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Web Development

In this major, students learn to develop Web sites utilizing traditional means as well as cutting edge tools and techniques. Students solve real world problems through the application of those techniques and create real world opportunities in the many diverse fields touched by the Web. From using the principles of Responsive Web Design (RWD) to create sites and applications for mobile devices and wide screen displays to maximizing site traffic through search engine optimzation and social media techniques, the Web Development program provides students with expertise in industry standards.

The Web Development program is intensely hands-on and team oriented and is designed to ensure that students graduate with a portfolio of real world projects. Students begin working on projects for real world clients in their sophomore year. Multidisciplinary teams comprised of students with backgrounds in marketing, business, technology, graphic design and communications compete to pitch clients on their ideas. Incorporating the three R's of project based learning (relationships, relevance and rigor), RWU's approach provides an exciting learning environment along with the knowledge, expertise and people skills that are necessary for success after graduation. Some recent student projects include a complete web redesign for a local nonprofit, an encrypted online bill payment option for a water company and an online scheduling component for a literacy volunteer group.

Best of all, the Web Development program at RWU is versatile. Students can customize this program to fit into individual areas of interest and career goals. Built around a set of core competencies, students are free to integrate a focus in graphic design, marketing, public relations, journalism, communication, security, business management, computer science or just about any other subject that is of interest. Of course, some students choose to delve deeper into Web programming and technology. Students are encouraged to take this major anywhere they want it to go. Interested in a double major? Looking to minor in several areas? Faculty members are available to help students turn this program into their dream job.

Ferd Schroth, Ph.D.
Professor of Web Development
B.A. University of Massachusetts, M.S. University of Rhode Island, Ph.D. Salve Regina University
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Contact Information
401-254-3206
SB213
Areas of Expertise: 
Research: Computer Software, Ethics, Computer Aided Instruction. Teaching: Computer Information Systems.

Ferd Schroth

Ferd
Schroth
Ph.D.
Professor of Web Development
B.A. University of Massachusetts, M.S. University of Rhode Island, Ph.D. Salve Regina University
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Contact Information
401-254-3206
SB213
Areas of Expertise: 
Research: Computer Software, Ethics, Computer Aided Instruction. Teaching: Computer Information Systems.
W. Brett McKenzie, Ed.D.
Professor of Web Development
B.S. U.S. Naval Academy, Ed.M. Harvard Graduate School of Education, Ed.D. Clark University
Contact Information
401-254-3534
SB210
Areas of Expertise: 
Research: Curriculum development for computing courses, animation and gaming, Alice development and evaluation, communicative aspects of computing, portable and field computing, social dimensions of computing, industrial and computing history.

W. Brett McKenzie

W. Brett
McKenzie
Ed.D.
Professor of Web Development
B.S. U.S. Naval Academy, Ed.M. Harvard Graduate School of Education, Ed.D. Clark University
Contact Information
401-254-3534
SB210
Areas of Expertise: 
Research: Curriculum development for computing courses, animation and gaming, Alice development and evaluation, communicative aspects of computing, portable and field computing, social dimensions of computing, industrial and computing history.

W. Brett McKenzie has taught at Roger Williams University and the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business since the 2000 academic year. Prior to his appointment in Computer Information Systems, Dr. McKenzie worked at Clark University, Brown University, Bryant University and the Naval War College. His focus at these institution was in the integration of technology in teaching, especially during the early developments of hypertext and campus wide networking. Before working a academia, Dr. McKenzie served in the U.S. Navy, first as an enlisted nuclear technician then as a commissioned officer.

Dr. McKenzie's primary interests in teaching lie in the transition points in education, such as the first year of college, when selecting a major, or beginning to understand an academic discipline. Additionally, he has a personal commitment to ethics, especially ethical development and issues of corporate social responsibility. These interests resulted from his studies with Howard Gardner and Carol Gilligan in his master's program at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Alan C. Cutting, M.S.
Professor of Web Development
B.A., M.S. University of Rhode Island
Contact Information
401-254-3056
SB319
Areas of Expertise: 
Teaching: Web Development (HTML, CSS, XML, JavaScript, PHP, Flash, Silverlight, .Net, SQL) Marketing on the Web, AITP Web Competition Research: Learning Theory

Alan C. Cutting

Alan C.
Cutting
M.S.
Professor of Web Development
B.A., M.S. University of Rhode Island
Contact Information
401-254-3056
SB319
Areas of Expertise: 
Teaching: Web Development (HTML, CSS, XML, JavaScript, PHP, Flash, Silverlight, .Net, SQL) Marketing on the Web, AITP Web Competition Research: Learning Theory

“The most exciting things happen at the interface between disciplines.” 

Mark Brickley, M.S.
Professor of Web Development
B.A. University of Massachusetts, M.S. University of Rhode Island
Contact Information
401-254-3025
SB322
Areas of Expertise: 
Geographic Information Systems

Mark Brickley

Mark
Brickley
M.S.
Professor of Web Development
B.A. University of Massachusetts, M.S. University of Rhode Island
Contact Information
401-254-3025
SB322
Areas of Expertise: 
Geographic Information Systems

Mark Brickley is a Professor of Computer Information Systems / Web Development.  His interests include Geographic Information Systems, web programming languages and data analytics.

His GIS students have participated in the University-sponsored Community Partnership Center, building interactive online maps for the City of Pawtucket; most recently deploying a “Collector” app that provides DPW workers the ability to use our online map as a data collection tool in the field.  Mark has presented his work at the International GIS conference in San Diego as well as several conferences of the Northeast Decision Sciences Institute.  In the summer of 2015, Mark presented a 2-hour GIS workshop at the Asia Pacific Decision Sciences Conference in Hong Kong.