Information Technology Degree Faculty

Brian Finnegan, Ed.D.

Brian Finnegan

Brian Finnegan

Dean, IT/GE and Director of Competency-Based Education

Ed.D., Temple University
M.S., Drexel University
B.S., Cornell University

Subject Areas: Technology Management, Programming and Application Development, Desktop Applications for Business, Networking

Dr. Brian R. Finnegan serves Peirce College as the Dean of Information Technology and General Education, the Director of Competency-Based Education and as an Associate Professor of IT. He joined Peirce College in 2006.

Brian earned an Ed.D. from Temple University in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies, a Master's of Science in Information Systems specializing in Human-Computer Interaction and Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning and a B.S. in Applied and Resource Economics cum laude from Cornell University.

Before arriving at Peirce, Brian served as Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Governor's School for Information Technology, a publicly funded enrichment program for gifted and talented high school students hosted by Drexel University. He has been teaching at the college level for over 15 years, and his teaching interests include the management of data and human-computer interaction/interaction design. Prior to his career as an educator, Brian worked in consulting at Ernst & Young (now EY) and in operations management at online retailer McMaster-Carr. He lives in West Philadelphia with his wife and two sons.

At Peirce, Dr. Finnegan led the launch of programs in Information Security and Technology Management, chaired a comprehensive revisioning of the College's general education core curriculum and directed the Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee. He currently directs Peirce's Competency-Based Education (CBE) initiative – a flexible, cost-effective new mode of degree attainment that measures learning through the attainment of skill-based, career-focused competencies rather than through time as measured by the accumulation of credit hours. Dr. Finnegan lead the launch in 2016 of the College's first CBE degree program, a B.S. in Information Technology with a concentration in Networking, Administration and Information Security.

His administrative and research interests center on innovative, technology-driven transformation of higher education, particularly for working adult populations.

Contact Brian Finnegan, Ed.D.:

    Peirce College's full-time Information Technology degree professors will teach you the theoretical and practical lessons needed for a successful career in Information Technology. Our on-campus and online IT degrees have two concentrations for students to choose from: Networking, Administration and Information Security or Programming and Application Development.

    Networking, Administration and Information Security

    Our Networking concentration faculty begin the program by teaching students about maintenance, upgrade, and repair of PCs, and their exam objectives are related to CompTIA's A+ certification. In your other introductory courses, the professors will teach you networking fundamentals like data communications and implementation of transmission media, LANs and WANs, network interconnections, network management, and protocols. They'll also help you to develop a basic understanding of network security concepts, data communication security, infrastructure security, and cryptography.

    Later in the program, the faculty will give you a comprehensive overview of the features and functions of a Microsoft Windows Server-based network and teach courses around wireless network security, help desk and customer support, Linux administration and network routing, switching, security, and defense. In your capstone course, the faculty will guide you through a case study that tasks you with designing and implementing a network and developing a security plan for it.

    Programming and Application Development

    Knowledgeable and talented coders are in demand right now, with no signs of that demand slowing down. Peirce's Programming and Application Development faculty will teach you how to code and nurture the abilities of those who already have a programming background. First, you'll learn application software and computer programming basics needed to meet modern organizations' technology needs.

    Next, our faculty equips students to determine the customer's needs and to design and implement systems-based solutions. They'll teach you application development in the .NET environment involving courses in ASP, SQL, XML and the component object model for application development. Peirce's Programming and Application Development degree faculty will also prepare you to become a well-rounded IT professional by exploring lessons in systems analysis tools such as Microsoft Project and Visio. Finally, they'll challenge you to build a working program or prototype to demonstrate practical programming skills and knowledge.

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