Connie (Nelson) Elder, M.A., M.S.

Cuyamaca College
900 Rancho San Diego Parkway
El Cajon, CA 92019
(619) 660-4400



Computer Science, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, 1983.  Thesis: "Embedding SQL in PL/I - Expanding User View Update Capabilities."


Psychology, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, 1977.  Thesis: "Ward Atmosphere Observation System Reliability and Validity."


Psychology, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, 1973.



2007 – Present

Dean, Learning and Technology Resources, Cuyamaca College, Grossmont-Cuyamaca College District, El Cajon, CA. 

·         Library

·         Instructional Technology

·         Tutoring

o   General

o   Supervised


2003 – 2006

Co-Principal Investigator, Institute for Telecommunications Technology, National Science Foundation grant, Cuyamaca College, Grossmont-Cuyamaca College District, El Cajon, CA.  Webpage:


  • Performed project management responsibilities for $883,000 three year grant, including budget management,  personnel hiring and supervision, and annual report generation.
  • Partnered with National Center for Telecommunications Technology to develop industry wide standards and disseminate curriculum nationally.
  • Designed and developed curriculum for college and State of California approval.
  • Assisted in design and implementation of new classroom/lab to support teaching of network cabling, Voice Over Internet Protocol, computer hardware, and electronics.
  • Designed and developed student recruitment and marketing efforts, including 15 minute DVD (available upon request).
  • Established mentoring and internship program for female majors and created Women In Technology student club.
  • Hosted Parent Daughter Career Night with 30 professionals representing a wide variety of non-traditional occupations who provided hands-on “tinkering” opportunities to 300 high school and middle school attendees.

1996 - 1997
1992 - 1993

Interim Associate Dean, Instructional Computing Services, Grossmont College, Grossmont-Cuyamaca College District, El Cajon, CA.

  • Developed a 3-year plan for computer acquisitions, integration, utilization, maintenance, training, and support.
  • Established a faculty advisory committee to facilitate implementation of this plan.
  • Applied principles of shared governance by establishing faculty decision making groups, including a technology budget and planning committee to review departmental requests for technology and to allocate available resources.
  • Assisted and trained faculty in the integration of computer technology into curricula, web page development and in various uses of the Internet.
  • Supervised development effort in the design and implementation of a Computer Aided Instruction "dry" chemistry curriculum.
  • Supervised employees and student tutors in open computer lab.
  • Managed $150,000 annual department budget.
  • Managed $300,000 "block grant" budget for technology purchases campus-wide.
  • Reorganized reporting structure of department and increased staffing levels.
  • Developed job description and search committee for Associate Dean position.

1994 - 1995

Grant Coordinator, Computer Training for the Homeless, JTPA funded Center for the Vocationally Challenged, Grossmont-Cuyamaca College District, El Cajon, CA.

  • Established linkages with San Diego county transitional housing shelters and the Career Development Center, negotiating agreements on service delivery roles while shelter residents were involved in full time training efforts.
  • Developed evaluation of both homeless and physically challenged curricula to identify intermediate and long term predictors of success using multivariate (multiple regression and logistic regression) analyses.
  • Integrated input from the Business Advisory Council to design a new curriculum.
  • Scheduled and staff 12 adjunct faculty, tutors, and lab technicians.
  • Established and coordinated paid externships in the computer industry for all students.
  • Maintained Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for all students
  • Managed $76,000 annual budget.
  • Successfully solicited donation of Microsoft software and academic textbooks.

1979 - 1980

Director, Partial Hospitalization Program, Valley Community Mental Health Center, Morgantown, WV

  • Managed 4 professionals in a day treatment program for psychiatrically and/or physically handicapped adults.


1997 - 2007

Coordinator, Computer & Information Science Department, Cuyamaca College, Grossmont-Cuyamaca College District, El Cajon, CA.

  • Taught Introduction to and Intermediate Java, Introduction to and Intermediate C++, Program Design & Development, Database Management, Excel, MS Office Suite, Internet Fundamentals.
  • Replaced a single generic major with four majors: Computer Network Administration, Web Development, Telecommunications Networking Technology, and Computer Science.
  • Supported the development of Business Office Technology program and gave away the Application Software Specialist major.
  • Designed new curricula and redesigned old curricula to support the new majors.
  • Managed five teaching labs and lab technicians and clerical support personnel.
  • Developed all courses necessary for establishment of a Computer Science transfer degree.
  • Populated a Business Advisory Committee.
  • Coordinated $100,000 Telecommunications & Structured Cabling Grant.
  • Developed a research-based plan for implementing and supporting online teaching college-wide.
  • Coordinated the efforts of seven full time faculty and approximately forty adjunct faculty.
  • Developed and taught two online courses.

1992 - 1995
1989 - 1992

Lead Programming Instructor, Center for the Vocationally Challenged, Grossmont-Cuyamaca College District, El Cajon, CA

  • Taught physically challenged undergraduate students in full range of Computer Science and application courses.  Courses taught include Introduction to Computers, Program Design and Development, Visual Basic, PASCAL, Introduction to and Intermediate C++, Introduction to and Intermediate COBOL, Telecommunications, Microsoft Office Suite, Spreadsheet Packages, Introduction to and Advanced Database Packages, Database Management Systems, Internet, DOS, Windows, and 4361 Operating Systems.
  • Established an orientation course for incoming students.
  • Integrated input from the Business Advisory Council to design new curricula.
  • Experimented with a variety of student support techniques, including: "learning pods", a mentor program involving representatives of the computer industry, pre-testing for basic skill levels and offering supplemental classes for those identified as at risk, implementing weekly staffings to identify students in danger of failing so that tutoring, study skills/time management, or life counseling could be made available, and arranging group study sessions on and off site.
  • Ratings on most recent student evaluation: 3.84/4.0.
  • Ratings on most recent peer and Administrator evaluation: 3.93/4.0.

1985 - 1988

Assistant Professor, Information and Decision Systems Department, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA.

  • Taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Data Communications, Database Management, Comparative Programming Languages, Computer Organization: Hardware and Software, and Introduction to MIS.
  • Rating on student evaluations: median: 4.0/5.0, mean: 3.9/5.0.

1981 - 1983

Instructor, Computer Science, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI.


1987 - 1989

Software Engineer, Computer Associates, San Diego, CA.

  • Developed new enhancements, solved new & old "bugs", and participated in total redesign analysis for CA-SuperCalc's 5.0 release.
  • Developed Lotus 1-2-3 <--> CA-SuperCalc macro translation capability using table-driven parsing techniques.
  • Co-managed the transport of CA-SuperCalc from the IBM environment to the VAX, and the concurrent translation from PL/I to C.

1984 - 1985

Operation Research Analyst, Navy Personnel & Development Center, San Diego, CA

  • Redesigned, optimized, debugged, and evaluated a large PL/I program simulating personnel promotions, demotions, relocations, job changes, retirements, etc. as well as changes in job characteristics both at sea and on shore for the U.S. Navy.

1983 - 1984

Software Engineer, Artificial Intelligence Corporation, Waltham, MA.

  • Transported INTELLECT from the IBM mainframe to microcomputer and minicomputer environments.
  • Developed procedures to test the product in the minicomputer environment.
  • Did all final debugging and testing of the database interfaces for the minicomputer port.
  • Resident SQL interface "expert".


Prior to 1979

  • College teacher to returning adult students in South Central Los Angeles.
  • Researcher of etiology and treatment of schizophrenia at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute.
  • Vocational counselor in a Model Cities program serving primarily Native Americans in Minneapolis, MN.



PC (8086 through Pentium IV), IBM 4362, IBM 3081, IBM 360/370, IBM AMDAL, VAX, PRIME, WANG 45, CYBER 170/750.

Operating Systems:

Windows 9x, 2000, XP, Novell, MS DOS, VM CMS, OS/MVS, VAX/VMS, PRIMOS, NOS.


FrontPage, WebCT, BlackBoard, numerous Windows and PC-based database (e.g. Access, FoxPro, dBase, Paradox), spreadsheet (e.g. Excel, Lotus 1-2-3, SuperCalc), and word processing (e.g. Word, Word Perfect) packages, CMS, SQL DBMS, OS JCL, FOCUS DBMS, ISPF/PDF, REXX .


Java, C++, Visual C++, Visual Basic, PL/I, FORTRAN, COBOL, PASCAL, BASIC, 1BM 370 Assembler, HTML.


  • Co-chair Instructional Technology Committee, Cuyamaca College
  • Chair Online Education Committee, Cuyamaca College
  • Chair Technology Plan Committee, Cuyamaca College
  • Academic Master Plan Committee, Cuyamaca College
  • President's Innovation and Planning Council, Cuyamaca College
  • Budget Committee, Cuyamaca and Grossmont Colleges
  • District Strategic Planning and Budget Council
  • District Vision Committee
  • College Long Range Planning Committee, Grossmont College
  • Room Utilization Committee, Grossmont College
  • Budget & Planning Task Force, Grossmont College
  • Co-chair Instructional Computing Committee, Grossmont College
  • Business Advisory Councils, Cuyamaca and Grossmont College


  • Wallace, C.J., Nelson(Elder), C., Libermann, R.P., Aitchison, R., Lukoff, D., Elder, J., & Ferris, C. "A Review and Critique of Social Skills Training with Schizophrenics," Schizophrenia Bulletin, Vol. 6, 1978.
  • Nelson (Elder), C.  Glossary of Behavioral Terms.  In R.P. Liberman (Ed.): The Psychiatric Clinics of North America, Vol. 1, No.2 Philiadelphia: W.B. Sandners Company, August, 1978.