Charles DeSassure is a leader in cybersecurity education and implementation. He is a founding faculty of the Tarrant County College Cybersecurity Program and was instrumental in helping Rose State College become the first community college in Oklahoma approved to offer a Bachelor of Applied Technology (BAT) Cybersecurity degree.  

At Rose State College, he is responsible for overseeing the Business and Information Technology (BIT) Division and Professor of Computer Information Technology (CIT) and Cybersecurity.  His career has been successful, spanning community colleges in Texas, Virginia, and Oklahoma. His past work includes being a STEM dean, department chair, Achieve the Dream campus data coordinator, faculty association president, and tenure professor. A collaborative academic leader, he believes students deserve access to and support resources to be successful in higher education. A former South Carolina public school teacher for three years, he served ten years in the private sector as an information technology (IT) professional, providing computer networking and security solutions to clients nationwide. He has had experience as an MIS manager, information and field systems analyst, LAN administrator, and microcomputer specialist/programmer.

DeSassure holds a doctorate in computer science with a specialization in cybersecurity and information assurance from Colorado Technical University, a master's in information and resources management from Webster University, a bachelor's in business administration management from Claflin College (now Claflin University), and an associate's in computer technology from Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College. He also received a graduate certificate in higher education leadership and administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. DeSassure completed the Harvard University Management Development Program (MDP), the National Council on Black American Affairs (NCBAA) Leadership Development Institute, Stanford University Advanced Computer Security Program, North Texas Consortium Leadership and Renewal Academy (CLARA), and the University of Central Oklahoma Educators' Leadership Academy (ELA). He is also a Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP).

He is active in many professional and community organizations and wrote the International Project SEED (Sigma Economic Empowerment Development) initiative, which is part of the Bigger and Better Business Program for Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. The initiative focuses on financial management and homeownership.

Specialization/Teaching/Research Interest
Cybersecurity and Information Assurance
Enterprise security management and infrastructure
Information security risk management
IT organizational and leadership
Secure computer programming
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Dr. DeSassure Promoted to Full Professor of Computer Science, March 2020

Dr. DeSassure Promoted to Full Professor of Computer Science, March 2020

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National Cyberwatch

The 2019 National CyberWatch Innovations in Cybersecurity Education program, is part of the National CyberWatch’s Awards & Recognition program designed to support community colleges cybersecurity programs. Dr. Charles DeSassure submission to the publication is located on page 50. At the community college level, the focus is on teaching and hands-on projects. Dr. DeSassure shared one of his lab assignments for publication. Click the link below or copy and paste the link into a new tab to see the selected lab.

His research interest includes cybersecurity, information assurance, help desk support, data science, and computer literacy.


ISACA is an international professional association focused on IT governance. On its IRS filings, it is known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, although ISACA now goes by its acronym only.

Association of Deans & Directors of University Colleges & Undergraduate Studies (AD&D)

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National Association of Workforce Development Professionals

The largest organization of workforce development professionals.

Association for Career and Technical Education

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Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

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Instructional Technology Council

The Instructional Technology Council, ITC, provides exceptional leadership and professional development to its network of eLearning experts by advocating, collaborating, researching, and sharing exemplary, innovative practices and potential in learning technologies.
  1. “What is Remind.”  Presented at the International Conference on Teaching & Leadership Excellence (NISOD) Conference, Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas, May 27-30, 2016.

  2. “Tarrant County College District’s Proposed New Core Curriculum.”  Presented at the North Texas Community College Consortium (NTCCC) 7th Annual Outcomes & Assessment Conference, Collin College, Spring Creek Campus, Living Legends Conference Center, Plano, TX, October 26, 2012.
  1. “So, You Want To Have Virtual Office Hours?.”  Presented at the Tarrant County College District Academics Day, Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, TX, August 23, 2012.
  1. “Developing a Supportive Educational Community for Students.”  Presented at the  Presented at the International Conference on Teaching & Leadership Excellence (NISOD) Conference, Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas, May 27-30, 2012.
  1. “Developing a Supportive Educational Community for Students in Your Class.”  Presented at the Tarrant County College District Academics Day, Trinity River Campus, Fort Worth, TX, January 9, 2012.

  2. “Implementing Real World-World Problems to Enhance Students Learning.” Presented at the South
       Carolina Association of Educational Technology Annual Conference at the Sheraton Convention  
       Center, Myrtle Beach, SC, November 5-7, 2008.

  1. “Implementing Real-World Problems to Enhance Students Learning.”   Presented at the League for Innovation in Community College 24th Annual International Conference on Information Technology at the Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 19-22, 2008.

  2. “Real World Problems to Enhance Students Learning.” Presented at the International Conference on Teaching & Leadership Excellence (NISOD) Conference, Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas, May 25-28, 2008.
  1. “Implementing Real-World Problems.” Presented at the Microcomputer in Education Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, March 10-12, 2008.
  1. “How to Enhance Students Learning in First-Level Computer Courses.” Presented at the Oklahoma Technology Association Conference, Cox Conference Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, February 5-6, 2008.
  1. “Tarrant County College District iSkill Study.” Presented at the ETS iSkills Assessment National Advisory Committee Conference, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, October 8-9, 2007.

  2. “Student Assessment Workshop.” Facilitator, CONFAB: A Summer Seminar for Community College Leaders, Tanglewood Conference Center, Lake Tacoma, Texas, June 2006.

  3. “ETS: Literacy Instructions and Assessment at Community Colleges:  Experts Discuss Strategies and Solutions.”  Co-Presenter at The League for Innovation's annual Conference on Information Technology (CIT), Charlotte, North Carolina, October 2006.
  1. “Program Assessment and Accountability:  Measuring Student’s Outcomes.” Presented at the Association for Computer Educators in Texas (ACET) 2006 Annual Conference, Tomball College, Tomball, Texas, October 2006.
  1. “Today’s IT Job Market:  How to Better Help Prepare Students.” Presented at the University of North Texas Community College Day 2006 Annual Conference, Dallas, TX, May 2006.

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