David Thornton

Professor of Computer Science
243 Ayers Hall

David Thornton is a Professor with 17 years teaching experience. He developed the game development concentration for computer science majors. In 2014, he was awarded the George Mehaffy Excellence in Learning Technology Award for the creation of multiple web-based gamification tools for use in high school and university curricula, which are in use in over 40 schools in 7 different countries. Dr. Thornton has worked with his colleagues on DoD-NSA funded research, workshops, and games promoting cybersecurity awareness. His tech interests include virtual reality, game development, gamification, multimodal and speech-enabled interfaces, and human-computer interaction.

David Thornton

Courses Taught

Academic/Research Interests

  • Game development
  • Multimodal and speech-enabled interfaces
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Member of Association for Computing Machinery


  • PhD - Auburn University, 2008
  • MS - Jacksonville State University, 2003
  • BS - Jacksonville State University, 2001