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Faculty Spotlight: Matthew Carter

Released by Panhandle State Campus Communications on 04/02/2019 Matthew Carter —Photo by Chris Urias Matthew Carter —Photo by Chris Urias

Goodwell, Okla. — Industrial Technology (INDT) Chair and Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems (CIS), Matthew Carter has worked at Panhandle State for 24 years.

Originally from Monahans, Texas, Carter attended Angelo State University before earning a bachelor’s degree in English in 1988 and another bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems in 1990, both from Panhandle State. In 1993 Carter completed a master’s degree in Instructional Technology from Texas Tech University.

Prior to teaching, Carter worked for DacEasy Accounting Software Company in Dallas and for various certified public accountants.

Carter originally started teaching as an adjunct instructor. “After I taught my first class, I decided that was the job I wanted to do for the rest of my life.” The people (including students, faculty, and staff) are his favorite thing about the University.

Carter teaches anywhere from five to six classes a semester and he has taught a variety of core CIS courses as well as numerous video and graphic classes over the years. This year he is team-teaching a plasma cutting class that is being offered for the very first time. In addition to teaching, he also serves as an adviser.

Over his years as a CIS instructor, Carter has been helpful in assisting with the implementation of new courses including Java, HTML, Advanced Web Design, Operating Systems and various other courses. The CIS department focuses on teaching students how to learn, in addition to learning specific programs, in an effort to stay current with ever-changing technology.

Carter commented, “We are a strong program, because we keep up with current technologies.”

He has served as the INDT chair for a year and a half. With the addition of a welding certification program, the program has seen growth and Carter was a great fit to keep up the administrative demands of keeping certifications current amongst different parts of the INDT program.

His future goals include “to continue changing people’s lives in a positive way.”
Dean of Technology Davin Winger commented, “Matt Carter is a blessing to work with. He cares about students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the surrounding community. He likes to stay behind the scenes, but he is always involved in making things successful at the University. He is a graduate of Panhandle State, and is a proud supporter of the Panhandle ‘P’.”

As for hobbies, he refers to himself as a “hobby junkie!” He enjoys playing guitar and fiddle as well as woodworking, ceramics, leatherworking, soap making, cooking, video, computers, photography, RC airplanes, metalworking and painting. “I literally have dozens and dozens of things I do to keep my mind and hands busy.”

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