East Peoria, Illinois
"Through proper use of digital technology, we can help students change their lives."
Mark DuBois has been teaching courses in web systems and security at Illinois Central College since 1999. He previously worked in business, industry, and state government. DuBois has been working with web technologies since 1992 and creating commercial websites since 1995. He decided it was time to give something back to his local community and share his passion through teaching at ICC. He created the first accredited associate's degree in web systems along with five separate certificate programs (web designer, web developer, webmaster, e-commerce, and rich Internet applications developer). DuBois also serves as the director of education for the World Organization of Webmasters (WOW).
DuBois holds numerous certifications in web design and development, some dating back to the late 1990s (such as Novell Web Designer). He presently holds professional certifications as web designer, web developer, and webmaster. He was honored as WOW Distinguished Web Professional of the Year (2004) and Web Professional Hall of Fame (2006). He has been advisor to the Central Illinois Chapter of WOW since 2001 and is in the process of forming a Central Illinois Adobe User Group. He has been working with a number of organizations over the past few years to establish national web curriculum guidelines, including a career pathway for aspiring web professionals. Whenever possible, he tries to incorporate business examples and problems into his teaching (as well as a fair dose of humor). He teaches numerous courses in web systems with a focus on web standards, accessibility, and security. In many courses he incorporates Adobe software, such as Adobe® Flash® Professional, Dreamweaver®, Photoshop®, and Fireworks®.
While in college, DuBois focused his education in the area of entomology. He holds a master's degree from the University of Kansas and a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona. He has generated nearly 60 publications on various aspects of entomology and has named several new species of ants (and has a species of butterfly named after him).