Turnage Joins School of Business

Professor Nichole Turnage has joined OBU as assistant professor of computer information science in the Paul Dickinson School of Business. She began teaching with the 2010-11 academic year, which started Aug. 26.

Turnage earned a bachelor's degree in computer information science from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo. She earned a master's degree and completed work toward a doctorate in instructional systems technology from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.

"We're excited to have Nichole join our faculty at OBU," said Dr. David Houghton, dean of the School of Business. "Her expertise and energy will make a strong impact on our computer science curriculum and our students."

Turnage served as an adjunct faculty member for OBU in fall 2009, teaching data structures, a course on the design, implementation and efficiency of advanced data structures used in software design; and systems analysis, a course covering the activities and concepts involved in the software development life cycle, including analysis, design, implementation and maintenance. The courses were taught online using video conferencing software.

She recently served as a graduate assistant at Indiana University, where she assisted with the new design of the Critical Web Reader Application, a tool used to promote critical web-reading practices in reading web-based texts. She served as a distance education graduate assistant at Indiana University from 2006-09, providing technical support to distance faculty and students.

Turnage served as an assistant instructor in instructional systems technology at Indiana University, and she was a teacher's assistant in the College of Business and Computer Science at Southwest Baptist University.

She is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, Association for Information Technology Professionals, Association for Educational Communications Technology, Graduates in Instructional Systems Technology, and American Educational Research Association.