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

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.

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)
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.

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.

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

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.

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

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