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Northwest Missouri State University


Dr. Merry McDonald

Dr. Merry McDonald

Email

Office

2270 Colden Hall

Phone

660.562.1136
660.562.1963 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 1971

Professor

Program Director, MS-Applied Computer Science


Education

  • Ph.D. Mathematics, The University of Texas at Austin, 1970
  • M. A. Mathematics, The University of Texas at Austin, 1968
  • B.A. Mathematics, Midwestern University, 1964

Courses Taught

  • Object-Oriented Programming
  • Advanced Topics in Database Systems

Academic Interests

  • Object-oriented programming
  • Database systems

Scholarly Activity

External Grants

  • M. McDonald, C. Spradling, G. McDonald, M. Rogers, B. Siever, "Using Socially Relevant Computing to Attract and Retain Computer Science Majors", National Science Foundation, $517,075, August 1, 2011-July 31, 2017.
  • M. McDonald, G. McDonald,  P. Heeler, and J. Rickman, "Partnerships in Computer Networking: Beyond Theory to Professional Practice," National Science Foundation, $99,981, January 1, 2000-December 31, 2001.
  • M.McDonald, G. McDonald, R. Detmer, L. Null, P. Heeler, "Active Learning Using Closed Labs: An Alternative Paradigm for Computer Science Instruction", National Science Foundation, $51,889, June 1, 1994-May 31, 1996.

Publications and Presentation Since 1999

  • Ury, McDonald, McDonald, and Dorn (October 2006). Student Performance Online vs Onground: A Statistical Analysis of IS Courses. Information Systems Education Journal, 4 (98). http://isedj.org/4/98/ . ISSN: 1545-679X. (Also appears in The Proceedings of ISECON 2005: 3162. ISSN: 1542-7382.)
  • McDonald, M., Dorn, B., McDonald, G. (2004, March) A Statistical Analysis of Student Performance in Online Computer Science Courses. SIGCSE Bulletin 36 (1), 71-74.
  • McDonald, G., McDonald, M., Dorn, B. (2003, April) Teaching Without a Classroom: Delivering Courses Online. Proceedings of the 36th Annual Midwest Instruction and Computing Symposium.
  • Rickman, J., McDonald, M., McDonald, G., Heeler, P. (2001, September) Enhancing the Computer Networking Curriculum.  SIGCSE Bulletin, 33(3), 157-160.
  • Rickman, J., McDonald, M., McDonald, G., Heeler, P. (2001, June) Enhancing the Computer Networking Curriculum.  Presented at the 6th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, Canterbury, England.  Presentation by J. Rickman, M. McDonald, G. McDonald, based on work done by the group.
  • McDonald, M., Rickman, J., McDonald, G., Heeler, P., Hawley. D. (2001, March).  Practical Experiences for Undergraduate Computer Networking Students.  The Journal of Computing in Small Colleges, 16 (3), 261-270.
  • McDonald, M., Rickman, J., McDonald, G., Heeler, P., Hawley, D.  (2001, February). Showcase poster presentation of work on NSF grant entitled Partnerships in Computer Networking: Beyond Theory to Professional Practice.  Presented at Thirty-Second SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, Charlotte, NC. Presentation by Merry McDonald and Gary McDonald, based on work done by the group.
  • McDonald, M., Fitzgerald, S., Fienup, M., Kubilus, N., & Lopez, D. (2000). Student Outcomes Assessment What Works and What Doesn't. SIGCSE Bulletin, 32 (1), 405-406.  (Panel participant, with abstract of presentation appearing in the proceedings of the conference; presented work done jointly with Gary McDonald)
  • McDonald, M., Rickman, J., McDonald, G., Heeler, P., Hawley, D.  (2000, October). Showcase poster presentation of work on NSF grant entitled Partnerships in Computer Networking: Beyond Theory to Professional Practice.  Presented at Frontiers in Education 2000 Conference, Kansas City, MO. Presentation by Merry McDonald and Gary McDonald, based on work done by the group.
  • McDonald, M., Fitzgerald, S., Fienup, M., Kubilus, N., & Lopez, D. (2000). Student Outcomes Assessment What Works and What Doesn't. SIGCSE Bulletin, 32 (1), 405-406.  (Panel participant; presented work done jointly with Gary McDonald)
  • McDonald, M., & McDonald, G. (1999). Computer Science Curriculum Assessment. SIGCSE Bulletin, 31 (1), 194-197.

Student Group Advisement

  • Co-Sponsor, student chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon (international honorary society for students in the Computing and Information disciplines)

Other Professional Experience

  • Program Director, MS-Applied Computer Science (since 2004)