Ronald Erdei, PhD

Ronald Erdei, PhD

Associate Professor of Computational Science

Hargray Room 162A
One University Boulevard
Bluffton, SC 29909
Ronald Erdei, PhD

A graduate of Purdue University (PhD 2016), I greatly enjoy teaching and find the processes involved with learning fascinating. My discovery efforts focus on the removal of barriers (i.e., valueless challenges) to learning, retention, and degree attainment among college students in computing disciplines, particularly those challenges faced by first-generation college students and those traditionally underrepresented in computing disciplines. My research consequently lies at the intersection of learning theory, instructional design, and computer science pedagogy. Of particular interest are the development and application of instructional practices that complement student learning with additional secondary benefits (i.e., practices that yield desirable outcomes in addition to learning) such as increased self-efficacy, increased retention/graduation rate, increased matriculation into the workforce, and accelerated development of professional identity.

Prior to coming to USCB, I taught at Purdue University – which is where I discovered my love of teaching and my fascination with how students learn. Prior to entering academia, I worked in various data-centric roles in IT, including: data analyst, database developer, and database administrator.

  • Education
  • Teaching
  • Research

PhD in (Information) Technology. Purdue University 2016

MS in Computer and Information Technology. Purdue University 2007

  • CSCI B101 - Introduction to Computer Concepts
  • CSCI/ISAT B104 - Computer Programming Techniques
  • CSCI B201 - Introduction to Computer Security
  • CSCI B320 - Database Systems and Management
  • CSCI/ISAT B321 - Database-Driven Application Development
  • CSCI B399 - Independent Study
  • CSCI B520 - Advanced Topics in Database Sys
  • EDCI B599 - Selected Topics in Education
  • ISAT B320 - Database Management Systems I
  • ISAT B420 - Database Management Systems II
  • ISAT B437 - Information Technology Project Management
  • Computer Science Pedagogy
  • Scholarship of Teaching & Learning
  • Instructional Design
  • Collaborative Learning in College Students