Business Analytics and Information Systems
Paul  Lorton Jr

Paul Lorton Jr


Paul Lorton Jr., Professor of Information Systems and Technology, is a highly regarded visionary educator with a truly dynamic range of research interests. These include the use of computers in instruction, industrial changes, the history of commerce, open funding of the opera, and implications of support for the performing arts.

Having earned both his Ph.D. and M.A. in Education Psychology, Professor Lorton fuses his understanding of learning systems with his extensive work in technology. He designs and spearheads popular undergraduate courses in systems analysis, quantitative business analysis and database management. Given his own diverse application of systems knowledge, he hopes students will engage with his teachings in accordance with their own personal interests, helping them achieve synergy, meaning and satisfaction in their academic and professional lives.

In addition to his course work and research initiatives, Professor Lorton finds time for the arts, serving as Property Master of the San Francisco Lyric Opera, managing and performing technical support for major productions such as Carmen, Tosca, and Romeo and Juliet. He also serves as a consultant for the San Francisco Unified School District, advising in the areas of technology use, evaluation and assessment, database management systems. He researches effective school evaluations, electronic paperwork flow and school site processes.

Dr. Lorton regularly presents his research at a number of distinguished academic conferences, including the prestigious AEA Annual Conference in Toronto. He has been with USF since 1973.


Ph.D., Education Psychology, Stanford University, CA, 1973
M.S., Education Psychology, Ohio State University, OH, 1964
B.S., Psychology, University of California Los Angeles, CA, 1961

Courses Offered
  • The following courses represent the last 3 years of teaching and do not represent the current course offerings.


Member, Board of Directors, San Francisco Lyric Opera, 2007 - present

Member, Board of Directors, Pocket Opera, 2009 - present

Web Master, American Evaluation Association, Qualitative Methods TIG, 2009 - present

Consultant, San Francisco Unified School District, 1969 - 2009