Carol Cusano, Ph.D.

assistant professor, the mCCORMICK division of BUSINESS

Office Room: Ellenwood

I started my professional life as an equestrian, working throughout the country as an exercise rider training race horses. I first attended college as a pre-med major interested in becoming a veterinarian. Finding myself captivated by the colors and forms of cells and animal anatomy, I changed my major to Fine Arts. This led to a varied career, much of which has been guided by my interest in education and abilities in the visual arts, research and technology. While working as a Middle & High School librarian, I became enthralled with the World Wide Web—the perfect space for combining these interests. This directed my enrollment into the PhD program at the Graduate School of Computer & Information Science at Nova Southeastern University where I received my doctorate in 2002. My dissertation research investigated and tested the use of Information Visualization (IV) as a usable tool for exploring search results on the World Wide Web. I am still fascinated with design approaches which help make digital information approachable and understandable. In the classroom, I use my visual knowledge as a methodology to guide students to more easily approach and learn new technologies.


  • Ph.D., Information Science and Systems, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • M.L.S., Library and Information Science, University at Albany, Albany, N.Y.
  • B.S., Painting and Drawing, College of St. Rose, Albany, N.Y.

Courses taught

  • SVC:
  • Fundamentals of Academic Computing
  • Web Development/Design
  • Network Design
  • IT Administration
  • Date Communications
  • Hardware Support
  • Visual Basic/.NET Programming
  • Network Security
  • UNIX/MS/LINUX Operating Systems
  • SQL Programming
  • Server Support & Troubleshooting
  • Microsoft Office
  • Desktop Support
  • Systems Analysis /Design
  • Library/Research/Literacy Skills
  • Arts/Crafts and Art History

academic Research/interests

Academically, my research involved information visualization, its use in distributed networks and the impact on users. Currently, I am exploring using visualization concepts within the classroom as a teaching methodology.

areas of expertise

Information visualization, human computer interaction, Web design and usability, and information literacy.

Why I teach

Teaching allows me to stay current in my field, challenges the way I think about technology and, most importantly, allows me an opportunity to make a difference.

Favorite Book

An endless list . . . The Great Gatsby, Love in the Time of Cholera, Horse Heaven, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Pride & Prejudice, The Orchid Thief, Animal Dreams . . . .

Favorite film

Another long list . . . Adaptation, The King's Speech, The Godfather, The Black Stallion, Jaws, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, To Sir with Love, Desk Set, anything with Will Farrell . . . .

Best part of being at SVC

Friendly, interesting faculty and staff, beautiful campus, and great students!