Faculty Profile

Todd Whittaker, Ph.D.

Department Chair, Computing Sciences & Mathematics, and Program Chair, Cybersecurity & MS



Todd Whittaker currently serves as the Department Chair for Computing Sciences and Mathematics and as Program Chair for the BS and MS in Cybersecurity at Franklin University. He has more than 25 years' experience in computer related fields and has previously held positions as an associate professor at DeVry University, software engineer at Battelle Memorial Institute, and UNIX systems administrator at the University of Akron. He has extensive knowledge of object-oriented programming languages, design patterns, development processes, systems administration and network administration, information security, and technology education. Todd is responsible for a number of courses in the Computer Science, Information Technology, Cybersecurity, and Web Development majors.

When not writing about himself in the third person, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children, camping, hiking, gardening, and teaching in a small home group Bible study.


Dakota State University (Madison, South Dakota)
Doctor of Philosophy, Information Systems
The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio)
Master of Science, Computer + Information Science
University of Akron
Master of Science, Computer Science
University of Akron
Bachelor of Science, Computer Science

Work Experience

2021 - Present
Franklin University, Department Chair, Computing Sciences & Mathematics, and Program Chair, Cybersecurity & MS Cybersecurity
2020 - 2021
Franklin University, Department Chair, Computer Information Systems & Mathematics
2019 - 2021
Franklin University, Chair, Technology Division, Academic Operations
2017 - 2019
Franklin University, Department Chair, Computer and Information Sciences; Program Chair, Information Technology; Program Chair, Cybersecurity
2004 - 2017
Franklin University, Program Chair
2003 - 2004
Franklin University, Program Chair

Publications & Presentations

Whittaker, T., & McWherter, L. (2019, Jul. 30). How to build a successful 3+1 program between developing CAE partners. Community College Cyber Summit (3CS) 2019, Shreveport, LA.
Whittaker, T. (2019, Mar. 27). Factors influencing curriculum adoption in undergraduate cybersecurity programs. DSU Graduate Student Research Initiative poster session, Madison, SD.
Talavera, I., & Whittaker, T. (2014, Nov. 14). Critical Thinking in the Information Technology Program: a Deciding Factor for Employability. Learning Showcase, Ohio.

Professional Service

Committee Chair
Student Success Initiative
(Columbus, Ohio)
University Senate Service
Faculty Senate Secretary
(Columbus, Ohio) End Date: 2015
Committee Chair
Academic Technology Committee
(Columbus, Ohio) End Date: 2009
Committee Chair
Assessment Committee
(Columbus, Ohio) End Date: 2007
University Senate Service
Faculty Senate
(Franklin University)
University Senate Service
Assessment Committee
(Columbus, Ohio) End Date: 2006
University Senate Service
Professional Development Committee
(Columbus, Ohio) End Date: 2004