Geoff Nathan


Geoff Nathan is a retired  Professor Emeritus in the Linguistics Program as well as Chief Privacy Officer. He has a doctorate in Linguistics from the University of Hawai’i, and has taught at the University of Montana, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale as well as Wayne State. His area of specialization is phonetics and phonology, and he was responsible for introducing these areas to Cognitive Linguistics, in part through his phonology text, Phonology: A Cognitive Grammar Introduction, Benjamins,  and he and Margaret Winters just published Cognitive Linguistics for Linguists with Springer. In addition to phonetics and phonology, he is interested in the political and social issues involved in computing, particularly privacy and security, and continues to give workshops in those areas in retirement.

EDUCAUSE Publications

  • Data Protection Primer for Higher Education: Environmental Considerations, Culture, and Practices
    • Briefs, Case Studies, Papers, Reports
    • Author

    This paper defines data protection as “the principles and processes for protecting data from corruption, misapplication, compromise, misuse, and loss.” Data protection leverages evolving technology and emerging practices to focus on how to apply the three critical information security imperatives: confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

  • Supporting Students’ Gender Identity: An IT Perspective
    • Article
    • Author

    This article discusses IT and policy questions to consider in implementing processes within IT systems to support a student’s gender identity, such as preferred name, gender specification, and pronoun.

EDUCAUSE Presentations