Department Chair: Tim DeClue, Ph.D.
Office: Taylor 104
Phone: (417) 328-1704
Shelly Brown, MBA
Professor of Computer and Information Science
Bolivar, MO 65613
Education and professional background: DeClue received a B.S. in Education and M.S. in School Computer Studies from Northwest Missouri State University. He holds a lifetime K-12 teaching certificate with the state of Missouri. DeClue earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Computer Science Education from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He is also a certified program evaluator for the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology and has been an Advanced Placement Reader for Computer Science three times. Prior to coming to SBU, DeClue taught high school and worked in university admissions. He began teaching at SBU in 1985 and teaches courses in the areas of computer science, systems analysis and design, and information assurance.
Family: Married to his wife, Gina, for 30 years. They have three children: Tyler ’11, Tarah ’12 and Tori, a current SBU student.
Community involvement: DeClue is an active member of First Baptist Church, Bolivar. He leads a band that plays in outreach ministry for FBC on Wednesday nights at the Esquire theatre. He has also been involved in coaching youth soccer and basketball. DeClue performs with a group of three guys called “Local Folks” who perform for fundraisers, community events, residential care centers, schools, etc.
Why did you choose to teach at SBU? “SBU was a place I could both fulfill my dream of being an educator, as well as honor God with my work. There aren’t too many places that can happen. I feel blessed to have this opportunity.”
What sets SBU apart from other universities? “SBU is the best place I know of to combine the best of academic rigor with the best of Christian higher education. Some places are good at one or the other, but very few places know how to do both extremely well.”
What advice do you have for prospective students? “Many students ask me how they can know what God wants them to major in or what they should do with their life. My answer is always the same. Look at what God has made you good at and look at what God has made you passionate to do. Many students in computing are good at mathematics and/or technology and are passionate about helping people. If that describes you, it is likely you’d be good in one of the computing disciplines like computer science, computer information science or web systems and design.”
What is your favorite thing to do in Bolivar/Southwest Missouri? “I enjoy bluegrass music, and there are lots of opportunities to hear and play bluegrass in Southwest Missouri. I also enjoy NCAA Division II sports—especially basketball. So when SBU has a home basketball game you can generally find Gina and I in the stands cheering on our Bearcats. I also enjoy gardening, and this year we had four kinds of tomatoes, four kinds of cucumbers, watermelons, purple pole beans, green beans, peppers, cantaloupes, corn, and squash.”