Melissa Carlton, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Computer Science
  • Program Coordinator for Computer Science (BS) and Information Systems (BS)


  • PhD in Information Systems and Information Security, College of Engineering and Computing, Nova Southeastern University
  • MS in Library and Information Sciences, Florida State University
  • BS in Computer Science, Kentucky State University

Courses Taught at HBU

  • Introduction to Computer Programming (COSC 1351)
  • Intermediate Computer Programming (COSC 1352)
  • Systems Programming (COSC 2352)
  • Operating Systems (COSC 2353)
  • Security Operations (COSC 4337)

Courses Taught at Florida State University, Panama City (2013-2018)

  • Ethics and Computer Science (CIS3250)
  • Introduction to Computer Security (CIS4360)
  • Spreadsheets for Business (CGS2518)
  • Ethical Issues in Computer Science (CGS4092)
  • Foundations of Information Systems Management (ISM3011)
  • Quantitative Methods for Business (QMB3200)
  • Microcomputer Applications for Business (CGS2100)

Teaching Focus

  • Hands-on project-based learning in computer science and cyber engineering in order to equip students with a foundation of knowledge to apply to their life and workplace.



Research Interests and Publications

  • Hakim, Z., Levy, Y., & Carlton, M. (2019). Business leaders’ resistance to collaborate with law enforcement agencies in protecting their firms from cyber-attacks. Refereed Extended Abstract Proceedings of the KM Conference 2019, Warsaw, Poland, p. 35.
  • Carlton, M., Levy, Y., & Ramim, M. M. (2019). Mitigating cyber attacks through the measurement of non-IT professionals’ cybersecurity skills. Information and Computer Security, 27(1), 101-121.
  • Carlton, M., Levy, Y., & Ramim, M. (2018). Validation of a vignettes-based, hands-on cybersecurity threats situational assessment tool. Online Journal of Applied Knowledge Management (OJAKM), 6(1), p. 107-118.
  • Carlton, M., & Levy, Y. (2017). Cybersecurity skills: Cybersecurity skills: Foundational theory and the cornerstone of advanced persistent threats (APTs) mitigation. Online Journal of Applied Knowledge Management (OJAKM), 5(2), 16-28.
  • Carlton, M., Levy, Y., Ramim, M., & Terrell, S. (2016). Development of the MyCyberSkills™ iPad app: A scenarios-based, hands-on measure of non-IT professionals’ cybersecurity skills. Proceedings of the Tenth Pre-ICIS Workshop on Information Security and Privacy, Ft. Worth, Texas, pp. 1-12.
  • Carlton, M., & Levy, Y. (2015). Expert assessment of the top platform independent cybersecurity skills of non-IT professionals. Proceedings of the 2015 IEEE SoutheastCon, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, pp. 1-6.

Committee Service/Offices Held

  • Academic SACSCOC reviewer (2019, 2020, 2021)
  • Academic SACSCOC writer for Computer Science program (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
  • Academic SACSCOC writer for Information Systems program (2021)
  • Academic SACSCOC writer for Cyber Engineering (2018, 2019)
  • Computer Science Program Coordinator (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
  • Faculty Assembly Executive Committee – Representative (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
  • Academic Technology Advisory Group (ATAG) – Representative (2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Associate Provost Search Committee – College of Engineering Representative (Fall 2018)

Awards and Honors

  • Opal Goolsby Outstanding Teaching award nominee – Houston Baptist University, College of Science and Engineering (2021).
  • Building Engineers and Scientists for Tomorrow Outstanding Faculty Award – Houston Baptist University, College of Science and Engineering (2019).
  • Best Research Idea Award – Knowledge Management 2019 Conference – Warsaw, Poland.
  • Florida State University’s Provost’s 90% List – At least 90% of the students ranked Carlton in the “Excellent or Above Satisfactory” category (2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017).
  • Student of the Year Finalist, Nova Southeastern University – College of Engineering & Computer, Lauderdale, Florida. (April 2016).
  • Outstanding Employee Award, Florida State University, Panama City, Florida (May 2002).
  • President’s Award, Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Kentucky, (April 2000).

Previous Academic/Professional Positions

  • Assistant Teaching Faculty, Florida State University, Panama City, (2013-2018)
  • Associate Director of Contracts & Grants, Florida State University, Panama City, (2012-2017)
  • Assistant Director of Technology, Office of Technology, Florida State University, Panama City, (2006-2012)

Additional Information

  • Program Co-Chair, International Institute for Applied Knowledge Management’s Knowledge Management Conference
  • HBU’s Engineering National Cyber League’s Team Coach (2018-2021)
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB), Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) – Certified in Protection of Human Research Subjects (Expires 03/2025)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), member (2013 – present)
  • Association of Computing Machinery, member (2013 – present)
  • Association for Information Systems (AIS), Special Interest Group – Security (SIGSEC) (2015-present)