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William J. Ferns, Jr.

Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems

Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems



BA Trinity College Music Theory and Composition 1974
MS Baruch College Computer Methodology 1985
PhD CUNY Graduate Center Computer Science 1992

Areas of Expertise:

Information Systems, Strategy and Information Systems, Database Design, Computing in the Nonprofit and Public Sector

Selected Publications:

"An Expert System for Juvenile Delinquency Disposition Advisement" (with D. G. Dologite, R. J. Mockler, and R. Pfeffer). Applied Artificial Intelligence, 10 (4): 329-52, 1996.

"Suicidal Behavior Among Middle-Class, Midwestern Adolescents Who Seek Crisis Services" (with M. J. Rotheram-Borus and J. U. Walker). Journal of Clinical Psychology, 52 (2): 137-143, 1996.

"Lifenet: A Knowledge-Based DSS Tool for the Risk Assessment of Adolescent Suicide." Expert Systems with Applications, 9 (2): 165-76, 1995.

"Knowledge-Intensive Systems in the Social Service Agency: Anticipated Impacts on the Organization" (with A. Mowshowitz). AI and Society, 9 (2): 161-83, 1995.

"CD-ROM Search Techniques of Novice Users: Is the English-as-a-Second-Language Student at a Disadvantage?" (with D. J. DiMartino and S. Swacker). Journal of the Association of College and Research Libraries, 56 (1): 49-59, January 1995.

Academic Activities:

Founding Coordinator, Zicklin Full-Time Honors MBA program, 1997-99.

Professor of MIS, Zicklin Executive MBA Program, 1996-2001.

Founding Coordinator, Joint Internships Program, CUNY/Human Resources Administration, City of New York, 1999-2001.

Member, Zicklin School of Business Executive Committee, 1999-present.

Member, Zicklin School of Business Graduate Curriculum Committee, 1999-present.

Professional Activities:

Designer and Developer, Database Program for Longitudinal Tracking, East Harlem Council on Community Improvement Beacon Program, 1999-2000.

Consultant and Software Developer, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, 1994-2000.

Consultant and Software Developer, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York City, 1987-present.

Founding Chair, Advisory Committee, TeamTech (joint venture of Americorps, United Way, and IBM to provide VISTA volunteers to social service agencies in New York City), 1997-2001.

Awards, Honors, etc.:

Top Twenty for 1995, American Library Association's Library Instruction Round Table, for "CD-ROM Search Techniques of Novice Users: Is the English-as-a-Second-Language Student at a Disadvantage?"

Best Application Paper Award, Decision Sciences Institute Annual Meeting, for "Juvenile Delinquent Legal Advisement: Development of an Expert System Prototype," 1993.

Kenneth B. Clark and Mamie Phipps Clark Fellowship, CUNY, 1990-91.

Teaching Excellence Awards, Baruch College School of Business and Public Administration, 1991, 1992, 1993.


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