Johnson County Community College – Computing Science & Information Technology Division – Update for February, 2021

Computer Information Systems – CIS

Associate Professor Perla Weaver participated as an NSF reviewer in November 2019. The NSF merit review process is designed to provide peer advice to program officers on the merits of the proposals and constructive comments for the proposers. Participation in the peer review process allows faculty to learn firsthand about the NSF merit review process, gain insight on strengths as well common problems of proposals, increase awareness of relevant field initiatives and collaborations, and network with NSF program officers and faculty from other institutions. As the NSF continues to increase its call for Community College participation, Professor Weaver values the opportunity to provide a Community College perspective to review panels and learn more about the NSF grant process.


Health Information Systems – HCIS

Soft skills are important to all industries and employers, providing a foundation for a comprehensive and cohesive workforce. More than ever in today’s society, we find soft skills playing a vital role in those industries with particular expectations and reliance on a balance of technical skills and interpersonal skills. The Health Information Management System’s Society (HIMSS) is the national health IT industry organization. Below is a HIMSS article written by JCCC’s very own HCIS Adjunct Faculty member Nan Abbot, describing her professional experience with soft skills in the Health IT field:


IT Networking

The Information Technology department has two new adjunct faculty members for the Spring 2021 semester that bring extensive industry experience to the classroom. In addition, we hope to hire two new full-time faculty members to begin in the Fall 2021 semester which are replacements for faculty that recently retired. We continue to see strong demand for our program.