Faculty Spotlight: Andrew Rozema

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Andrew RozemDSCN1720-01a is a full-time professor in the Computer Information Systems Department at Grand Rapids Community College. From taking classes at GRCC as a junior in high school, becoming an adjunct instructor, and beginning his full-time role in 2014, Rozema has been a part of the GRCC community for more than half of his life. In his full-time position, Rozema teaches a variety of Computer Information Systems classes including Microcomputer Operating Systems, Routing and Switching Essentials, Ethical Hacking I and II, Principles of Information Security, and Computer Forensics. These courses build the foundational understanding of operating systems and networks.

Professor Rozema credits much of his success in the classroom with the professional development that he has received at GRCC through the Center for Teaching Excellence. By merging the skills that he had acquired through a career in broadcasting and information technology with personal experiences and effective professional development, he is able to create best practices in the classroom. Some of these best practices include using video creation to ensure that lectures get captured in the classroom and brought online for students to review, using online discussion forums during in-seat classes to ensure that all students are involved in class discussions, and using virtualization technologies to allow students to interact with technology that people are using in the real world.

In addition to his work in the classroom, Professor Rozema stays busy with other work within the CIS Department and the college. Departmentally, he has worked with colleagues to redesign the entire CIS curriculum, focusing specifically on aligning the information security curriculum with the Committee on National Security Systems standards. College-wide, he is actively involved in the Academic Governing Council and the Curriculum Approval Committee. For the past two years Professor Rozema has been involved in organizing and presenting at Faculty Learning Day, as well as continuing professional development at retreats and seminars like Great Teachers and Trends.

Professor Rozema continues to embrace the freedom to pursue his interests in IT and information security and advance the mission and vision of his department and college. He says, ā€œIā€™m all about the Open Door. As somebody who walked in it and then through it, and then on to greater things, I love that this institution gives anyone willing to work for it amazing opportunities.ā€ Thank you for continuing to provide these opportunities for our students.

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