Bal, Balbir

Title: Dean, Donald R. Tapia School of Business and Professor of Computer Science

Department: School of Business

Phone: 352-588-8599

Email: balbir.bal@saintleo.edu

Education:

  • Ph.D. Computer Science, University of Aston, Birmingham, U.K.
  • M.Sc. Biochemical Engineering, University of Wales, Swansea, U.K.
  • Post Graduate Diploma, Chemical Engineering, University of Wales, Swansea, U.K.
  • B.Sc. (Hons) Chemistry (first class), Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, Punjab, India.

Biography:

Dr. Balbir S. Bal is dean of the Donald R. Tapia School of Business and a tenured professor of computer science at Saint Leo University. He holds a bachelor’s in chemistry from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, Punjab, India; a master’s in biochemical engineering from the University of Wales, Swansea, U.K.; and a doctorate in computer science from the University of Aston, Birmingham, U.K.

Dr. Bal joined the faculty in 1999 after teaching in higher education in England for 22 years. In 2006, he was appointed department chair of Computer Information Systems (CIS) and Accounting (now, Department of Computer Science & Information Systems) overseeing the development of information system and security offerings at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In 2009 he was promoted to associate dean, where he led the effort to strengthen the core business curriculum, secure accreditation for business programs, and lay the groundwork for the new flagship program in computer science. In July 2015, he was named dean of the Tapia School of Business.

Dr. Bal has co-authored a textbook in CIS, contributed a chapter in another textbook, published a number of papers and made numerous presentations at national and international conferences. A highly respected scholar and educator, his areas of research expertise are information systems, decision modeling, and robot programming.

He and his wife of 40 years, Jaspal, have two children – a son, Andeep, and a daughter, Rubinder – and currently reside in Dade City, Florida.

Community Affiliation:

  • Member of Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society in School of Business since May 2003.
  • Moderated sessions in Academic Excellence Day since 2001.
  • Advised students in the Computer Information Systems major.
  • Took part in a number of community service days since April 2004.

Teaching & Professional Interests:

  • Developed/Redeveloped six courses for the university’s online program at undergraduate level –COM 205, COM 208, COM 207, COM 209, COM 315, COM 318, and COM 340.
  • Developed three courses for the online MBA concentration in Information Security Management.
  • Developed doctoral level course in analytics for decision making.
  • Involved in the development of curriculum for the Computer Science program and the Master of Science in Cybersecurity.

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