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Faculty Institute

Keynote Presenter and Session

Keynote Presenter

Dr. Constance (Connie) A. Knapp is a Professor of Information Systems. She has served as a faculty member at the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems since 1985. Prior to that, she ran her own business consulting practice specializing in systems analysis and design, software and hardware selection and systems for small companies and non-profits. This continued in tandem with her teaching until 1991. Prior to joining the faculty at Pace, she was a manger of financial information systems for the controller of The New York Times. She also worked as management scientist at The Equitable Life Assurance Society, a corporate trainer and technical representative for a time-sharing company, and an actuarial trainee at The Home Insurance Company.

Connie began teaching at the university on a lecturer line prior to earning her doctorate. Shortly after joining the faculty she began the coursework for her PhD in business, working as a full-time professor and a full-time student – something she doesn’t recommend to anyone! She completed her doctoral work in seven years in 1995 and earned tenure in 1997.

Connie has been fortunate to have served in many roles during her time at the university. In no particular order she served as: the Interim Dean of the Seidenberg School from 2008 until 20012, a co-director of the Pforzhemier Faculty Development Center from 2001 until 2008, Assistant Department Chair of the Information Systems Department in New York, and Chair of the Seidenberg Faculty Council. She has been a member of many university-wide committees, including the President’s Strategic Planning Committee, the Review Committee for the Dean of Dyson College, and the Search Committee for the Dean of the Lubin School.

Connie earned her BS in mathematics with a minor in secondary education from SUNY New Paltz, an MBA from Fordham University, and an MPhil and PhD in business from the CUNY Graduate Center.


Keynote Session

All I really needed to know I learned the first day of each semester—except what I needed to know kept changing

The first day of class is important for both the faculty member and the students. What can you do on that first day to help the rest of the class go smoothly, and how can you make the most of your one chance to “make a first impression?” And why is it important?

I’ll talk about the journey, from the first day when I walked into a classroom with a piece of chalk to the last time I walked into the classroom empty handed, and the mistakes I’ve made along the way.

I made the transition from lecturer, to assistant, associate and then full professor. I was a full time doctoral student and a full-time professor for seven years. I served as an assistant chair in my department at the New York city campus, as a co-director of the Pforzhemier Center for Faculty Development for six years and as the Interim Dean of the Seidenberg School for four years. Learning about my strengths, and building on them, has made all the difference.

I’ll share some of the ways I’ve learned to frame my goals for the class and to identify and address my students’ goals. And how learning to frame my goals for each class helped me frame my goals throughout my career. Hint: Humor and perspective go a long way.