Macon State College MVPs is a web feature that profiles notable students, alumni, faculty and staff.
Full Name: Kevin S. Floyd.
Family: Mother, Del Floyd; father, Herman Floyd; sister, Amy Ridings; two nieces, Haley and Carly; and too many pets to mention.
Job Title: Assistant professor of information technology.
Degrees: Associate’s degree, math and secondary education, Macon State College; bachelor of science, information technology, Macon State College; master of science, applied computer science, Columbus State University; doctorate in higher education administration in progress from Georgia Southern University.
Year he joined the Macon State faculty: 2004. “Before that, from 2000 to 2004, I was a web and instructional support specialist at Macon State.”
Some of his teaching career highlights are... “Presenting my first scholarly paper at the Southern Association of Information Systems Conference; presenting at my first international conference in Varna, Bulgaria; and working with Dr. David Adams to develop a series of web development tutorials that are currently being used by IT students and IT professionals around the world.”
He enjoys teaching at Macon State College because ... “The classes are small and I have the ability to interact with all of my students on a one-to-one basis. As a Macon State graduate, I am proud to have the opportunity to give back to an institution that provided me with so many opportunities for success. It is also exciting to be able to work with people who were once your former professors.”
His favorite course to teach is ... “Data-driven web development. In this course students are introduced to the technologies that are necessary to develop websites whose content can change dynamically in response to different contexts or conditions. This type of functionality provides the foundation for developing e-commerce, social networking, and content-management websites. The course is a combination of several different technologies such as web development, database design, and programming. It’s always rewarding to see students develop their own web applications using the skills they learned during the semester.”
One thing people don't know about Macon State is ... “Even though Macon State is a commuter college, it provides a lot of the same opportunities that are available on most residential college campuses. There are numerous clubs and student organizations where students can interact with their peers and the faculty outside of class. The college has a strong academic reputation and a dedicated group of faculty who work hard to help students succeed. The college has several state-of-the-art facilities that people might only expect to find at much larger university campuses.”
One thing people don't know about him is ... “Some people may not know that I started Macon State back in 1995 when it was called Macon College. I was really impressed with the academic programs and all of the student life opportunities. I decided to continue my studies at Macon State and earned my bachelor’s degree in information technology in 2000.”
In his spare time he likes to ... “I don’t have a lot of spare time, but I enjoy traveling and gardening as much as possible.”
The one person he’d most like to meet is ... “Former President George W. Bush. During his eight years in office he had lots of critics, but despite the challenges and difficult decisions, he persevered, didn't give up, and never shirked the tough decisions.”
If he wasn't a college professor he would be … “A high school math or science teacher. I have always wanted to be a teacher. I was fortunate to have a mentor who persuaded me to give teaching at the college level a try. It was one of the best decisions I ever made.”