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Department of Computing Sciences Faculty and Staff



Dr. Crystal Cox Dr. Crystal Cox
Assistant Professor
CSCC 160F 
Bio: Dr. Crystal Cox is an Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems at Coastal Carolina University. She completed her undergraduate degree in Computer Science here at Coastal, where she graduated as valedictorian. After graduation, she worked as a programmer/analyst at Horry Telephone.
Research Interests: security patterns, pattern languages, aspect-oriented programming 
 Jean French Dr. Jean H. French
Assistant Professor
CSCC 160H 

Bio: Jean French earned an MBA from the University of Massachusetts / Boston (2000), and a Ph.D. in Computer Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University (2011). She also earned a Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance: Administration in Information Security from Nova Southeastern University.
Research Interests: Multimedia 
 William Jones Dr. William Jones Jr 
Chair & Asst. Prof.
CSCC 160N 

Bio: William Jones is a native of Conway, SC. He graduated from Conway High School in 1995 and attended Clemson University where he obtained a BS ('99), MS ('00) and PhD ('05), each in Computer Engineering.
Research Interests: My research interests include parallel computing, parallel file systems, computational grids, job scheduling, performance evaluation and modeling, and discrete event simulation. 
Dr. Sathish A.P Kumar 
Assistant Professor
CSCC 160L 
Bio: Sathish A.P Kumar has more than a decade experience in industry prior to joining academia. He received his Ph.D. in CS (2007), MS in CS (2001) and MBA (2001) from the University of Louisville, KY. His PhD research is in the area of design and development of Intrusion Detection and Response frameworks for Cyber Security.
Research interests:
 Cyber Security (Pertaining to Cloud Security, RFID Security and Social Network Security), Cloud Computing/Big Data Analytics and Bio-Medical/Health Informatics Applications
 Brian Larkins Dr. D. Brian Larkins
Assistant Professor
CSCC 160G 

Bio: Brian Larkins has spent over 10 years in industry prior to returning to academia. He received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 2010 studying high-performance computing using irregular data structures.
Research Interests: My research focus is on developing programming language support for parallel computations. My dissertation research focused on run-time systems for globally addressable data structures on distributed-memory clusters. 
 Jeff Linder Prof. Jeff Linder
Assistant Professor 
CSCC 160C 
Bio: I was born and raised in a small farm town in Illinois. After dropping out of college, I worked professional theater in New York and New Jersey for 2 years. I went into the military and served 5 years. I then went back to college and finished my under graduate degree in 1975. I spent 9 years teaching middle school and high school Math, coaching several sports, including wrestling, track, golf, baseball, football and basketball. I taught at Western Illinois University for four years, and came to Coastal in 1988.
Research Interests: Introductory programming, machine based programming, and critical thinking. Programming languages and the history/time line of how they developed.
Michael Murphy Dr. Michael Murphy
Assistant Professor 
CSCC 160D 
Bio: Dr. Mike Murphy earned his B.S. in Computer Science from the Clemson University Calhoun Honors College in 2005, where he graduated summa cum laude. After a brief period of study at Syracuse University, he returned to Clemson University, completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science in May 2010, and then joined the CCU faculty in August 2010. 
Research Interests: Cyberinfrastructure, environmental sensing systems, atmospheric and environmental modeling, data management.
Erin Rickard Dr. Erin Rickard
Assistant Professor 
CSCC 160E 
Bio: Erin Rickard received a B.S.E.E. (’99) and M.Eng. (’01) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Louisville. She earned the Ph.D. (’08) in Computer Science Engineering researching the effectiveness of self-organizing maps for mammographic image analysis. 
Research Interests: My research interests include biomedical image analysis, image processing, computational intelligence, neural networks, clustering algorithms, machine learning and medical image perception.



Joyce Barnes Prof. Joyce Barnes 
CSCC 160B 
Bio: Joyce Barnes is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. In 1993, Joyce earned a BS in Education from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio and has taught in Ohio, NC and SC. She earned a Masters from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA in 2000 and was hired to work as an adjunct professor at Coastal and HGTC, and later as a full-time lecturer at Coastal in 2010. 
Teaching Interests: Microsoft Office Suite, distance learning education.
 Clint Fuchs Prof. Clint Fuchs
CSCC 160J 
Bio: Clint Fuchs completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology (BS), and earned a MS in Computer Science from the University of South Carolina in 2002. Prof. Fuchs became a full-time lecturer for the department in 2009. 
Research Interests: Data mining, education, machine learning, mobile app development, and software engineering
 ‌‌‌‌‌Computing Sciences Department Lecturer Cory Nance Prof. Cory Nance 
CSCC 160I 


Bio: Prof. Nance completed his master's degree in Computer Science at Georgia Southern University, and his undergraduate degree at Coastal Carolina University. He has experience working with relational databases, software development, and as a systems administrator. 
Research Interests: System administration, design patterns, and data mining



Computing Sciences Department Administrative Specialist Lesley Holody Mrs. Lesley Holody 
Admin. Specialist 
CSCC 160M 
Bio: Lesley Holody is a native of Roanoke, Virginia. She attended Mary Washington College (now Univ. of Mary Washington) in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where she earned a B.A. in International Affairs. She then worked in the fuel industry for 5 years before moving to Myrtle Beach in 2011. She, her husband, and her dog Roby, all love living in Myrtle Beach. Outside of work, Ms. Holody enjoys reading mystery novels, practicing speaking and reading French, and visiting the beach. She is thrilled to be a part of the CSIS department at CCU!

Professors Emeriti

 ‌ Prof. E. Eugene Collins
Professor Emeritus 
CSCC 160L 
Bio: Professor Collins is retired Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Computer Science. He attended the University of South Carolina where he earned a BS in Mathematics in 1970 and MS in Mathematics in 1972. In 1979-81 he retrained in computer science, taking additional graduate courses at the University of South Carolina. 
Research Interests: Computer Science education, ethics in computer science, programming languages.
 Steve Sheel Dr. Steve Sheel
Distinguished Professor Emeritus 
Atlantic Center 119 
843.283.9991 (cell) 
Bio: Dr. Stephen Sheel, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, joined the Coastal Carolina University faculty in 1988. He has twice had the honor to Chair the Department of Computer Science & Information Systems at Coastal. Dr. Sheel played an instrumental role in the establishment of the South Carolina Gamma Chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the International Honor Society for the Computing Sciences, the ABET accreditation for the Computer Science Degree and the establishment of the BS Degree in Information Systems. 
Research Interests: His research interests include: Computer Security, Machine Learning, Computer Science Education and Bioinformatics.

Teaching Associates

Timothy Burke 
Teaching Associate 
CSCC 165/160O 
Chad Casselman 
Teaching Associate 
CSCC 160Q 
Dr. Joyce Dorman 
Teaching Associate 
CSCC 165
Dennis French
Teaching Associate 
PRIN 205 
Manonmani Kumar 
Teaching Associate 
CSCC 160M 
William Marilla
Teaching Associate 
CSCC 160M 
Richard Matthews 
Teaching Associate 
CSCC 160M 
James Streicher 
Teaching Associate 
Katherine Wagner 
Teaching Associate 
Tally Wright 
Teaching Associate 
CSCC 165