Regional Director, Industry Engagement
Greater Sacramento Region
Markus Geissler, PhD currently serves as the Regional Director, Industry Engagement for
Information Communication Technologies and Digital Media (ICT/DM) for the Greater
Sacramento Region where he coordinates regional efforts, including the development of
educational pathways and education-industry partnerships, on behalf of the California
Community Colleges to help build the number of qualified professionals in the ICT and DM
Having served the students of Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, CA as a Professor of
Computer Information Science since 1998, Dr. Geissler continues to enjoy teaching transfer-oriented and career education courses in Information Technology. He enjoys creating educational media to enhance student learning in his courses.
Since 2014 Dr. Geissler has served as the chair of the statewide C-ID Information
Systems/Information Technology Faculty Discipline Review Group, and in that capacity he
coauthored the Information Technology Model Curriculum (IT MC) for California Community Colleges which is being adopted at many colleges throughout the state. In 2017 he was appointed to serve on the Association for Computing Machinery’s Committee for Computing Education in Community Colleges (ACM CCECC) which develops curriculum guidance and fosters interest in the Computing disciplines.
Dr. Geissler earned his Ph.D. in Organization and Management (e-Business specialization) from Capella University, M.B.A. and B.S. degrees in Business Administration (Management
Information Systems concentration) from California State University, Sacramento, and an A.S. degree in French and Spanish from De Anza College. His research interests include curriculum development, human-computer interaction, and the impact of culture on ICT adoption, and he regularly authors and co-authors publications in these fields.
Dr. Geissler also serves his community at large as the president of the Sacramento Turn Verein’s Alpentänzer Schuhplattler which perform traditional Bavarian and Austrian folk dances throughout Northern California. He plays several musical instruments, including the accordion and the alphorn. He enjoys frequent international travel, speaks several languages, and enjoys learning about different cultures.