Professor Rhodes came to Juniata in 1980 with a B.S. and M.S. in computer science and later went on to complete his Ph.D. in 1991 from The Pennsylvania State University also in computer science. He held assistantships at Penn State in both the College of Science and the College of Education and was a member of the Upsilon Pi Epsilon honor society of computer science.
His interests include parallel programming computer architecture, VLSI CAD systems, databases, visualization, data mining, programming languages and paradigms, and digital audio production.
Dr. Rhodes received Juniata's Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1987 and the Beachley Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2008. He is a member of the Sigma Iota Rho National Honor Society for International Studies, Omnicon Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, and is a member of the Association of Computing Machinery. He is currently serving as endowed chair of the Information Technology and Computer Science Department and has served on a number of Juniata standing committees, curriculum review and Middle States Study committees.
Dr. Rhodes regularly teaches short courses at Fachhochschuler Muenster University of Applied Sciences, Steinfurt, Germany, and taught a course at University of Electronic Sciences and Technology of China (UESTC) in Chengdu, Sichuan Province in June 2013.
Dr. Rhodes spent time consulting with a start-up company, Avail Technologies, Inc., helping to design intelligent transportation tracking systems based on GPS and web technologies. He has served on external review teams for computer science programs at Washington and Jefferson College and Western New England College.
In the community, Dr. Rhodes has served as a member of the Camp Blue Diamond Board of Directors and Stone Church Leadership Team. He and his wife, Rev. Donna McKee Rhodes '84, have three grown children; he enjoys traveling, music, piano, organ and choral ensembles and currently serves as organist and choir accompanist at Stone Church and as a substitute college organist.