Dr. Cynthia RuppelProfessor of Information Technology
For Cynthia Ruppel, it all boils down to asking questions. “I am a proponent of teaching students to learn by themselves and to think and question,” said Ruppel. “With the Internet and so much information in today's world, it is important to be able to determine both relevant and accurate information.”
Prior to joining NSU, Ruppel taught undergraduate, graduate, and executive education courses at several universities in the eastern United States. She is a noted researcher, author, and presenter and finds satisfaction in seeing her research cited, knowing that “it is helping move our understanding of business and our world forward.” In addition to her research, she draws course material from her experience as a licensed life and health insurance agent in the state of Ohio, where she was involved in estate planning, business continuity planning, and company health insurance.
To gain practical experience, Ruppel's students complete service-learning projects, such as installing a new computer network in an elementary school. “This is a win-win situation,” said Ruppel. “Students get practical experience while the organization gets technical help they usually can't afford at market rates.”