Dr. Judy A. Serwatka resides in Valparaiso with her husband, Conrad M. Serwatka. Dr. Serwatka has lived in Northwest Indiana her entire life. She graduated from Andrean High School and attended Purdue Calumet, receiving an AAS degree in Computer Technology in 1971. She started working full time in the computer industry and continued to work on her BS in Computer Technology part-time, getting her degree in 1978. After several job changes, she eventually worked at the former Bethlehem Steel plant in Burns Harbor, IN while pursuing her MS in Management (1983). In 1985, she accepted a position of Assistant Professor at Purdue Calumet. During her time at PUC, Dr. Serwatka also pursued a doctoral degree in Business Education, receiving her EdD from Northern Illinois University in 1993. She worked at PUC until 2002, when she accepted a position at Purdue North Central. Dr. Serwatka is currently a Professor of Management Information Systems (MIS) at PNC.
During her career, Dr. Serwatka has been involved in all areas of computing, from the roles of computer operator, programmer, systems programmer, and systems engineer on mainframe computers, to the programming and management of personal computers, to computer networking for PCs, to her current teaching role in the management side of computers. Along the way she became very involved in distance education, and held the title of Director of Distance Learning at PUC and Director of Learning and Technology at PNC. She was also the MBA Director and Department Chair for the Computer and Information Technology (CIT) Department at PNC. Dr. Serwatka believes that everyone should continue to learn throughout their life, and distance education is one way to achieve that goal.
Judy has received several awards including:
- Named a MERLOT/O’Reilly Fellow, as Editor of the MERLOT Information Technology Editorial Board, 2005
- MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) Volunteer of the Year Award presented by Project MERLOT, July, 2005.
- Distinguished Leadership Award for 2004, awarded by the Network and Systems Professionals Association (NaSPA), February 2005.
- Distinguished Service Award for 2003, awarded by Network and Systems Professionals Association (NaSPA), February 2004.
- Certificate of Recognition, IPSE Awards for Leadership and Innovation, presented by the Indiana Partnership for Statewide Education, 2004.
- Certificate of Recognition for Innovative Teaching in a Distance Education Program, awarded by the Indiana Partnership for Statewide Education (IPSE), 2002.
Dr. Serwatka has published over 50 articles related to distance education and is the author of a textbook titled Business Data Communications; Introductory Concepts and Techniques. She is currently teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in MIS at PNC.
Judy’s most valued Purdue Calumet experience:
“ Purdue Calumet was a perfect fit for me, because I was not prepared to attend a large university. At the time I was there, classes were fairly small, we had a lot of personal interaction with the faculty, and it was a great place to get an education. The computer lab was in the basement of the Gyte building and we typed programs onto punched cards. You could tell a computer student by the box of cards they carried around with them! I look back fondly on my years at Purdue Calumet as a student.”
Judy’s advice for current Purdue Calumet students:
“You can never stop learning. What you learned in college gives you a step into the future, but you might not continue on that path for your entire career. Don’t be afraid to try new things, and remember that your education does not stop when you graduate. You need to continue to learn new things for your entire life!”