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College of Engineering and Computing

Faculty and Staff

John H. Gerdes, Jr., Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor / Integrated Information Technology
M.S., M.B.A., M.Eng., B.S.
Department: Department of Integrated Information Technology
College of Engineering and Computing
Phone: 803-777-8529
Fax: 803-777-9564

IT-oLogy Tower
Suite 1010-D
1301 Gervais Street
Columbia, S.C. 29208

John Gerdes


Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.
M.S., Computer Science, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.
M.B.A., Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa.
M.Eng., Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
B.S., Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.

Dr. John Gerdes is an associate professor in the Department of Integrated Information at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C. He teaches software development, web site development, and database management. Dr. Gerdes holds a B.S. and M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, a M.B.A. from Lehigh University, a M.S. in Computer Science from Vanderbilt, and a Ph.D. in Information Systems from Vanderbilt. He has taught at Ohio State University, University of California Riverside, and Jia Tong University, Shanghai, China. His articles have appeared in the Communications of the ACM, Decision Support Systems, Transactions of the IIE, and other journals. He is currently an associate editor for Electronic Commerce Research and Telecommunications Systems.


Web-based data mining
Knowledge management
Electronic commerce
Distance learning
Data security


ITEC 345 - Introduction to Networking
ITEC 352 - End-user Interface Design
ITEC 362 - Web-based Support Systems
ITEC 562 - Advanced Web Support Systems
ITEC 570 - Advanced Records Management and Administration


Gerdes, J. H., and Crews, T. B., (2010, Spring). "Developing course profiles to match course characteristics with student learning styles." NACADA Journal, 30,1 (Spring 2010), 23-33.

Stringam, B. B., and Gerdes, J. H., (2010). "Are pictures worth a thousand words? Success factors for hotel web site design. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology, 1,1 , 30-49.

Gerdes Jr., J., Stringam, B. B., and Brookshire, R. G. (2008). "An integrative approach to assess qualitative and quantitative consumer feedback." Electronic Commerce Research, 8:4, 217-234.

Gerdes, J. Jr. and Stringam, B. B. (2008). "Addressing researchers' quest for hospitality data: Mechanism for collecting data from web resources." Tourism Analysis, 13(2), 309-315.

Gerdes, J., and Gavish, B. (2006). "Delivering I /OR curricula through distance learning." International Journal of Information and Operations Management Education, 1(3).

Gavish, B., and Gerdes, J. (2005). "The unknown workforce: Supporting anonymous employees." Information Technology Journal, 4(4), 342-347.

Gerdes, J., Ettredge, M., and Karuga, G. (2005). "Using web-based search data as a predictor of macro-economic statistics." Communications of the ACM, 48(11), 87-92.

Ettredge, M., and Gerdes, J. (2005). "Timelines of investor relations data at corporate web sites." Communications of the ACM, 48(1),95-100.

Gerdes, J. (2004 April). "The viability of supporting anonymous employees." Communications of the ACM, 47(4), 98-100.

Tilley, S., Gerdes, J., Hamilton, T., Huang, S., Muller, H., Smith, D., and Wong, K. (2004, January – April). "On the business value and technical challenges of adopting web services." Journal of Software Maintenance and Evolution: Research and Practice, 16(1-2), 31-50.

Gerdes, J. (2003). "EDGAR analyzer: Automating the analysis of corporate data contained in the SEC's EDGAR database." Decision Support Systems, 35, 7-29.

Current Grants and Projects

Streamlining Student Scholarship Management, $5,000 HRSM grant, October 2007
Improving Student Advisement by Considering Student and Course Profiles, National Academic Advising Association, $5,000, July 2007, with Tena Crews
Seeking NSF funding for "Providing Hands-on Training for Networking Technicians through a Virtual Environment" through both the NSF ATE and CCLI Programs

Professional Affiliations

Decision Sciences Institute
Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences