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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Informatics

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Location: Griffin Hall 500
Telephone: 859-572-5668
Fax: 859-572-6176
Email Address:
Web Address:
Dean: Kevin Kirby
Other Key Personnel:

Associate Dean: Maureen Doyle
Business Officer: Pam Wagar
Director of Development: Kendall Fisher
Executive Assistant to the Dean: L. Sue Murphy-Angel
Events and Communication Coordinator: Krista Rayford

The College of Informatics offers a 21st-century perspective on the disciplines that have information at their core. We are home to the departments of communication, computer science, and business informatics. Through our outreach arm, the Center for Applied Informatics, our students have the opportunity to work with companies and other organizations on cutting-edge projects.

The college offers ten bachelor’s degrees, five master’s degrees, and a variety of certificates, both graduate and undergraduate. Several of our programs are available in a variety of forms, including traditional face-to-face, fully online, and hybrid formats. Many of them accommodate working professionals who are only available for coursework in the evening and on weekends.

We have energetic faculty who have a passion for teaching, who are dedicated researchers, and who have a strong sense of civic engagement. Our advising center has a staff of eight to help students advance smoothly through their course of studies here.

Our home is NKU’s state-of-the-art informatics center, Griffin Hall. In this open and social space, students have the opportunity to use the newest technologies and collaborate in innovative ways.

Above all, we embrace a culture of silo-breaking transdisciplinarity. In other words, the College of Informatics is not an island. We work together with all the other colleges on campus to advance the full range of NKU’s mission. Informatics is networked into almost anything you can imagine, and we invite everyone to connect to us and explore.

College Advising Center

Location: Griffin Hall 404 A-F
Email Address:
Web Address:
Director: Rees Storm
Other Key Personnel:

Assistant Director: Rebecca Walker
Academic Advisors:

Benjamin Dunn
Emily Taylor
Casey Thompson
Kara Thompson
Lynn Warner

It is the mission of the COI advising office to advise, teach, assist, and empower you. Our advisors accomplish this by assisting you in selecting courses for your desired major, ultimately enabling you to successfully complete your degree. More importantly, our advisors are trained to listen to your concerns in an open and caring way.

There is a lot of information available on our website, but keep in mind that as careers change, so do their degree requirements. Therefore, while many of your questions may be answered after viewing the contents of our site, we strongly recommend that you always consult an advisor at least once a semester with your specific questions.


Business Informatics is accredited by AACSB-International, the Association  to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.


The Center for Applied Informatics

Location: Griffin Hall 330
Telephone: 859-572-7610
Fax: 859-572-6176
Email Address:
Web Address:
Director: Jill Henry

The Center for Applied Informatics (CAI) provides students with extensive access to internships, cooperatives, and experiential learning in a real-world environment. Via CAI, the university directly contributes to the development of the commonwealth and tri-state area by connecting the best informatics students, professional staff, and awarding-winning faculty, versed in the latest research and industry best practices, with businesses and organizations seeking expertise. This collaboration forms the building blocks of student academic success and business innovation both locally and worldwide. At any given time, our students, faculty, and staff are engaging a variety of applied research projects, composed of the communicative, technical, and creative elements that are informatics.

The Center for Information Security

Telephone: 859-572-5571
Web Address
Director: James Walden

The Center for Information Security (CIS) is a multidisciplinary center for information security research and education.  NKU has been designated as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency and the US Department of Homeland Security. The center ensures coordination of the various security-related certificate programs, supports the undergraduate Cyberdefense team and contributes to various outreach activities including NKU’s annual Security Symposium. 

The Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics

Telephone: 859-572-5381
Fax: 859-572-6179
Web Address:

Established in 1999 by Kentucky’s Council on Post-Secondary Education as the Program of Distinction at NKU, the Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics (CINSAM) is dedicated to enhancing teaching, learning, and application of science and mathematics at all educational levels throughout the region. It prepares outstanding future teachers by promoting integrative science courses and by providing opportunities for collaboration among education, science, and mathematics faculty and their students at all grade levels from pre-school to college graduate. CINSAM’s vision is to facilitate NKU becoming a nationally recognized leader in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and scholarship.

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