DJ Dates

Associate Professor

Contact:

Phone: 607.962.9342
Email: dates@corning-cc.edu
Office: Steuben 321

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Education and Professional Certifications

Regis University, Database Technologies, M.S.
Excelsior University, Computer Information Systems, B.S.
Corning Community College, General Studies, A.S.

Oracle Certified Professional Database Administrator (OCP) and previously held professional certifications from the Project Management Institute (CAPM), the Institute for the Certification of Computing Professionals (CCP), and the Data Warehouse Institute (CBIP).

Teaching

I am a big believer in Corning Community College and have been a student and a staff member prior to becoming faculty. I believe this college offers a tremendous opportunity to learn and grow because I have experienced that for myself.

My teaching philosophy is constructivist. This means that I believe that the student is an active participant in their learning process rather than a passive recipient of knowledge. As part of this learning process, students are exposed to new concepts in different ways and given opportunities to apply that knowledge. I love that I can experiment and continue to improve my classes each time they are offered. I am highly accessible to my students outside of class through Discord and use Discord in my online classes. I want my students to succeed, both here in their studies and beyond when they enter the workforce.

My favorite class is CRST1010 Computer Hardware. I took this class when I was a student here more than twenty years ago. In this class, we get to solve real troubleshooting problems on real hardware, but we also have the opportunity explore how computers work … and sometimes not work. This is the course where I first meet many of my students. In later classes in the Information Technology program, I have the opportunity to watch them gain confidence in their field and go on to find internship positions and then careers.

Courses 

CRST1010 Computer Hardware Technologies, CRST1030 Operating System Technologies, CRST2040 System Configuration and Maintenance, CRST2050 Information Technology Practicum, CSIT2400 Database Systems, CSNS2620 Fundamentals of Information Assurance, GAME1010 Fundamentals of Game Design

Publications and/or Conference Presentations and/or Professional Projects

  • D.J. Dates (2021). Using a custom discord chat bot for asynchronous team based learning. Team Based Learning Collaborative Annual Meeting.
  • D.J. Dates (2016). Using games and game components to teach number systems and computer concepts, CUNY Games Festival, New York City, NY.
  • A. McNett, D.J. Dates, and S. Mishra (2015). Security and Education: Collaborative Modular Approach to Embedding Security Concepts, Innovations 2015, League for Innovation in the community college, Boston, MA.

Awards

SUNY CCC Ann Marie Rossi ‘76 Alumni Employee Award recipient, for ongoing commitment to the institution, 2019