Business and Information Technology


Michelle Carter

  • BS - Management Information Systems
  • MAED - Diverse Learner

Courses Taught:
  • CIS 105-Survey of Computer Information Systems (Main and Black Mountain Campus)
  • BPC110-Computer Usage and Applications
  • CIS117-Microsoft Access: Database Management
  • CIS118-Desktop Presentation: PowerPoint
  • CIS113-Microsoft Word: Word Processing
  • CIS114-Excel Spreadsheet
  • CIS120DB-Computer Graphics: Adobe Illustrator
  • CIS131AA-Doing Business on the Internet
  • IBS101-Introduction to International Business
  • GBS 151-Introduction to Business (Main and Black Mountain Campus)
  • CIS224 – Microsoft Project
  • CIS121AE – Windows 10
  • OAS107 - Professional Telephone Techniques

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • First Generation College Student Success

Teaching Philosophy:
  • Small changes can yield BIG results.

Professional Activities:
  • Adjunct faculty beginning in 1998
  • Full-time faculty 2012-Present
  • Evening Supervisor CIS105
  • Simulated Environment Administrator
  • Faculty Lead Office Applications and Office Automation Systems (OAS)
Rajalakshmi Lauffer

  • B.E., Computer Science and Engineering, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, TN, India
  • Ph.D., Computer Science, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA

Courses Taught:
  • CIS105 - Survey of Computer Information Systems (Online, Face to Face, Hybrid, Honors)
  • BPC110 - Computer Usage and Applications (Online)
  • CIS162AC - Visual C++: Level I (Online, Face to Face)
  • CIS262AC - Visual C++: Level II (Face to Face)
  • CSC100 - Introduction to Computer Science (Face to Face, Online)
  • CIS121AB - Microsoft Command Line Operations (Online)
  • CIS224 - Project Management: Microsoft Project for Windows (Online)
  • CIS150AB - Object-Oriented Programming Fundamentals (Online, Face to Face)
  • CIS250 - Management of Information Systems (Online)

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Overall, my passion is to make a difference in our students’ lives, to help them become better critical thinkers and decision makers, to educate them about various topics in computer science, and to help them profit from their new knowledge.

Teaching Philosophy:
  • As computers becomes ubiquitous, I have a strong desire to use my training and education to contribute to the progress of our global society, by empowering people around me to maximize the benefits of their interactions with technology. In this regard, I find the profession of higher education faculty to be highly rewarding and gratifying. I also have a natural curiosity to learn more about the world, especially regarding the human and social dimensions of technology. Being an active member in higher education provides opportunities to fulfill those cravings. Thus, I cherish this role greatly. I encourage my students to explore and understand their role as educated citizens, in sustaining human morals and ethics that promote a better life for everyone in our global society. As entrepreneurs, future business owners and employees, it is critical for them to examine the interplay of technology within all other human endeavors, especially when it comes to cutting edge technologies that push the boundaries of our achievement.

Professional Activities:
  • Recipient - John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award (Community College Teaching and Leadership), 2017
  • Fellow – Maricopa Institute for Learning Research Fellowship, 2018-19
  • Faculty Professional Growth - Travel and Summer Projects - Representative, PVCC (Fall 2016 - Present)
  • Evening Supervisor – Business / IT Division, PVCC (Fall 2017 – Present)
  • Maricopa Excellence in Teaching – Certificate, MCCCD (May 2016)
  • Maximizing Our Strengths as an Inclusive Community (MOSAIC) – Certificate, MCCCD (Spring 2016)
  • Critical Thinking Academy – Fellow, PVCC (Spring 2016 to Fall 2016)
  • Certified Developmental Educator – Certificate, Maricopa Summer Institute, MCCCD (June 2015 to June 2016)
  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention – Certificate, Weber State University (WSU) (2013)
  • Community Engaged Learning – Fellow, WSU (2013)
  • Higher Education Academy – Certificate, WSU (2012)
  • Preparing Future Faculty – Fellow, ASU (2005)


BS Accounting, Arizona State University
MS Taxation, Arizona State University

Courses Taught:

Accounting Principles I
Accounting Principles II
Managerial Accounting

Teaching/Research Interests:

My areas of interest include advancement of general accounting principles, analysis of organizational financial statements, organizational profit analysis, and business taxation.

Teaching Philosophy:

I approach teaching as an opportunity to make connections with students, increase engagement, and provide a learning-centered environment. I receive a great deal of satisfaction seeing students progress in their understanding of course concepts. I believe that effective teaching occurs when the instructor and student develop a partnership, where both parties take on some amount of responsibility for learning.

Professional Activities:

PVCC residential faculty since January 2020
Chandler Gilbert Community College adjunct faculty 2014-2019

Sean Petty

  • MS Information Assurance and Network Defense, Capella University
  • BS Psychology, University of Maryland University College
  • AAS Airframe Repair Technology, Community College of the Air Force

Courses Taught:
  • CIS105, Survey of Information Systems
  • CIS190, Introduction to Local Area Networks
  • CIS270, Network Security Essentials
  • BPC125, Computer set-up and repair

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • I enjoy researching the newest technologies in industry as well as the latest news in cyber-security related topics.

Teaching Philosophy:
  • I believe that learning is an on-going life long process that enhances our lives and produces better citizens. Learning is a group activity that requires both participation from the student and the teacher. Therefore, it is essential to teach in a manner that not only engages the student but, also encourages the student to take ownership of the learning process and internalize information to create positive change.

Professional Activities:
  • I have been a residential faculty member at PVCC since Fall of 2014. Since that time, I have been involved with the faculty senate, meet-and-confer, and the STEAM committee.

  • Doctor of Business Administration
    University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
    Dissertation: The Effects of Trust in Virtual Strategic Alliance Performance Outcomes
  • Master of Business Administration
    University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
    Master Project: Small Business Applied Management Project
  • Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies
    Arizona State University
    Graduated Cum Laude
  • Golden Key National Honors Society

Courses Taught:
  • Marketing (Honors)
  • Management (Honors)
  • International Business,
  • Small Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • General Business
  • Society and Business

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • My dissertation and published articles focus on virtual leadership and performance outcomes in virtual environments. I also have a strong background in marketing and social media, management, operations management, human resource management and international-business with a focus on small business and entrepreneur development.

Teaching Philosophy:
  • I have a passion for learning-centered teaching. My long history of practical and academic business experience uniquely qualifies me to share and lead real world scenarios and sdiscussions from a national and international business perspective. I consider teaching a privilege.

Professional Activities:
  • International Guest Lecture, U.S. Embassy, Fiji 2016
  • International Guest Lecture, U.S. Embassy, Kiribati 2016
  • International Guest Lecture, U.S. Embassy, Hungry 2013
  • Business/IT Division Chair 2015-Present, Paradise Valley Community College
  • Resident Faculty 2001 – Present, Paradise Valley Community College
  • Full-time Faculty / Adult Educator; College Chair, Undergraduate Business 1999 – 2001; University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
  • Online Faculty / Adult Educator 1998 – Present; University of Phoenix Online, Phoenix, AZ
  • Primary Officer – Owner 1993 – Present- DEO Entertainment Group, LLC, Phoenix, AZ
  • Tour Manager and Band Leader 1990 – Present Department of Defense; U.S. State Department Overseas Professional Shows
Abigail Rusu

  • BS, Arizona State University
  • MS, Grand Canyon University

Courses Taught:
  • Business and Personal Computers (BPC110)
  • Introduction to Healthcare IT and Systems (HTM150)

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • Healthcare Technology Systems, Program Director

Teaching Philosophy:
  • Prof. Rusu is an active member of HIMSS, at the chapter and national level. She is an advocate for Women in IT, and anybody else that wishes to pursue a career in the Information Technology industry.

Stacy Smith

  • JD, Seattle University School of Law
  • MA, Northern Arizona University
  • BA, Arizona State University
  • AA, Rio Salado College

Courses Taught:
  • Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues in Business (GBS 205)
  • Hiring and Managing Employees (SBS 213)

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • My areas of interest include intellectual property management, security and privacy issues, business creation for non-profit and for-profit ventures, and corporate social responsibility. I enjoy training start-up ventures as well as existing businesses in a number of entrepreneurial and growth areas, including business fundamentals, business models, business planning, business structures, business creation, feasibility studies, legal issues, intellectual property, crowdfunding, and raising capital.

Teaching Philosophy:
  • I believe that each student is a unique individual who can thrive in a safe, supportive, learning-centered environment where they can take risks, share ideas, and realize their full potential through inquisitiveness, innovation, and ah-ha moments.

Professional Activities:
  • PVCC (residential faculty since 2017)
  • Bellevue College (adjunct faculty since 2011)
  • Seattle University School of Law Alumni Representative
  • Publication: Smith, Stacy A., If Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a Twitter Account: A Look at Collective Action, Social Media, and Social Change, Seattle Journal for Social Justice, Vol. 11, Iss. 1 (2013)
Dr. Jon Storslee

  • B.S. Aerospace Engineering
  • MBA in Business
  • PhD in Educational Media and Computers

Courses Taught:
  • Web Design I CIS133DA, Web Design II CIS233DA, E-commerce CIS235, XML CIS234, Illustrator CIS120DB, Animate CIS120DC, Photoshop CIS120DF

Teaching/Research Interests:
  • E-commerce, Web Design, Impact of the Internet on Society, Computers in Education, and Cognition

Teaching Philosophy:
  • I use guided instruction or apprentice model of instruction which focuses on projects mixed with theory and the creation of a portfolio that students can give prospective employers.

Professional Activities:
  • Faculty Association (Former Faculty Senate President), Web Design Judge, Business Consultant, Internships for Web Design Students
Dr. Peter Thiel


DA in Economics

Courses Taught:

Macroeconomic Principles ECN211
Microeconomic Principles ECN212
Quantitative Methods in Business GBS220
Business Statistics GBS221

Teaching/Research Interests:

Economic development and sustainability

Teaching Philosophy:

I see my job as an opportunity to help students move beyond political rederick (which is so extremely polarized and unhelpful) and focus on how the mechanics of the economy really work.

Professional Activities:

PVCC residential faculty since 1995