Recent PhD Graduates
Albert Connie is Associate Professor of Computer Management and Information Systems at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville. She has experience teaching a variety of courses (both face-to-face and online) and conducting research related to such topics as social media and human behavior, and knowledge management. She has programmed SQL and VBA inside of Microsoft Access, and acted as the liaison between physicians and programmers in the development of online databases. Her aim is to leverage her knowledge and expand her skill sets as she continue to research, teach and publish in the information systems and related interdisciplinary domains.
Donald Heath Jr. is a Assistant Professor at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He presented his research at several prestigious conferences like Journal of Information Technology Education, Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), Global Information Technology Management Association Conference (GITMA). He has several years of industry experience and achieved many prestigious awards and honors like Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society (2010), Deans Medal for Academic Excellence (2011), Upsilon Pi Epsilon Honor Society (2014).
Dr. Richelle L. Oakley is an Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems (CIS) in the College of Business Administration (COBA) at Savannah State University. She obtained her Ph.D. from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY). Her research interests include examining the role of information and communication technologies (ICT) in helping organizations achieve social goals that benefit society and examining the impact of emerging technology on human behavior.
Dr. Oakley is actively involved with the PhD Project and the Association for Information Systems (AIS). At Savannah State University, Dr. Oakley has developed initiatives to strengthen student and community engagement with CIS and COBA such as Byte Boost (technology workshops) and Tech Talk & Showcase (student presentations and networking with IT professionals). Dr. Oakley is also an active member of the Global Logistics & International Business Education and Research (G-LIBER) Center. She supports COBA Globe-Without-Borders Business Case Competitions and COBA Research Day.
Dmytro Babik is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics at James Madison University, and a part-time researcher at Johns Hopkins University. Dmytro is also a co-founder and managing partner of Social Learning Solutions / CTASIT. He earned his MSITM from UNCG, MBA from Tulane University, MA in Economics from Charles University in Prague, the Czech Republic, and his undergraduate degree in Management from Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute, Ukraine. Prior to joining UNCG, Dmytro worked for a number of years as a financial and risk analyst at the Credit Agricole Bank in Ukraine.
Steven Wallace is an Assistant Professor in the College of Business and Innovation at the University of Toledo. He received a Ph.D. in Information Systems from UNCG, a master’s in Information Technology Management at UNCG, and a Bachelor’s of Science from North Carolina State University in Electrical Engineering. His research interests include health information technology, information system maturity and virtual teams. He has worked as a software developer in the telecommunications industry.
Jeffrey Wall is an Assistant Professor in the School of Business and Economics at Michigan Technological University. He received a Ph.D. in Information Systems from UNCG, a master’s in Public Administration from Brigham Young University with a minor in Management Information Systems, and a Bachelor’s of Arts from the University of Utah in Speech Communication with an emphasis in Organizational Communication. His research interests include organizational and individual behavior pertaining to compliance and noncompliance. He studies information related behaviors, such as information poaching and information security violations. He has worked as a developer of SAS systems, designing consumer shopping cart systems and an online ERP system for the promotional products industry.
Mitchell Church is a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science at Slippery Rock University, PA. He is a Data analytics researcher specializing in large sets of e-commerce and social network data. Mitchell is interested in answering questions with business relevance for companies that want to better understand social network environments and market products through online social network sites like Pinterest.
Dr. Ravi Thambusamy is an Assistant Professor of Business Information Systems at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He earned his Ph.D. in Information Systems from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His professional work experience is in the fields of information systems management, business applications programming, information systems analysis, and information systems security. Dr. Thambusamy’s teaching experience includes the areas of information systems management, strategic management of information systems, business data analysis/visualization, object-oriented programming, and information systems security. His research interests include health informatics, information security, and business analytics. Dr. Thambusamy has
presented his research at several prestigious conferences including the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), Southwest Decision Sciences Institute (SWDSI) Conference, Global Information Technology Management Association (GITMA) World Conference, Security Conference (SC), and IBM’s International Conference of the Virtual Computing Initiative (ICVCI).
Dr. Tim Jacks is an Assistant Professor of Computer Management & Information Systems at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He earned his Ph.D. in Information Systems from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2012. His current research builds on his dissertation on IT occupational culture and the interaction between culture and strategic IT/Business Alignment. Dr. Jacks has over 18 years of industry experience including IT management positions with Lowe’s Home Improvement, Corning, and Piedmont Health Alliance. Dr. Jacks’ primary teaching areas are Telecommunications, Information Security, IT Hardware & System Software, and Information Systems in Business. He has published in journals such as Decision Support Systems, Communications of the AIS, Business Process Management Journal, Information Technology & Management, and the Journal of Global IT Management, as well as conference proceedings for ICIS, AMCIS, SIGMIS-CPR, and GITMA
Richard Schilhavy is an Assistant Professor of Computing Technology & Information Systems and Business Administration at Guilford College. He currently serves as chair of the Computing Technology & Information Systems department and on Strategic Planning Committee for the college. Richard’s teaching interests and experience include information systems management, web design and development, objected-oriented programming, database systems, systems analysis and design, and systems and application development. Richard’s research interests include electronic commerce, IT ethics and professionalism, web design an usability and civic hacking. His research is published in Decision Support Systems and International Journal of Electronic Commerce (forthcoming), and presented at the Americas Conference on Information Systems and Decision Sciences
Anupam Nath is an assistant professor in the Department of Business Administration at Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City, NC.
Rakesh Babu is now an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Studies (SOIS) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), Wisconsin. His career goal is to empower the blind in the information society. His dissertation developed an accurate and in-depth understanding of accessibility and usability problems in interacting with the Web for academic objectives. Currently, he is working on externally-funded research that tries to develop design principles on Web accessibility and usability, as well as user training on effective non-visual Web interaction. He believes this will help the blind maximize their education outcomes, independent living and career prospects
Sandra A. Vannoy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems in the Walker college of Businesss at Appalachian State University located in Boone, North Carolina. Her research interests lie primarily in the areas of the role of information systems in competitive interaction and social computing. She also published in such journals as Information Systems Research and Communications of the ACM among others, and has presented her research at international conferences including the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), and the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).
Hua Dai is an associate professor in Information Systems Department at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Her research interests include service in electronic mediated environment, electronic commerce, mobile commerce, health care information management, telecommunication policies and standards, privacy and security, and cross-cultural research. Her research has been published or accepted for presentation in Decision Support Systems, Electronic Markets, The DATA BASE for Advances in Information Systems, Journal of Computer Information Systems, Telecommunication Policy, International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), and other academic journals and international conferences.
M. Naveed Baqir is currently an Assistant Professor in Restaurant & Institutional Management, Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware.
Dr. Sherrie Drye Cannoy is an Associate Professor in the Business Education department in the School of Business and Economics at NC A&T State University (Greensboro, NC). She earned four degrees in Information Systems and Business Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, including a PhD in Information Systems. Her research interests are in the social impacts of technology, pedagogy for technology-related classes, academic integrity, health information technology, and education. Her research has been published or accepted for presentation in various journals such as CACM, Journal of Information Privacy and Security, Decision Support Systems, NBEA Yearbook, Business Education Forum, Journal of Applied Research in Business Instruction, and Journal of Business and Education Training.
Fergle D’Aubeterre is an Application Services and Architecture Team Lead with Flint Transfield Services Ltd (FT-SERVICES) in Calgary, Canada. He worked as a manager for DBA services, and currently working as the Director of Application Support and Development at Tervita Corporation. He also played various roles like Technology Analyst at BCBS, as a senior Web Developer at Batanga. His skills mainly includes, Enterprise Architecture, Databases, Business Process and many more. He also presented 4 referred journal publications, 16 conference proceedings, and 2 book chapters.
Vishal Midha is an associate professor in the department of accounting at Illinois State University. His current research interests include OSS development, privacy and security concerns, and individual and organizational level adoption. He has published in journals such as Information Systems Research (ISR), Decision Support Systems (DSS), E-Markets (EM), and Communications of the AIS (CAIS).
Praveen Pinjani is an Associate Professor of Information Systems at Delaware State University, College of Business. He is also the Program Manager for “SAP HBCU Center of Excellence” and Co-Director for “Center for IT Services”, both housed in Delaware State University College of Business. His research interests focus on Global Virtual Teams, Global IT management, and e-commerce. He has published in several leading journals including Information and Management, Decision Support Systems and Communications of the AIS. Professor Pinjani regularly presents papers at several leading IS conferences like AMCIS, DSI and GITMA World Conference.
PhD Student Awards and Accomplishments
2013. Church, M. UNCG Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award.
2012. Albert, C. UNCG Graduate School Summer Research Assistantship.
2012. Oakley, R. UNCG Graduate School Inclusiveness Award.
2012. Wall, J. UNCG Graduate School Summer Research Assistantship.
2011. Babu, R. Mind of the Blind on the Web. US National Science Foundation’s HCC (Human-Centered Computing), PAC (Perception Action Cognition), and REESE (Research Evaluation of Education in Science Engineering) programs.
2011. Jacks, T. Bryan School Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award.
2011. Oakley, R. UNCG Graduate School Inclusiveness Award.
2011. Oakley, R. UNCG Graduate School Summer Research Assistantship.
2011. Oakley, R. KPMG PhD Project Information Systems Doctoral Fellow.
2010. Babu, R. Outstanding Doctoral Research. UNCG Research Magazine.
2010. Baqir, N. 2010 Organizational Leadership Award. Global Information Technology Management Association.
2010. Baqir, N. Local Chair. 2010 Global Information Technology Management Association Conference.
2010. Church, M. UNCG Graduate School Summer Research Grants.
2010. Heath, D. Bryan Fellow.
2010. Heath, D. Deans Medal for Academic Excellence.
2010. Heath, D. Anne Fulton Carter Annual Business Plan Competition.
2010. Nath, A. Bryan School Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award.
2009. Babu, R. UNCG Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award.
2009. Babu, R. Grant of Pak Rupees 300,000. Government of Pakistan.
2009. Babu, R. UNCG Graduate School Summer Research Grant.
2009. Church, M. Beta Gamma Sigma Recipient.
2008. Nath, A. International Student Academic Achievement Award. UNCG International Programs Center.
2008. Schilhavy, R. Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. UNCG.
2007. Baqir, N. Grant of Pak Rupees 250,000. Government of Pakistan.
2007. Nath, A. International Student Academic Achievement Award. UNCG International Programs Center.
2007. Pinjani, P. UNCG Outstanding Graduate Teaching Excellence Award. UNCG ISSCM Department.
2007. Pinjani, P. UNCG ISSCM Department Summer Scholarship.
2007. Pinjani, P. Wachovia Fellowship for Dissertation Research.
2007. Schilhavy, R. Research Grant for “Informational effects of reputation systems in online markets: Exploring identity and information transparency”. UNCG.
2006. Babu, R. Best Paper Award. Southern Association of Information Systems.
2006. Baqir, N. Best Conference Paper Award. International Conference on E-Governance.
2006. Midha, V. Best Paper Award. SAIS.
2006. Pinjani, P. UNCG Graduate School Summer Scholarship.
2005. Midha, V. UNCG Graduate School Summer Grant.
2005. Pinjani, P. UNCG Graduate School Summer Scholarship.
2005. Schilhavy, R. Research Grant for “Framing information technology innovation”. UNCG.
2004. Midha, V. UNCG Graduate School Summer Grant.
2004. Midha, V. Best Paper Nomination. AMCIS.
2004. Pinjani, P. UNCG Graduate School Summer Scholarship.
2004. Pinjani, P. Best Paper Nomination. AMCIS.