Computer Science Department

Faculty

Tim BairdTim Baird, Chairman
Professor of Computer Science
Ph.D., Missouri University of Science and Technology

501-279-4570
tbaird@harding.edu

About Dr. Baird

Dr. Baird has served as the department’s Chair for more than 25 years. His primary research interests are in Databases and Machine Learning, and he regularly teaches courses on Databases, Artificial Intelligence, and Software Engineering. Dr. Baird is a long-time member of the ACM and has served on numerous Harding committees including the Faculty Leadership Council and Liberal Arts Curriculum Committee. For two decades, he built and maintained all the software for the Arkansas Dairy Cooperative. Dr. Baird is a 2014 recipient of the university’s Teacher Achievement Award.

Tim and his wife Debbie have three adult children and are members of the Cloverdale Church of Christ, where they teach Bible classes and lead a small group. In his spare time, Tim enjoys training and riding horses and learning Spanish.

Haley  Fields

Haley Fields
Instructor of Math and Computer Science
M.S., University of Wisconsin – Madison

hrfields@harding.edu

About Mrs. Fields

Mrs. Fields, the newest member of Harding’s CS Department, is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she served as the TA for Discrete Mathematics and Introduction to Algorithms. Her general interests are in computational complexity and pseudorandom number generation. While an undergraduate student at Harding, Mrs. Fields spent much of her time tutoring local high school students. Mrs. Fields has always known she wanted to teach and is excited to be starting her career as an instructor at Harding.

Hailey and her husband Jon-Michael worship at the Cloverdale Church of Christ. In her spare time, Hailey enjoys baking and playing board games.

Gabriel FoustGabriel Foust
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Ph.D., Texas A&M University at College Station

501-279-4434
gfoust@harding.edu

About Dr. Foust

Dr. Foust has been teaching CS at Harding since 2004. He has also worked as a software developer for IBM, Servergraph, and the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Foust is interested in Programming Language Design and Implementation, and he teaches courses in Object-Oriented Programming, Functional and Generic Programming, Algorithms, and Parallel Programming. He is also the coach of the Harding University Programming Team, which regularly competes with other schools in programming competitions.

Gabriel and his wife Shannon have four children and are members of the Downtown Church of Christ. He enjoys hiking, biking, and playing board games with his kids, and has been known to appear in plays at the Searcy Summer Dinner Theater.

 Frank McCownFrank McCown
Assoc Professor of Computer Science
Ph.D., Old Dominion University

501-279-4826
fmccown@harding.edu

About Dr. McCown

Dr. McCown has taught in the CS department since 1997. Over the years, Dr. McCown has worked as a researcher or software developer at several organizations including Lockheed Martin, Los Alamos National Laboratories, Flatirons Solutions, and Faithlife. He has published dozens of research papers in the areas of digital preservation and web archiving. Most recently, he has authored or co-authored textbooks on Web Programming, Mobile Application Development, and Database Management Systems. Dr. McCown has won the university's Teacher Achievement Award twice.

Frank and his wife Becky have two children. Frank serves as a deacon at the Cloverdale Church of Christ and also volunteers for CASA helping foster children. He enjoys basketball and lifting weights in his spare time.

Scott RagsdaleScott Ragsdale
Assoc Professor of Computer Science
Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University

501-279-4482
ragsdale@harding.edu

About Dr. Ragsdale

After working two years as a programmer for Delta Airlines, Dr. Ragsdale joined the Harding CS Department in 1984. Dr. Ragsdale’s dissertation was entitled "Pursuing and Completing an Undergraduate Computing Degree from a Female Perspective: A Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis." Dr. Ragsdale teaches a variety of courses including Introductory Programming, Data Structures, File Structures, Operating Systems, Object-Oriented Programming, Computer Security, and the popular CS Capstone course. He has won the university’s Teacher Achievement Award twice. In addition to his teaching, Scott served as an assistant football coach (24 years) and head golf coach (3 years) in the Bison athletic department.

Scott and his wife Janis have two adult children. Scott serves as an elder at the West Side Church of Christ and loves playing golf in his spare time.

Dana SteilDana Steil
Assoc Professor of Computer Science
Assistant Provost
Ph.D., University of Alabama

501-279-4340
dsteil@harding.edu

About Dr. Steil

Dr. Steil is an Associate Professor of Computer Science, Assistant Provost, and Director of Institutional Research. For more than 20 years, he’s been working in student success, either as an administrator, data analyst, liaison between faculty and the Provost, or a classroom professor. Whether teaching, mentoring students in software development, or leading research grants tied to approximately $1M in the Criminal Justice and Traffic Safety fields, he’s motivated by his love for students and confidence in their impact in society and the Lord’s kingdom. As Assistant Provost, Dr. Steil contributes to most academic projects at Harding and manages students in institutional research projects. Dr. Steil has won the university’s Teacher Achievement Award twice.

Dana and his wife Mandy have four children and are members of the Downtown Church of Christ. Dana enjoys woodworking, hiking, running, and other outdoor activities. The family serves as foster parents and hosts their church small group.