Come to Grand Rapids Community College and learn from the best. Svetoslav Pavlov, Ph.D. is teaching future network and systems engineers, database specialists, IT managers, software developers and more in the Computer Information Systems Department at GRCC.
CIS students at GRCC can explore a wide range of majors and tracks, and are in high demand in today’s global workforce. But Pavlov knows the strength of the program also lies in its supportive and dedicated faculty – a group he is proud to be a part of.
Pavlov’s professional and academic career gives him the broad range of insight and experience that enriches the learning experience of his students. And the diversity of the student body energizes him to stay responsive to all students. Whether they are online, in person or hybrid, he is connecting with students where they are physically and academically.
Pavlov believes teaching through the pandemic made instructors more flexible and available.
“It makes it easier to reply to the students’ email messages promptly because I do not have to wait until I am done teaching a different class in the classroom,” he said.
Despite his accomplishments, Pavlov wishes he had begun teaching at GRCC earlier in his career.
His passion for both technology and art have stuck with him. For inspiration at work and in life, Pavlov looks to several people.
“My favorite IT professional is Linus Torvalds because of his enormous contribution to the open-source movement,” he said. “My favorite artist is Vincent van Gogh because of the unique radiance in his paintings, and my favorite actor is Tom Hanks because of the immensely diverse range of his work and career.”
Pavlov holds a Bachelor of Arts in Russian Language and Literature from Latvijas Universitate, a Master of Business Administration in Accounting from Davenport University, a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems from Grand Valley State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Russian Language & Literature from Michigan State University.
You will find Pavlov teaching Introduction to Computer Information Systems, Java Programming I, Microcomputer Operating Systems, Microsoft Access Database I, Database Design and Development, Introduction to Networks, Principles of Info Security, Java Programming II, Computer Servicing I / A+ Hardware, and Computer Servicing II / A+ Software.