MS in Communication and Information Technology

Meet our Faculty

  • Jared Linder began his career during the dotcom boom two decades ago and has been in the information technology field ever since. A life-long enthusiasm for literature and music led him to find a career industry that would prove challenging while allowing him to maximize his creativity. After being told once that “most IT problems are just business problems,” he has made it a personal mission to help to demystify technology for the masses.

    Jared previously taught graduate level business management and information technology regulatory policy classes at Ball State University. He’s also been a frequent speaker and presenter on health information technology at a national level. He lives in Indianapolis, Indiana where he plays guitar as many nights a week as he can.

  • Stephan Jones comes to Alma from the Center for Information and Communication Sciences (CICS) at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., where he served for more than 10 years as director. After graduating from Alma College in 1978, Jones started a business, providing high-end commercial voice and data networks to a broad range of end users. He provided all the engineering and technical support for his organization, which eventually grew to employ more than 20 people and pulled in more than $2 million in revenue annually. However, he sought something more, and after about 16 years of work, sold his share of the firm and went back to school.

    Jones has worked as an educator for more than 24 years. At the Alma College CIT program, he will teach Information Technology Fundamentals, which is a core course designed to introduce

    students to technology and facilitate an understanding of how information is created, stored, and moved across various types of networks.

  • Anna Stumpf has worked as an educator and a leader at the intersection of technology and business for more than 30 years. She comes to Alma College from the Center for Communication and Information Sciences at Ball State University, in Muncie, Ind., where she served as coordinator and professor in the Online Masters in Information and Communication Science program. Stumpf has also served as director of the Anderson (Ind.) University 10-Month M.B.A. Program and director of recruitment for the M.B.A. program at the University of Indianapolis.

    Stumpf currently works as a senior manager at Techpoint, an Indiana-based nonprofit organization that seeks to attract, develop and retain talent in the technology industry. At the Alma College CIT program, she will teach CIT Foundations: Leadership, Profession, and Society, which provides a leadership foundation for the program as well as organizational understanding for managers in tech and tech-enabled organizations.