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Information Technology and Administrative Management

College of Education and Professional Studies

Deborah Wells, Lecturer

Office: SAM 243E
Phone: 509.963.1482

You may say I am new to the academia world – and I am; however, I bring years of national security cyber experience from my previous career.  For over 21 years I was a cyber-computer officer in the United States Air Force.  I traveled the world and had the opportunity to work on many different networks, protecting our nation’s assets through robust cyber security programs.  Computer networks where not my only strong suit, I have been availed the opportunity to work with and on different highly complex radio/satellite systems. 

I do not consider myself one to “read ones and zeros,” but someone who understands them and loves to be a leader and manager of technologically minded folks.  As a leader in the Air Force, I have had the wonderful opportunity to lead hundreds and hundreds of people and to manage projects for fiber optic infrastructures for Air Force bases and a myriad of software and hardware upgrades to both terrestrial and airborne domains. 

I relish the idea of teaching students about the different aspects of ITAM from a diverse lens.  I have been able to teach at the college level while I was assigned to the Air Force Reserve Officer Training program at Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA.  Not only did I get to teach cadets the Air Force way of life, I was able to become an adjunct instructor for Wilkes University in their Technology Department.  I taught the “Basics of Computing” and simply loved being in front of these students!  Now that I am back being either “in front” of CWU students or at least behind the computer teaching on-line, I really feel in my element.  I am a people person who loves to get to know as many people from all different walks of life.  Not to mention, I love to teach!  

My teaching style is parallel to Mr. Malcolm S. Knowles Adult Learning Principles.  In order for adult students to really grasp the concepts presented, they need to understand the objectives and purpose of learning.  I present the objectives and goals early on in the course in the syllabus and then reiterate throughout to ensure they are being used as a guide for the students to follow.  Students spend considerable money to attend classes and time is of essence; therefore, it does not bode well for the instructor to waste the students' time.  I continually look at every question or opportunity to turn it into a teaching point.  The students are more motivated to learn when it is clearly presented to them and relevant to their life.   If they have a voice, then it carries more weight than when I am just up at the podium teaching to them.  If they can provide solutions to the problems and not just have content-focused information forced down their throats, they will glean much more from the course material.  Also, with adult students, many of them have many different, salient experiences that can be drawn upon to help better hit home the objectives then just my point of view or experiences.  Diversity is essential and can add that spice to a classroom that takes learning to a new level.  I thoroughly enjoy courses that get into profound discussions about the course work.  Students have different motivators for why they are enrolled in higher education and if the instructor can arouse those motivating factors, the students will learn better and the course will be much more interesting for both the student and instructor. 

As far as my personal side, I am an animal lover!  We have our own hobby farm of sorts – 2 miniature donkeys, a llama, a Belgian draft horse and 4 dogs.  In addition to our animals, we have a myriad of fruit and nut trees so if you cannot find me in my office or the classroom, I might have snuck away to pick fresh fruit.  And when you swing by my office in Samuelson, Office 243E, I’m sure I’ll have fresh fruit on my desk – help yourself!  I have a 9-year old stepdaughter, Aubrey, who keeps me young and always trying new things and my husband, Murray, can be found on campus most days since he is a CWU Campus Police Officer.   We are here to serve you – students, faculty, staff and all others!


“Use your smile to change the world, Don’t let the world change your smile”
“Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude determines how you’re going to live your life”
~Joel Osteen
“Technology is best when it brings people together”

~Matt Mullenweg


MS in Operational Arts and Science, US Air Force Air University, 2009

MS in Business Management, University of Oklahoma, 1997

BS in Business, University of Oklahoma, 1994

Professional Experience

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, US Air Force
Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA, Jul 2014 – Present

Chief Information Officer, US Air Force
Bossier City, LA Jul 2012 - Jul 2014

Chief Communications and IT Officer, US Air Force
Omaha, NE Jun 2009 - Jun 2012

Chief Information Officer, US Air Force
Little Rock , AR Jun 2007 - Jul 2008

Certification Supervisor for Computer Systems, US Air Force
Colorado Springs, CO, 
Jun 2004 – Jun 2007

Office Manager, US Air Force, Kunsan Air Base
Republic of Korea Jun 2003 - Jun 2004

Adjunct Professor, Information Technology
Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA, Jan 2001 – May 2003

Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies, US Air Force
Wilkes University Wilkes- Barre, PA and Bloomsburg University, Jun 2000 – Jun 2003

Chief Postal Support, Graphics, Photography Lab and Computer Inventory, US Air Force
Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov 1997 – Jun 2000

Y2K Project Manager, US Air Force
Kadena Air Base, Japan Nov 1997 - Jun 2000

Program Manager, US Air Force, Midwest City, OK Jun 1995 - Nov 1997

Teaching Experience

Department of Aerospace Studies, Jan 2001 – May 2003
Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA

  • Instructor for Foundations of Air Force, Leadership and National Security Affairs for USAF Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadets

Information Technology Department Adjunct Professor, Jan 2001 – May 2003
Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA

  • Adjunct professor for computers and applications courses.

Funded Educational Projects

USAF Institute for National Security Studies Grant Awardee to Maj Jim Garcia and Captain Deborah Dusek for $1,000, "Peacemaking versus Peacekeeping in the Gaza Strip," Spring 2002

Wilkes University Grant to attend Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, Homeland Defense Conference, $500 - emphasized Cyber Security, Spring 2003

Curricular Development

  • Flight Commander Course - Joint Base Lewis McChord
  • Effective Writing - Okinawa, Japan
  • Freshman Foundations Course - Wilkes University
  • Basic Computing for the Workplace - Wilkes University

Unpublished Monographs and Other Written Reports

High Performance Waveform White Paper
Y2K Air Force Instruction
"Where Air and Cyber Meet: The Advent of the Cyber Responsive Operations Center"
Air University, Jun 2009


Exercise Air Shield 2009 at the Aviation and Air Defence Institute of the National Defence University of Poland (Warsaw, Poland)
Panel Member for "History of the Armed Forces" hosted by Community Active Partners of Scranton, PA (Jan 2003)

Service Activities

University Committee: August 2001-June 2003 Voting Member, Teaching Recognition & Effectiveness Committee (TREC), Wilkes University

Professional Review Activities

Winter 2010, Security Studies Quarterly, Book Review, Vol 4, No. 1. Reviving Greater Russia
Fall 2012, Security Studies Quarterly, Book Review, Vol 6, No 3. Critical Code: Software Producibility for Defense

Professional Development Courses

  • Graduate of Security+ - Comptia Certification
  • Gradate from Academic Instructor Course
  • Graduate from Advanced Communications and Information Officer
  • Graduate from Air Force Inspection System Course
  • Graduate from Defense Acquisition University 101 Program
  • Graduate from DoD Architecture Framework Implementation Program
  • Graduate of Incident Command System Courses (100, 200, 300, 400, and 700 series)
  • Graduate from Learning Tree International Local Area Networks Course
  • Graduate from Manila Web Page Design Course
  • Graduate from SI International Architecture 101 Course
  • Graduate Squadron Officer School
  • Graduate from US Air Force Special Operations School
  • Graduate from White House Total Equipment Suite Training Course
  • Completed Air Force Risk Management Fundamentals
  • Complete Annual Ethics Training - Annually
  • Completed Chief of Office Records
  • Complete CPR/AED Certified - Bi-Annually
  • Completed Free Exercise of Religion Training
  • Completed Homosexual Policy Training for Supervisors
  • Complete Law of Armed Conflict Training - Annually
  • Completed Professional Secrets to Effective Writing Course
  • Completed Self-Aid Buddy Care
  • Completed Security Management Training Course
  • Complete Sexual Assault Prevention Training - Annually
  • Completed Social Networking Course
  • Completed Space Control/Missile Defense-Missile Warning Test Manager Course
  • Completed Space Fundamentals Course
  • Completed Spanish Language and Culture Familiarization Course
  • Completed HR University's Telework 101 for Managers Course
  • Participant Department of Defense Cyber Awareness Challenge
  • Participant Security Administration Course
  • Participant of Suicide Prevention Program

Other Extracurricular Teaching Experience

  • Company Grade Officer Leadership Courses
  • Effective Writing Courses
  • Indoor Cycling Instructor
  • Group Aerobics Instructor
  • Personal Trainer
  • Adult Bible Classes

Associations / Organizations

  • Air Force Association, Life Time Member
  • Armed Forces Communications and Engineering Association,
  • Member & President (2013-2014)
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars, Life Time Member
  • Partners in Education Military Liaison Officer and Volunteer Coordinator (2008-2009)

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