Computer Information Technology Faculty

J. Stephanie Collins - Professor


Dr. J. Stephanie Collins is a professor of computer information technology in the university's School of Business. Collins previously taught at the University of Wisconsin and Northeastern University. She also works as a consultant for corporations and the government and has spoken at many conferences.

Collins received her Bachelor of Business Administration and her Doctor of Philosophy in Management Science from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Recent presentations include Movafaghi, S., Collins, J. Stephanie, Chan, T., 8th International Conference on the Book, "The Costs and Benefits of the Electronic Private Library," Common Ground, St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Publications include ''Digital Rights Management: Effects on Research Support in the Context of a University Library,'' in The International Journal of the Book, vol. 5, and ''Teaching Ethical Business Practices in a Multicultural Classroom: Understanding Differences to Find Common Ground,'' IBFR Journal, June 2011.

Community service includes developing software and systems to manage the database at the Greater Derry Humane Society and acting as an advisory board member at the Nashua Technical College.

Collins is past president of the Greater Boston Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery, a member of the Software Association of New Hampshire, and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Collins serves on many SNHU committees including the School of Business - AACSB Task Force, the Women Faculty Scholarship Committee, and as an editorial board member for SNHU's literary journal, Amoskeag; the SNHU Equity Committee, and coordinator of the Speaker Series, CIT Department. She is a member of the Faculty Senate and is also a member of the SNHU Board of Trustees.

Philip Funk - Associate Professor

Philip Funk is an associate professor of Information Technology. Prior to coming to SNHU in 1982, Funk was the director/vice president at Blue Cross Blue Shield and a programmer/analyst at MDC Corporation.

He is a Sun Certified Programmer for Java 2, Sun Microsystems and a member of the Greater Boston Chapter of ACM.

Funk received his Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Engineering from Drexel University and his Master of Science from the Sloan School Massachusetts Institute of Technology, majoring in Industrial Management.

He co-authored a computer programming text workbook. Seidman, R., Funk, P., Isaak, J., Lewis, L. (2008). "Fluency with Alice." Boston, Ma: Pearson - Addison Wesley.

Robert Seidman - Professor


Dr. Robert Seidman began teaching at the university level in 1969 and joined SNHU in 1981. Seidman is a professor of Information Technology and served as the Computer Information Technology Department chair from 1995 to 2003.

He is the author of many journal articles and a book that has been hailed as the first theory of the logic and behavior of national educational systems, ''Predicting the Behavior of the Education System," with Thomas F. Green, senior author, and David P. Ericson. His latest book is ''Saving Higher Education: The Integrated, Competency-Based Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program.''

Seidman was the Southern New Hampshire University Faculty Scholar for the 2010-2011 academic year. He is a founding board member of SNHU’s literary journal, Amoskeag, and continues to serve on its editorial board.

He serves as the executive editor of the Journal of Education Computing Research and is a fellow in the Philosophy of Education Society, a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, IEEE Computer Society, American Educational Research Association and the American Association of Artificial Intelligence.

Seidman received his Bachelor of Science from Rutgers University and his Master of Science and Doctorate of Philosophy from Syracuse University, School of Computer and Information Science.


Shahriar Movafaghi - Professor

A professor of information technology since 2002, Dr. Shahriar Movafaghi is the owner of MovaSoft, Inc.

Movafaghi received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from LSU and a Master of Science in Computer Science and a Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science from Northwestern University.

Selected publications include, Shahriar Movafaghi, S. Hojjati, H. Pournaghshband, T. Chan, J. S. Collins (2012). ''Impact of Virtualization Technology in the IT Classroom,'' The 2012 World Congress in Computer Science, Computer

Engineering, and Applied Computing, and Shahriar Movafaghi, Jack Bullock (2011). ''Sentiment Web Mining Architecture,'' Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, Volume 26, Pages 191-197.

Movafaghi has done numerous presentations including Shahriar Movafaghi, H. Pournaghshband, T. Chan, J. S. Collins, ''Accessibility to the Electronic Private Library,'' The 2012 Book Conference, Spain, Barcelona.

Tom Chan - Professor


Dr. Tom Chan has been with SNHU since 2000. He is responsible for teaching courses in systems design and analysis, data communication, security, web and multimedia development, project management, IT strategy and policy.

Chan is an active researcher conducting studies in network management, policy and security, technology design and deployment in ecommerce, and emerging technology adaptation and diffusion in education. Prior to SNHU, he was an assistant professor at Marist College, a project manager and software engineer specialized in communication network at Citibank.

With publications in over 60 peer-reviewed journals and international conferences, Chan has published works in the area of instructional design, distance learning, technology adaptation & diffusion, information security and mobile technology.

He received his Bachelor of Science from California State University, Master of Science from the University of Southern California, Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University and Doctor of Education from Texas Tech University.

William Gillett - Dean of School of Business


William Gillett, J.D., came to SNHU in 2010 after spending the first 25 years of his career in international business and the law. Immediately prior to joining SNHU, Gillett served as president of RiverStone Resources, an international insurance and reinsurance organization specializing in the management of large, long-tail liabilities, where he was responsible for its overall strategic direction and new business acquisitions. Gillett brings a wealth of business and international partnerships, many formed as managing director for RiverStone’s European division.

Gillett holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School.

Gillett is also an active participant in New Hampshire's business and philanthropic communities including New Hampshire Public Radio, the International Institute of New England, the New Hampshire High Technology Council and the New Hampshire Writers' Project.