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RMU professor named Computer Educator of the Year

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Pittsburgh, Sept. 16, 2015 – Robert Skovira, Ph.D., university professor of computer and information systems at Robert Morris University, has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the IACIS Computer Educator of the Year award.

The Computer Educator of the Year award is given to one individual who has shown outstanding achievements in research and education in the field of information systems, has contributed to the development of information systems curriculum, and has displayed a positive national or international reputation for their work in the information systems community. It is given by the International Association for Computer Information Systems, a professional organization for computer educators.

Skovira, who has been with RMU since 1984, teaches mostly in the doctoral and master’s programs. He is writing a book on the ethnography of technology, the subject of one of his doctorate-level classes. He tries to make class more interesting by playing strange music to get students engaged and keep them on their toes. Skovira says the secret to keeping students from becoming bored in class is to not be bored himself.

“Getting the award is a great honor, but it means there is a standard I must live up to,” said Skovira. “From now on, I have to always portray that image of Educator of the Year.”


Through 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate degree programs across five academic schools, Robert Morris University (RMU) in Pittsburgh, Pa., works to change its students' lives so that they can go out and change the lives of others for the better. More than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate, nontraditional and online students from 45 states and 41 nations are enrolled at RMU, which sits on 230 scenic acres just 20 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. Emphasizing experiential learning, Robert Morris focuses on professional development, service learning, global awareness, undergraduate research, campus leadership, and cultural experiences, all of which are documented on our innovative Student Engagement Transcript. More than 100 clubs and organizations help students to develop leadership skills, network professionally, and meet friends. RMU also has 16 NCAA Division I athletic programs, including football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s ice hockey, and men's and women's lacrosse.