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- 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)

Recent Courses

Capstone: Healthcare Informatics
Computer Applications
Informatics In Health Care
Information Systems Analysis And Design Methods
Practicum In Healthcare Informatics
Project Management And Information Technology

Personal Statement

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.

Teaching Specializations/Interests

• Computer Applications
• Disaster Recovery
• Information Security
• Project Management
• Computer Programming
• Information Ethics
• eBusiness
• Informatics

Research Interests

• Disaster Recovery
• Information Security
• Health Care Informatics

Grants/Sponsored Research

o Summer 2012; North Shore / LIJ Ambulatory Care
o Spring 2013; Adelphi Faculty Development Grant: EMT First Responders: An Information Technology Assessment.
o Summer 2014 – Columbia University, New York – Geographic Information Systems. CHI Scholarship


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.

Artistic/Creative Work

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"Towards an Informatics Competent Nursing Profession: Validation of the Self-Assessment of Nursing Informatics Competency Scale (SANICS) Before and After Online Informatics Training". Virgona Citation. http://media.proquest.com/media/pq/classic/doc/3814480881/fmt/ai/rep/NPDF?_s=kNCPG8smph7wacNrQfzOVxwg7VE%3D. October 2015.

"Critical Dimensions of Disaster Recovery Planning". Citation for Dr. Virgona Research; Disaster Recovery Planning (DRP) emerged in the 1970s, during the era of electronic data processing when mainframe systems were used to crunch data and provide reports for business analysis. http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/ijbm/article/viewFile/39550/23227. November 2014.

"The ACM Digital Library // http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2596939". July 2012.

"Nurse Informaticists Making a Difference in Health Care IT // http://www.nursezone.com/nursing-news-events/more-news/Nurse-Informaticists-Making-a-Difference-in-Health-Care-IT_38978.aspx". January 2012.

"Lessons Learned and Unlearned; The Tenth Anniversary of September 11th, 2001 /// Columbia University". http://www.firstamendmentstudies.org/wp/pdf/1st_pl_moller.pdf. September 2011.

"New Report Stresses More Human Intervention in Information Systems Designs Needed // http://www.continuitycompliance.org/new-report-stresses-more-human-intervention-in-information-systems-designs-needed/#ixzz39Gc8kqQY". September 2011.

"Australian Government: Attorney-General's Department - Emergency Management in Australia". http://www.em.gov.au/library/Onlineresources/Newjournalarticles/Pages/JournalarticlesOctoberNovember2010.aspx. November 2010.

"Metadata Quality and the Use of Hierarchical Schemes to Determine Meta Keywords: An Exploration // http://www.unc.edu/~fidelman/INLS382/INLS382MApaperFF.doc". April 2006.

Refereed Articles

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Thomas James Virgona (2015), Towards an epistemological understanding of healthcare informatics: Academic backgrounds of the faculty. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 5 (6), 9-14.

Thomas James Virgona (2014), Towards an Empirical Definition of Graduate School Healthcare Informatics. Canadian Journal of Nursing Informatics, Volume 9 No 1 & 2.

Thomas James Virgona (2013), First Responders to Superstorm Sandy; An Information Technology Assessment. Journal of Nursing and Health Science, 2 1, 51-56.

Thomas James Virgona (2013), How Cognitive Science Has Influenced the Applied Science Of HCI “The evolution that envies the revolution”. Journal of Computer Engineering, 13 3, 23-29.

Thomas James Virgona (2013), Towards an Epistemological Definition of the Research Front of Information and Society. Journal of Business and Economics, 4(3), 202-221.

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).

Conference Presentations/Papers

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Thomas J. Virgona (2015). Towards a Definition of the Sports Information Research Front. In Northeast Business & Economics Association 2015 Conference Proceedings (pp. 265-268). York College, The City University of New York, Jamaica, NY.

Thomas Virgona (2014). Sport Information Retrieval; A study of Web Evaluation Criteria. In Northeast Business & Economics Association (pp. 444-448). Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ.

Thomas Virgona (2014). Emergency Management Planning and Leadership; Lessons Learned from Katrina. In Northeast Business & Economics Association (pp. 440-443). Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ.

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.

Dissertation Chaired

Robert Peart (2013). An Analysis of Research in Distance Learning. LIU - Post.

Other Scholarly/Artistic Work

Graduate Thesis;
- “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; Conferred by Nassau County and the East Rockaway Fire Department - October/November 2012
• Distinguished Faculty Nomination; Westwood College – August 2008
• Long Island University / C.W. Post Research Competition; Honorable Mention - Spring 2001

Professional Activities

• 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
* Class "A" Interior Firefighter *
- ERFD Top Ten; 2013 2014 2015
- 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; 24A S24CMB613A Nassau County Fire Service Academy - June 2013
- Bailout training (Ten jumps and class); Completed October 13th, 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