Ph.D. / Doctor of Philosophy - Information Studies, Long Island University / C.W. Post Campus (2008)
Master of Science Degree - Information Systems, Pace University, New York City, New York (1996)
Bachelor of Science Degree - Computer Science, State University of New York at Brockport (1983)
Decision Support And Decision Support Systems In Hit
Human Interaction, Integrity And Interoperability
Informatics In Health Care
Quality Management And Regulation In Health Care
Learning is the main purpose of education. It is the goal of every student and the task of every teacher to increase knowledge and understanding in the classroom to the best of their abilities. Independent thought is essential to the development of each student. Being able to form unique independent ideas will serve them both in and outside of the classroom. The teacher should also be prepared to lead students in the direction they should go to search for correct conclusions and answers, without always providing the answers themselves. Finally, by using information, students should be able to apply what they have learned to new life or learning situations.
Teachers should also set specific and achievable goals for students. Mastery of information, or subject matter, has always been the goal for teachers. In addition, long term goals for individual students should be set. As a part of this, the intellectual development of each student should continue over time, allowing students to use what they are learning later in life. It is also the hope of all teachers (sometimes unrealistic) that students will develop an interest in the subject area being taught. Although this does not occur in all cases, students should at the very least develop an appreciation for the subject and the material being taught in the classroom.
As a doctoral graduate of Long Island University, a top-tier program in Information Science, I received a Ph.D. Information Studies that was not only methodologically rigorous, but which also sparked my interest and excitement about scholarly research. My research in management information systems is guided by my belief that it is my responsibility and duty to pursue, capture, discover, create, and transmit knowledge about the way that information technology is developed, managed, and used. The purpose and result of this is to enable me to translate what I have learned into information that can be disseminated via professional publications and correspondence, to my students in and outside of the classroom, and to the university and broader community.
I believe that service is key to self-fulfillment and happiness in life. In fact, I believe there is a direct, causal correlation between life satisfaction and service. This is because, as we serve, not only do we find personal satisfaction, we are also able to put our own problems into perspective. I also believe that all members of society who are fortunate enough to have received a university education have a fundamental and even fiduciary responsibility to use their knowledge to benefit society.
Health Care Informatics
o Summer 2012; North Shore / LIJ Ambulatory Care
o Spring 2013; Adelphi Faculty Development Grant: EMT First Responders: An Information Technology Assessment.
Thomas James Virgona (2011). September 11, 2001: A Study of the Human Aspects of Disaster Recovery Efforts for Wall Street Financial Services Firms. Saarbrucken, Germany, Germany: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG.
Thomas James Virgona (2013), Graduate nursing student self-assessment: Fundamental technology skills. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, Vol. 3, No.3.
Thomas James Virgona (2012), Exploring Health Information Technology Education; An Analysis Of The Research. Technology and Health Care, 20 (4), 236-246.
Thomas James Virgona (2011), September 11, 2001 In Retrospect: A decade on, what business continuity and information security lessons have we learners? The Business Continuity Journal, 4 (3).
Thomas James Virgona (2012). Towards an assessment of metadata acuity in academic research: A case study of search engines. In Northeast Business and Economics Association; 39th Annual Meeting / October 25-27, 2012 (pp. 6). Hosted by Worchester State University, Port Jefferson, NY.
Thomas James Virgona (2011). Continued Business Operation During a Disaster and the Removal of Information Security. In Annual Northeast Business & Economics Association (pp. 585-592). Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: St. Joseph's University.
Thomas James Virgona (2011). A Historical Study of Disaster Recovery. In Conference Proceedings. Northeast Business & Economics Association. 37th Annual Meeting. Hosted by the School of Business, Montclair State University.
Robert Peart (2013). An Analysis of Research in Distance Learning. LIU - Post.
Other Scholarly/Artistic Work
- Fundamental Organizational and Social Changes Initiated by the Diffusion of Telecommuting Into the Workplace. School of Computer Science and Information Systems Pace University Technical Reports. Number 111. April 1997.
Honors and Accomplishments
Firefighter Hurricane Sandy Service Award; East Rockaway Fire Department
Distinguished Faculty Nomination; Westwood College August 2008
Long Island University / C.W. Post Research Competition; Honorable Mention - Spring 2001
Citigroup / Vice President for Global Technology / 1990 to 2009 / 111 Wall Street, New York, New York
- Responsibilities; Project Management, Information Security, Export Licensing, Programming
- Collected Global Fixed Income Technology information related to the collapse of the 7 World Trade Center facility on 9/11. This data was subsequently reported to legal and governmental agencies.
Adelphi University / 1984 to 1986
- Administrative Programmer.
Member; American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)
Member; Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Member; Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society
Member; American Medical Informatics Association
Textbook Reviewer; Bridgepoint Education
Community and Corporate Leadership
Firefighter / East Rockaway Fire Department; Badge #516
- Advanced First Aid CPR/AED; Passed August 18th, 2012
- 3 Month Probationary Test Passed; September 2012
- Ladder Cross Train with 403: Passed September 25th, 2012
- Forceable Entry Cross Train with 403: - Passed October 16th, 2012
- 6 Month SCBA Test Passed; December 2012
- IS-00005.a FEMA - An Introduction to Hazardous Materials; Passed May 15th, 2013
- Essentials of Firefighting and Primary Operations; Scheduled June 2013
New York City Board of Education; Mentoring Program
Licenses & Certifications
Advanced CPR - August 2012
New York State Boating Safety Certification January 2009
Pace University Teaching Effectively Online Certification September 2007
Approach to Teaching and Online Learning Certification October 2006
Westwood Certified Instructor June 2006
PADI Open Water Diver June 1994
New York State Real State Salesman December 1982