Central Penn College - Harve Tannenbaum

Central Penn College


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Harve Tannenbaum, M.L.S.
Associate Professor, Information Technology, Chair of Information Technology

Academic Bio

Harve Tannenbaum is an IT professor in the school of professional studies. Prior to teaching at Central Penn College, Professor Tannenbaum was a library director, a product manager for a software company and a strategic analyst for a IT consulting firm.

Personal Bio

Professor Tannenbaum dropped out of college and enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard where he spent two years in Hawaii and two years on an ice breaker in Lake Michigan. After leaving the military, Professor Tannenbaum returned to school earning an undergraduate degree in education and a master's in library science. He is currently working on his doctorate and expects to finish his dissertation in 2015.

Professor Tannenbaum and his wife have two children who are grown and on their own. Daughter and son-in-law live in Connecticut, and son and daughter-in-law live in Harrisburg.

Teaching Pilosophy

Greek philosopher Socrates once said “I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.” My role as a professor is select, organize and present information that encourages students to think. There is no one approach that has meaning for every student under any circumstances. Every student has their own style and learning process. That is why it is important to present the information in a number of different ways and engage students to get their feedback about what does and does not work. I am a big believer in the importance of learning the fundamentals because they are the basis for learning more complex ideas. One of my favorite things to hear from students is when they tell me that they finally understand why certain things work they way they do.


  • Bachelor of Science in Education - Clarion University -'76
  • Masters of Library Science - University of Pittsburgh - '89
  • Doctor of Business Administration Information Technology - Northcentral University (expected date of graduation: 2016)


  • Microcomputer Systems
  • Structured Programming
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Networking I
  • Networking II
  • Network Management
  • Data Modeling Foundations
  • SQL Fundamentals
  • Linux
  • Virtualization
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Operating Systems
  • Firewalls and Intrusion Detection
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Pen Testing
  • Hacking Defenses