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My Current or Recent Courses:   cs201   cs301   is220   is280   is289   is431

All Courses I have Taught:
  cs101   cs143   cs201   cs210   cs235   cs236   cs252   cs301   cs312
  cs320   cs345   cs380   cs440   cs441   cs460   cs470   cs491   is230
  is231   is280   is431   Tutorials

Go to IS Department Chair webpage
Go to The Proceedings of ISECON
Go to BYUH Campus/Community Tour (done by my student)
Go to Uhina Network Manager, by Joseph.
Go to Speech and Debate Tournament at Baldwin High School on Maui (2001)
Go to FixaPicture, my nephew's web site for High-Quality Photo Editing.
Go to Hukilau 10K Walk for MS Windows (21M)

Graduation Pictures, June 2004

Academic Honor Society Memberships

2004-04-10 Υ Π Ε : Upsilon Pi Epsilon International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines.

2005-12-06 Φ Κ Φ : Phi Kappa Phi The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Don Colton Biographical Sketch

Pictures of me

(last updated September 11, 2007)

2000-present Editor of ISECON Proceedings
2001-2004 Board of Directors of AITP EDSIG
2001-2004 Chairman of the BYUH Computer Science Department
2003 Assistant Chairman of ISECON, San Diego, California
2003-2004 Chairman of the BYUH Promotion Review Committee
2003-present Editor of IS Education Journal
2004 Assistant Chairman of ISECON, Newport, Rhode Island
2004-present Chairman of the BYUH Information Systems Department
2005 Chairman of ISECON, Columbus OH
2005-2006 Executive Vice President of AITP EDSIG
2007 President of AITP EDSIG

(last updated September 11, 2007)

Don Colton, PhD, is Professor of Information Systems and Chairman of the Information Systems department from August 2004 to present at Brigham Young University Hawaii Campus (BYU Hawaii). He has worked at BYUH since August 1997 in both the CS and IS departments, having also served as Chairman of the Computer Science department from mid 2001 to August 2004, and played a key role in the combining in 2002 of CS, IS, and Math as separate departments within a new School of Computing. His university committee assignments include membership on the promotion review committee (2001-2006) as well as technical oversight activities related to Information Technology. His research interests are in automatic speech recognition by computers, and in the practical application of computer technology in teaching introductory courses in computer programming.

Don's professional service involvements include many years as Proceedings Editor for ISECON (2000 to present, ISSN: 1542-7382), two two-year terms on the EDSIG Board of Directors, 2001-2002 and 2003-2004, two years as Executive Vice President (2005-2006), and currently serves as President (2007) of that group. ISECON is the Information Systems Educators Conference. EDSIG is the Education Special Interest Group of AITP, the Association of Information Technology Professionals. Don is the founding and current Editor for ISEDJ (, the online Information Systems Education Journal, a peer-reviewed academic journal that started publication September 8, 2003. ISEDJ is published by EDSIG to recognize the best ISECON papers each year.

Don earned his PhD in Computer Science and Engineering in 1997 from Oregon Graduate Institute (OGI), now a school within Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. Three years of study at OGI were supported by a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Student Fellowship. Prior to that he worked five years (1988-1993) at Griffin College in Seattle, Washington, also serving as department chair and a member of the promotion review committee. Before entering education full time in 1988, his professional life included computer programming and management at Microsoft (four years), software consulting in Boston at Systems Application Engineering (four years), and software engineering at Texas Instruments (two years). He also taught two years as an adjunct instructor at the University of Lowell (now UMass Lowell) from January 1982 to December 1983. He earned an MBA at BYU (Provo) in 1978, and a BS in Mathematics at BYU (Provo) in 1976 on a four-year scholarship.

Don is still happily married to his high school sweetheart, the former Lois Clayton of Richland, Washington. They have six children and three grandchildren. They reside in Laie, Hawaii.



For the courses I am teaching or have taught recently, syllabi and other course information is available at my courses web page.


I have a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from Oregon Graduate Institute in Portland, Oregon. My PhD research area is Speech Recognition, and my thesis is on assessing recognition certainty.

Computer Science:

I am currently the chairman for the BYUH Department of Computer Science. The department is small, consisting of three tenured positions. One of the positions is currently vacant.

Information Systems:

I also have strong ties to the BYUH Information Systems department, where I taught for two years (1999-2001). My major teaching interest in the IS department has strengthening the technical skills of the students, particularly in Computer Programming, but also in CGI-based web-site development.


This site features course materials, professional materials, and other items of interest to its administrator: Don Colton.

Courses I am teaching Fall 2001:

CS 345: Operating Systems
CS 380: Computer Architecture
IS 431: eCommerce Web Development

Courses I am teaching Winter 2002:

CS 143: Computer Organization
CS 252: Theory of Computing
CS 460: Networking

Courses I am teaching Spring 2002:

CS 470: Artificial Intelligence

All courses I am teaching or have taught:

Courses I Teach (or Taught)

My Really Old, Lame, Homepage from Graduate School
My Thesis

Kahuku HS Speech and Debate went to the 2001 Neighbor Island Tournament. I came along as driver, chaperone, judge, and photo-journalist.

Student Schedules