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Christy Chatmon

Ph.D. Student in the School of Information (FSU) and Instructor

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I am Christy L. Chatmon, a Ph.D. student in Information Science at Florida State University (FSU) and an Instructor in the College of Communication and Information at FSU.  Prior to obtaining an instructor position at FSU, I taught and lead many information technology initiatives in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Florida A&M University for over fourteen years.

My role as an instructor has evolved and matured over the years, as a deliverer of content, imparting facts, to now more of a facilitator.   I believe in engaging students as partners in developing their learning experiences.  In order for Information Technology students to be successful, either in industry or in the pursuit of an advanced degree, it is my belief that students must be critical thinkers, life-long learners, and have the ability to work both independently and collaboratively.  Learning must go beyond the ability to regurgitate facts on a test.

Students must be able to understand how they can apply what they are learning in meaningful ways.  Hence, learning needs to be relevant.  As a student, I found the subjects/classes that had the greatest impact were those courses that provided real-world examples.  I strive to make my lessons relevant to my students by infusing real-world examples culled from my personal experiences in industry and academia.

I try to cultivate a safe environment to build collaboration skills.  I believe it is important for students, especially the female students, to take responsibility for their own learning, but I encourage them to seek assistance from their peers.  In this manner, students are both learners and teachers.

One of my hopes as an educator is to encourage a love of learning, as I share my passion and enthusiasm for learning with them.   I feel there is a need for compassionate, strong, and dedicated individuals who are excited about working with young adults.  I am such a person.


Ph.D., Information Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, Present Master of Science, Software Engineering, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL, 2000 Bachelor of Science, Psychology, University of Georgia,  Athens, GA, 1994

Research Interests

Information Assurance; Information Technology; Information Assurance Education; Active Learning Pedagogy;

Teaching Interests

Information Technology; Database Management Systems; Professional Development; Computer Security; Programming (Java, C++, and Web Development);

Publications & Research

  • Chatmon, C., Hongmei, C., and Davis W. “Active Learning Approaches to Teaching Information Assurance”, InfoSecCD ’10, 2010.
  • Hongmei, C., Chatmon, C, Jones, E., and Evans D. “Design and Implementation of Digital Forensics Labs:  A Case Study for Teaching Digital Forensics to Undergraduate Students”, Computers and Advanced Technology in Education, 2009.
  • Chatmon, C., Tri van Le, and Mike B. “Secure Anonymous RFID Authentication Protocols” (Technical Report 2006).
  • Gant, J. and Chatmon, C. “Security and Privacy Concerns for Ubiquitous Applications such as RFIDs”, Association of Computer and Information Science/Engineering Departments at Minority Institutions (ADMI), 2006.
  • Chatmon, E. Jones and D. Evans, “Information Assurance Collaboration: A Success Story,” Proceedings of ADMI 2005, Rincon, Puerto Rico, October 13-15, 2005, 16-25.
  • Evans, D.W. and Chatmon, C.L., "Increasing minority participation in IA," Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training (ITHET2005), July 7-9, 2005, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
  • Jones, E. and Chatmon, C.: “A Perspective on Teaching Software Testing," Journal of Computing in Small Colleges, Vol. 16, 4, March 2001, 92-100.
  • Chatmon, C., Stoecklin, S., and Clement A.: “UML Based Design of an Intelligent Manufacturing Workcell Controller,” Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 4192, 2000.

Grants & Awards

  • Burmester, Tri van Le, B. Medeiros, and C. Chatmon. 2014.  Systems, Methods, and Computer Program Products for Secure Optimistic Mechanisms for Constrained Devices.  U.S. Patent 20140019759 A1, filed August 20, 2007, and issued January 16, 2014.
  • Recipient of the NSF-Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology (TRUST) fellow, Women’s Institute in Summer Enrichment (WISE) Summer Program, July 2011, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Best Paper Award – “Active Learning Approaches to Teaching Information Assurance” Information Security Curriculum Development Conference (INFOSECCD), October 2010, Kennesaw, GA.
  • CIS ABET Accreditation recognition for outstanding contribution towards department branding and public relations, 2007.
  • University recognition for Publishing “A Perspective on Teaching Software Testing”, 2001.
  • NSF CREST Fellow, Florida A&M University/Florida International University Center for Distributed Computing (FCDC), 1998 -2000.
  • CPATH I: CT-Driven Evolution to Studio-Based Active Learning, National Science Foundation, 2009-2012, $300,000.
  • MSEIP: Broadening Information Assurance Awareness and Competence (BIAAC), Department of Education, 2008-2012, $600,000.
  • Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP): The FAMU Multimedia Learning Resource Management System (FAMULEARNS) for STEM Instructional Enhancement, the Department of Education, 2007-2010, $468,000.
  • MII: Holistic Model for Minority Education and Research, National Science Foundation, 2004-09, $1,000,000.
  • Collaborative Proposal: Information Assurance Pipeline:  Undergraduate to Doctorate, National Science Foundation, 2005-07, $200,000.
  • Federal Cyber Service Training and Education Initiative – Capacity Building Track, National Science Foundation, 2003-05, $200,000.