Instruction Team



Dr. Henry L. Jones II

Adjunct Faculty (Computer Science & Information Technology), Serial Entrepreneur

Henry Jones has over two decades of experience in product commercialization, development of electromechanical systems, and software architecture and design. A serial entrepreneur, his most recent company was Kopis Mobile, an Inc 500 company and the fastest growing technology company in Mississippi.  He was the Director of the Center for Battlefield Innovation at Mississippi State University, and in that role served as the Chief Technology Officer for Mav6, a research and development services firm for the U.S. military. 

Dr. Jones has built new products for customers in the financial services, electric utility, forest products, hunting, humanitarian relief, and government services markets.  He has assembled multiple teams of experts in most types of software development including mobile, embedded, desktop and server software. He has a Ph.D. and M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mississippi.


Dr. Joshua B. Hill

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, and Security

Joshua Hill is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at The University of Southern Mississippi and a Fellow at the Office of Global Perspectives and Metropolitan Center at the University of Central Florida. He teaches courses in terrorism, homeland security, and criminal justice, particularly focusing on politics and theory within each of these areas. His research interests range widely, from criminal justice to cybercrime, with a particular emphasis on the social and political implications of crime and criminal justice.  

Dr. Hill previously worked for the Institute for the Study of Violent Groups as a lead analyst. In addition to his current faculty role at the University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. Hill serves as the Master’s Coordinator for the School of Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, and Security. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in International Relations, a Master’s of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Sam Houston State University, and a PhD in Criminal Justice, also from Sam Houston State University. He is the co-author of Homeland Security in America with Nancy Marion and Introduction to Cybercrime, as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters.


James B. Wilcox

Professor of Practice, School of Management Director, The Hatchery

James Wilcox is a native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and has served as the Director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education since 2011. In addition to his statewide focus on equipping K-12 educators in the subject areas of entrepreneurship, economics, and financial literacy, he is particularly recognized for his work co-developing and championing the Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP).

Through the SEP, Wilcox annually engages 500+ Mississippi high school students in economic and financial education through real-world business development experiences. He holds an M.S. in Economic Development and a B.S. in International Business, both from The University of Southern Mississippi.

Katie Anthony

Dr. Katie Anthony

Associate Professor

Dr. Katie Anthony is an Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Speech Communication. She earned both her MA and PhD from the University of Kentucky before returning to her alma mater as a faculty member. She also serves as the Graduate Director for the School of Communication. 

Her research interests are in Medical Decision-Making and Public Health Risk Communication. Dr. Anthony joined the DS4D instruction team in Spring of 2021, bringing with her expertise in public speaking, effective communication strategies, and interview skills, all essential components to the rigorous course.