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Arthur P. Thomas

Arthur P. Thomas

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs | Professor of Practice

110A Hinds Hall | Phone: (315) 443-3840

apthomas@syr.edu

Overview

Art Thomas first began his association with the iSchool in the Spring semester of 2001, and became a member of the full-time faculty in 2009.  He specializes in Project Management, IT Management and Financial Systems courses.  Among others, the most important courses he has developed and taught have included:

  • Managing Information Systems Projects (IST345/645)
  • Complex Issues in IT Project Management (IST447/747)
  • Global Financial Systems Architecture (GET302/602)
  • IM Capstone course (IST755) – Maymester version

Art is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the iSchool, overseeing curriculum design, development and assessment; class scheduling; program management;  academic integrity and all aspects of instruction.  He is the Faculty Director of the iConsult Collaborative at Syracuse University, engaging students from various colleges in corporate/community projects to gain experience with digital transformation.  He was also a co-developer of the Applied Data Science master’s program with the Whitman School of Management. Previously from 2012-2015, Art was the Director of the Master’s Degree programs in Information Management (IM) and Telecommunications/Network Management (now Enterprise Data Systems). 

Art is the developer and Professor of Record for this course and he is the overall Faculty Lead for the Project Management Curriculum at the iSchool.  Art has assisted in the editing of the course textbook by Kathy Schwalbe.  In addition, he has participated for several years in the Project Management Institute Global Task Force on Project Management Curricula. He has written numerous portions of the Guidelines for Undergraduate Project Management Curricula and Resources, published in 2015 and 2017 by the Project Management Institute, which can be downloaded by faculty at https://pmiteach.org.

Art is the Director of the iConsult Collaborative at Syracuse University, an experiential learning program where university students are engaged with client organizations in a diverse portfolio of information-related projects.  This program is a primary touchpoint for many types of organizations who want to provide SU students actual experience with analysis, recommendation, design, or solution delivery in order to gain meaningful experience in future career areas.

From 2008-2010, Art served on the J.P. Morgan Chase Partnership Curriculum Project Team, where he contributed to the development and enhancement of several courses with emphasis on large-scale, multi-tiered information systems.  Between 2010-2013, Art was the Director of the Upstate Health Research Network (UHRN), a consortium of universities coordinated through Syracuse University to analyze health care claims charges nationwide for setting reference benchmarks for out-of-network health care claims reimbursements.  For more than 35 years, his career has included IT positions in Manufacturing, Banking, and Insurance ranging from Programmer to CIO, and he has held positions in Corporate Training ranging from Training Specialist to Chief Learning Officer. As CEO of Counterpoint Holdings, LLC, his consulting work has taken him from North America to Europe and the Middle East, where he led two projects for the Ministry of Education in the Sultanate of Oman.  From 1992-2008 he also managed technology projects in K-12 public schools in the central New York area worth more than $50 million US. 

With emphases in both Social Science and Computer Science, Art earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York College at Brockport. His Master of Education (Ed.M.) degree in Curriculum Development and Instructional Media is from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he also completed his Ph.D. in Research and Evaluation - Instructional Systems Design and Management. He has developed and taught numerous seminars, workshops and presentations, including semester courses at the American Institute of Banking, Niagara University and SUNY Buffalo.  He is certified by 3M Corporation in fiber-optic network systems design and installation, and he has developed and taught beginner-level 3M-endorsed certification classes in fiber-optic data network technology.  

Art is a member of, a volunteer for, and a consultant to the Project Management Institute (PMI). He is also Co-founder and Chairman of the National Board of Directors of Gliding Stars, a charity operating across five states that provides recreational opportunities through lessons in adaptive ice skating for people of all ages with disabilities.

Art and his wife Helen maintain a residence in Camillus as well as one on Helen’s family farm in Wyoming County, where they produce maple syrup products.

Teaching


Teaching History - 2019-2020
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2019 IST645 M001 Managing Info Systems Projects
Teaching History - 2018-2019
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2018 IST645 M001 Managing Info Systems Projects
Spring 2019 IST645 M001 Managing Info Systems Projects
Summer 2019 IST755 M001 Strategic Mgmt/Info Resources
Teaching History - 2017-2018
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2017 IST645 M001 Managing Info Systems Projects
Spring 2018 IST645 M001 Managing Info Systems Projects
Summer 2018 IST755 M001 Strategic Mgmt/Info Resources
Teaching History - 2016-2017
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2016 IST645 M001 Managing Info Systems Projects
Spring 2017 IST645 M001 Managing Info Systems Projects
Summer 2017 IST755 M050 Strategic Mgmt/Info Resources
Teaching History - 2015-2016
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2015 IST645 M001 Managing Info Systems Projects
Fall 2015 IST447 M001 Complex Issues in IT Proj Mgmt
Fall 2015 IST747 M001 Complex Issues in IT Proj Mgmt
Spring 2016 IST645 M001 Managing Info Systems Projects
Spring 2016 GET302 M001 Global Financial Sys Arch
Spring 2016 GET602 M001 Global Financial Sys Arch
Summer 2016 IST755 M050 Strategic Mgmt/Info Resources
Teaching History - 2014-2015
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2014 IST645 M001 Managing Info Systems Projects
Fall 2014 IST601 M050 Info. & Info Environments
Fall 2014 IST447 M001 Complex Issues in IT Proj Mgmt
Fall 2014 IST747 M001 Complex Issues in IT Proj Mgmt
Spring 2015 IST645 M001 Managing Info Systems Projects
Spring 2015 GET302 M001 Global Financial Sys Arch
Spring 2015 GET602 M001 Global Financial Sys Arch
Spring 2015 IST690 M005 Independent Study
Summer 2015 IST621 M050 Intro to Information Mgmt.
Summer 2015 IST755 M050 Strategic Mgmt/Info Resources
Summer 2015 IST690 M001 Independent Study
Teaching History - 2013-2014
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2013 IST645 M001 Managing Info Systems Projects
Fall 2013 GET302 M001 Global Financial Sys Arch
Fall 2013 GET602 M001 Global Financial Sys Arch
Spring 2014 IST645 M001 Managing Info Systems Projects
Spring 2014 GET302 M001 Global Financial Sys Arch
Spring 2014 GET602 M001 Global Financial Sys Arch
Summer 2014 IST601 M030 Info. & Info Environments
Summer 2014 IST621 M050 Intro to Information Mgmt.
Summer 2014 IST755 M050 Strategic Mgmt/Info Resources
Teaching History - 2012-2013
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2012 IST645 M001 Managing Info Systems Projects
Fall 2012 GET400 M002 Global Financial Sys Arch
Fall 2012 GET600 M001 Global Financial Sys Arch
Spring 2013 IST645 M001 Managing Info Systems Projects
Spring 2013 IST400 M001 Complex Issues in IT Project M
Spring 2013 IST700 M001 Complex Issues in IT Project M
Summer 2013 IST621 M050 Intro to Information Mgmt.
Summer 2013 IST755 M050 Strategic Mgmt/Info Resources
Teaching History - 2011-2012
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2011 IST645 M001 Managing Info Systems Projects
Fall 2011 IST302 M001 Global Financial Sys Arch
Spring 2012 IST645 M001 Managing Info Systems Projects
Spring 2012 IST400 M001 Complex Issues in IT Project M
Spring 2012 IST700 M001 Complex Issues in IT Project M
Spring 2012 IST990 U003 Independent Study
Summer 2012 IST601 M030 Info. & Info Environments
Summer 2012 IST621 M050 Intro to Information Mgmt.
Summer 2012 IST755 M050 Strategic Mgmt/Info Resources
Teaching History - 2010-2011
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2010 IST645 M001 Managing Info Systems Projects
Fall 2010 IST302 M001 Global Financial Sys Arch
Teaching History - 2009-2010
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2009 IST645 M001 Managing Info Systems Projects
Fall 2009 IST302 M001 Global Financial Sys Arch
Spring 2010 IST445 M001 Managing Info Systems Projects
Spring 2010 IST645 M001 Managing Info Systems Projects
Summer 2010 IST755 M540 Strategic Mgmt/Info Resources
Teaching History - 2008-2009
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2008 IST645 M001 Managing Info Systems Projects
Fall 2008 IST300 M002 Financial Systems Architecture
Spring 2009 IST445 M001 Managing Info Systems Projects
Spring 2009 IST300 M002 Global Financial Sys Arch
Summer 2009 IST755 M001 Strategic Mgmt/Info Resources
Teaching History - 2007-2008
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2007 IST645 M001 Managing Info Systems Projects
Spring 2008 IST645 M001 Managing Info Systems Projects
Summer 2008 IST755 M001 Strategic Mgmt/Info Resources
Teaching History - 2006-2007
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2006 IST645 M002 Managing Info Systems Projects
Spring 2007 IST645 M001 Managing Info Systems Projects
Teaching History - 2005-2006
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2005 IST575 M002 Managing Info Systems Projects
Spring 2006 IST575 M001 Managing Info Systems Projects
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