transition

Current Projects

Information Assurance Training at the 171st Air Refueling Wing: Computer-Based Training vs. Instructor-Based Training Knowledge Transfer, Retention and Satisfaction Comparatively Analyzed

This study looked at knowledge transfer, retention and student satisfaction associated with IBT and CBT modes of delivery for information assurance awareness training at the 171st Air Refueling Wing. The study tested these delivery modes to determine if one method is more effective than the other in the selected organization.

The study used a quantitative approach to test the hypotheses. This included a pre-test before training was provided through one of the two delivery methods and post-test administered immediately after the training. The students were asked to complete a brief survey regarding their opinion of the training. Finally, at 90 days post-test, the students were tested again to evaluate longer term retention form each delivery mode.

Speaking Engagements

  • Supply Chain Management and IT Procurement in the Air National Guard, University of Pittsburgh, Katz School of Business, Pittsburgh, PA
  • IT Governance in the Air National Guard, Robert Morris University, School of Communications and Information Systems, Moon Township, PA
  • Veteran’s Day Speaker, Robert Morris University, Moon Township, PA
  • What are you doing for His Kingdom?, Bethel Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Enon Valley, PA
  • What if Today is the Day?, Bethel Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Enon Valley, PA
  • Life Matters, Center Presbyterian Church, Slippery Rock, PA

Affiliations, e.g., membership in professional organizations, etc.

  • Program Reviewer – Argosy University Online Programs, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Alpha and Omega Center – President of the Board of Directors
  • Business and Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees at Geneva College (previous)
  • Delta Mu Delta International Honors Society of Business Board of Directors (previous)
  • Christian Business Faculty Association (CBFA) (previous)
  • Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group for Computer Science Education (SIGCSE)
  • Project Management Institute (PMI)
  • International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2)
  • National Guard Association of the United States
  • Pennsylvania National Guard Associations
  • Reserve Officers Association
  • Disabled American Veterans
  • National Rifle Association

Miscellaneous, e.g., hobbies, sports, personal info, etc.

  • Retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Cyber Operations Office with 28 years of services in cyber and training. Deployments to Egypt (′97), Iraq (′05), Guam (′06) and Afghanistan (′07).
  • Married (Lisa) with three children (Reece, Peyton, Croix)
  • We live in Enon Valley and enjoy gardening, caring for our horses and chickens. When we can find the time, we enjoy camping. I have been active in coaching youth football, soccer, swimming and baseball for many years. We are active members of Christ Presbyterian Church in Chippewa Township, PA.

Academic Distinctives

Dr. Richards has worked at Geneva College for 24 years, and has previously been the Department Chair of Business, Accounting, and Management. He in currently the Department Chair of Computer Science.

Dr. Richards developed two of the 3+1 programs offered at Geneva. While working in the business department he developed the Business Administration 3+1 program, then when he shifted to the computer science department, he developed the Computer Science 3+1 program.

Dr. Richards served as Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Cyber Operations Office with 28 years of services in cyber and training.