Norman ("Norm") Johnson is Professor, and Chair, of the Decision and Information Sciences Department. His expertise is in the areas of decision-making, psychometric analysis, data mining, and predictive analytics. He has been involved in teaching and research in these and other areas for over a decade. In applied research and practice, he focuses on developing predictive models that are based on numeric and textual data. Norm's academic research focuses on computer-mediated negotiations and human behaviors. His research appears in several leading journals such as MIS Quarterly, Journal of Management Information Systems; Decision Support Systems, European Journal of Information Systems, Information Systems Journal, among others. Prior to his career in academia, Norm was as an Assistant Actuary who developed pricing models and valued pension funds. Currently, in practice, Dr. Johnson is a senior advisor on Data Analytics to companies in several industries.
· Communication Media and Negotiation
· Psychometric Analysis
· Affect and Virtual Worlds
· Structured and Unstructured Data Analytics.
Fleurette S. Fernando is the Founding Director of the MA in Arts Leadership Program at The University of Houston where she also serves as Instructional Assistant Professor and as Chair of the Community and Government Relations Committee of the UH Faculty Senate. Fleurette is a graduate of Claude Watson School for the Arts, Toronto, a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada's Directing Program, Montreal, and holds an MFA degree in Theatre Directing from York University. Fleurette served as Artistic Director of Montreal's Black Theatre Workshop and was the recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts' first John Hirsch Prize for Young Directors and a Fellowship of the Americas from the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts for her work on original play development in Canada. Fleurette has worked as a writer, director, dramaturge, choreographer, educator and arts administrator in organizations across Canada and the US including Mirvish Productions, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts and Brooklyn Academy of Music. Fleurette was a participant in London’s Royal Court Theatre’s International Residency for Playwrights and Directors and served as Executive Director of Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center. Most recently she served as Director of Grants for Houston Arts Alliance, the designated arts agency for the City of Houston. Fleurette currently serves on the board of Midtown Arts and Theatre Center Houston (MATCH) and the Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE). In 2018, Fleurette received a Teaching Excellence Award from UH for her work in community engagement.
Paul Butler specializes in the study of style in Rhetoric and Composition. He is the author of The Writer’s Style, Out of Style, and Style in Rhetoric and Composition. He is co-editor of Style and the Future of Composition Studies (in press). His current monograph project is Style and the New Writing Literacies. Paul earned degrees in French at Colorado College and Middlebury College (BA, MA); in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric at Syracuse University (PhD); and in Law and English at the University of Colorado, Boulder (JD, MA).