Dr. DAVID A. ABRAHAMS
Dr. David Abrahams is an assistant professor in the Department of Management, Marketing and Public Administration. One of newest members of the Bowie State community, Dr. Abrahams' background is in the fields of program evaluation, information system and business analysis. He is a social research methodologist, as well as a business and systems analyst. His interests are healthcare policy, business development, program evaluation and the design of programs that address social issues. On campus, he teaches Evaluation Research, Qualitative Research Methods, Human Resource Management and Management in a Technological Society.
His last project before joining Bowie State University involved working with a drug delivery company, creating healthcare revenue application models and higher education partnership models. The project goals were to create drug delivery applications through the acquisition of knowledge that improve the overall health and nutrition of infants, children and pregnant women in the rural poor areas of India, Africa and Asia.
Dr. Abrahams research titled, Technology Adoption in Higher Education: "A Framework for Identifying and Prioritizing Issues and Barriers to Adoption," examined the issues and barriers that inhibit faculty from using technology in instruction. The research found that as a higher education institution, in the early adoption phase of the use of instructional technology, approaches its critical mass of faculty users of web-based technology, it must address the issues of the critical mass (ex: perception of technology, technology information, technological support, and faculty time), in order for the mainstream faculty to see the utility in the use of instructional technology in the classroom. The research uses a descriptive mixed methods (quantitative and qualitative) approach to develop a pictorial multivariate conceptual framework for understanding the relationships and inter-relationships between issues and barriers to technology adoption.
He was educated at Cornell University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Human Development, a master's in Human Service Administration and a doctorate in Policy Analysis and Management. In addition, he has received profession certification from Harvard University, IBM and the Chubb Computer School in Information and Business Systems Analysis.
In the workforce, he has a 20-year corporate background rooted in organizational management, analysis, methods and procedures, management information systems, program development and administration. He has worked for the director of research and evaluation for Integrated Life Center, a community-based behavioral healthcare organization, IBM as a marketing representative, Chubb and Sons Insurance as a business analyst, RCA Solid State and GE as worldwide director of information systems and engineering manufacturing systems.
In higher education, he was the Higher Education Opportunity Program and Upward Bound director at Marist College. In addition, he is the recipient of the 2006 Association for Equality and Excellence in Education, Inc. (AEEE) National Achievement Award. Members of the AEEE organization are professionals from the federal TRIO programs and other federal and state-funded opportunity programs. Dr. Abrahams is also a member of the National Honors Society Kappa Omicron Nu Mu Human Science Chapter at Cornell University and a Cornell University Council Board Member.