School of Professional Studies
Ph.D., 1997, Nova Southeastern University
M.C.S, 1985, University of Illinois
B.A., 1978, Olivet Nazarene University
A member of Olivet’s faculty since 1981, Dr. Vail has served as chair since the Department of Computer Science was established in 1989. He has taught a wide variety of courses, but especially enjoys teaching about computer networks, network programming, distributed systems organization and programming.
In addition to teaching and administration, Dr. Vail has worked for City National Bank, Data Management Systems, Western Data Services, First American Data Services, Ideal Computer Systems and Applied Systems, Inc. His job titles and responsibilities have included local area network specialist, programmer analyst, systems analyst and programming manager. He has also consulted on computing projects for local churches, banks, schools, hospitals and businesses.
While on sabbatical leave during the 1998-1999 academic year, he filled the acting department chair position and taught full time at Africa Nazarene University in Nairobi, Kenya. He also enjoyed coaching the first intercollegiate men's basketball team at ANU and received the 1999 UCBL Coach of the Year Award.
During his second sabbatical leave in 2008, he worked as a software engineer at Sycamore US, Inc. in Frederick, Md. He worked on developing a satellite telemetry monitoring system.
Dr. Vail was privileged to be the faculty sponsor for Olivet’s classes of 1988 and 1996. In 2003, he was honored at the ONU commencement ceremony with the Richard M. Jones Award for Teaching Excellence.
A member of Phi Delta Lambda, he has served as president of the Gamma Chapter and was international president from 2001 to 2005. Phi Delta Lambda is the international honor society for graduates of Nazarene colleges and universities.
Dr. Vail is a professional member of the Association for Computing (ACM). In 2005, he was recognized by Who's Who Among America's Teachers.
When not in the office or the classroom, he enjoys running, cycling and his motorcycle. He is also a licensed private pilot and likes to share his love of flying with others.
He and his wife, Pamela, have three sons, one daughter, three grandsons and one granddaughter.