Professor Jeffrey L. Whitten joined the Computer and Information Technology department in 1979 with primary responsibility to develop a systems analysis and design curriculum. He twice won the James G. Dwyer Award as the best teacher in the School of Technology as selected by its students. Jeff co-authored Systems Analysis and Design Methods. This textbook, now published by Irwin/McGraw-Hill, defragmented its market and has been among the best sellers in the subject through seven editions spanning twenty years. More than 700 schools used the book during that period.
Jeff was named as department chair in 1988 and promoted to Professor in 1989. As department chair, he provided leadership for curriculum diversification and evolution to reflect emerging technologies and paradigm shifts such as client/server computing, telecommunications and networking, and electronic commerce. During that tenure, the department experienced substantial enrollment growth and curriculum diversification. In 2002,
Jeff was named Associate VP for Enterprise Applications in 2002. Reporting to the CIO, Jeff's organization led the development and maintenance of Purdue's core administrative applications. During this time, he also served as chief architect and technical leader for the OnePurdue program to replace most of Purdue's application portfolio with an ERP. That program was completed in the summer of 2008.
In the summer of 2009, Jeff returned to the faculty full time. He is currently teaching the following courses:
* Enterprise Application Architecture
* Packaged Application Software Selection and Implementation
* Business Process Redesign and Organizational Change Management
* Information Technology Service Management
Jeff is also interested in general systems thinking and IT process/service automation.