Fadi Deek, Ph.D., has been appointed acting dean of the College of Science and Liberal Arts (CSLA) at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). The appointment is effective Dec. 1. A resident of East Brunswick, Deek, an NJIT Professor of Information Systems in the College of Computing Sciences (CCS), also holds a joint appointment in the department of mathematical sciences.
“Fadi knows CSLA well,” said William Van Buskirk, provost of NJIT. “He was both an undergraduate and graduate student in the college and served as a member of the faculty and instructing staff for 15 years prior to the creation of CCS in 2001.”
Deek now serves as the associate dean of CCS. He will step down from that position to assume the acting deanship. He will, however, continue as the director of the information technology program.
Earlier this year, Deek, received an IBM Faculty Award, a highly competitive award recognizing the outstanding quality of his research. The "Faculty Partnership Award" given by IBM’s Watson Research Center recognizes and fosters novel, creative work as well as strengthens the relationships between leading universities and the IBM research and development community. Such awards are competitive and intended to promote innovative, collaborative research projects between employees in IBM research, development or services organizations and among premier faculty worldwide.
Deek’s research interests focus on learning systems and collaborative technologies, especially as those applications relate to software engineering and computer science education. His approach to research involves a mixture of theoretical development, software system implementation, controlled experimental evaluation, and deployment of the systems developed.
His research contributions have been documented in 38 journal articles, 60 conference papers, 40 professional and invited presentations and five book chapters.
With James McHugh, Ph.D.,professor of computer science at NJIT, Deek co-authored Computer-Supported Collaboration with Applications to Software Engineering (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2003). The text is a handbook for theoreticians and practitioners in collaborative computer work. It presents a broad and integrated view of collaborative problem solving. “The book is unusual because it is not your usual dry computer text,” says Deek.
“Rather it examines the relationship between computers and other research areas such as cognitive psychology, social psychology and the characteristics of interaction environment in terms of their impact on collaboration.
Deek earned a Ph.D. in computer science from NJIT in 1997. He has also garnered praise from students and colleagues for his teaching ability. His awards include the NJIT Student Senate Faculty of the Year Award (1992, 1993); the NJIT Honors College Outstanding Teacher Award (1992); the NJIT Excellence in Teaching Award (1991); the NJIT Master Teacher (2001); the NJIT Alumni Association Robert W. Van Houten Award for Teaching Excellence (2002).