Professors Martin and Sclarow join the MIS department

Martin and SclarowAssistant Professor of Practice, Marie-Christine Martin and Assistant Professor of Practice, Steven E. Sclarow joined the Fox School’s Department of Management Information Systems in January 2017.

Prior to Temple, Professor Martin was a Technology and Services executive with 20+ years of experience working at three of the largest global IT providers, while Professor Sclarow, has 20+ years of experience in the Architectural Design and Construction Industry.

MIS capstone presentations reach new heights of excellence

My Di TeamThe fall 2016 Fox Management Information Systems Capstone Showcase featured teams of seniors who presented their final projects to a judging panel of industry mentors and faculty. My.Di, a tool for monitoring digital identity, was selected as the winner, and the team of Kimberly Eastlake, Mia Jardine, Noah Mercado, Ryan Pace, and Nodir Zakhidov will receive a $500 award. My.Di was mentored by Sondra Barbour, the inaugural recipient of the Fox IT award for distinguished alumni, and the team was composed of students from Professor Schuff’s course.

Overall, according to Bruce Fadem, Fox IT advisory board chair, the projects were “the best I have ever seen.” The fall 2016 teams across the two courses taught by Professors Schuff and Mandviwalla are:

The teams were mentored by Bruce Fadem, Sondra Barbour, Ben Hasan, Jeff Hamilton, Dale Danilewitz, Sunil Misra, and Andrea Anania, who are all partners of the Institute for Business and Information Technology (IBIT) and participated through the IBIT Mentoring Program

Professor Doyle receives Fox School Musser award

Mart DoyleProfessor Martin Doyle received the 2016 Fox School Musser Excellence in Leadership Award for Faculty Service. The award was presented at the 20th annual Musser Award reception and dinner Nov. 16, 2016, in Mitten Hall, on Temple University’s Main Campus.

Professor Doyle was recognized for his leadership and service to the Department of Management Information Systems, especially in managing the nationally ranked BBA in MIS and for leading the effort to add more rigor to the MIS curriculum. The Musser Award for Faculty Service is presented annually to one person among all the faculty at the Fox School of Business.


Professors Wattal and Greenwood receive fellowships

Professors Sunil Wattal and Brad Greenwood received prestigious named research fellowships at the Fox School’s Eighteenth Annual Research Roundtable and Teaching Awards on November 9th, 2016. These fellowships are only awarded to the top researchers in the school. In addition, a number of MIS faculty and doctoral students were also honored with research and teaching awards.

Richard J. Fox Research Fellow
Dr. Brad Greenwood

Irwin Gross Senior Research Fellow
Dr. Sunil Wattal


  • Dean’s Research Honor Roll
    Dr. Paul Pavlou
    Dr. Xueming Luo
  • Top 10 “Highly Cited” Faculty Members
    Dr. Angelika Dimoka
    Dr. Xueming Luo
    Dr. Paul Pavlou
    Dr. Detmar Straub
  • High Achievements in Sponsored Projects
    Dr. Angelika Dimoka
    Dr. Paul Pavlou
  • High Achievements in SSRN
    Dr. Brad Greenwood
    Dr. Xueming Luo
    Dr. Paul Pavlou
    Dr. Sunil Wattal

Doctoral Research Competition

    First Place: Xue Guo
    First Place: Aaron Cheng
    First Place: Kartik Ganju
    Honorable Mention: Sungyong Um


  • Dr. Richard Flanagan
    MS Program in ITACS Professor of the Year Award
  • Prof. Wade Mackey
    MIS Part-Time Faculty Teaching Award
  • Dr. David Schuff
    MIS Full-Time Faculty Teaching Award
  • 2016 Departmental Adjunct Teaching Award for Excellence in the Classroom
    Prof. David McGettigan

Top 15th for the fifth year in a row!

BBA MIS Top 15

For the fifth year in a row, the Fox School’s Department of Management Information Systems (MIS) Bachelor of Business Administration major in Management Information Systems (BBA MIS) made the US News and World Report Undergraduate Business Specialties national ranking. In the 2017 ranking, which is based on data from 2016, Temple MIS was ranked 14th in the United States. Also for the fifth year in a row, the BBA MIS is the only ranked MIS program among public university’s in the region. 

The top 15 undergraduate ranking follows the top 15 ranking of the Fox MIS graduate programs by US News and World Report for 2017 including the MS in Information Technology Auditing and Cyber-Security (ITACS), and MS Digital Innovation in Marketing. The program rankings follow the No. 1 in the world research ranking of MIS faculty in 2016.

The Fox BBA in MIS is a STEM major that produces digital business innovators and has achieved 100% placement for the last five years. Students in the program learn and continuously develop their professional skills on a proprietary platform.

Top 15th for the fifth year in a row!

Advisory board member endows $100,000 scholarship

Andrea and Jim StewartAndrea Anania, who retired from CIGNA as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer ten years ago, only had one option for her undergraduate degree: the City of New York system because it was free. Her parents simply lacked the funds to support her.

In honor of that formative experience, she and her husband, James G. Stewart, decided to endow a $50,000 scholarship for one student in the MIS program each year (matched by the Fox School for a total endowment of $100,000), beginning fall 2017. Anania, who went on to have a successful career in information technology, and her husband believe very strongly in the value of an education.

“I had to work my entire way through college, and I hope this scholarship relieves some financial pressure for the recipients so they can focus on their studies,” said Anania, who ended up receiving an excellent free undergraduate education from the City of New York system. “In addition, it would be wonderful if it also helped some students make the decision to come to Temple rather than go elsewhere.”

As a Fox IT advisory board member, Anania feels particularly passionate about the Management Information Systems program at Temple because she has seen it blossom under the leadership of Munir Mandviwalla, Ph.D., who has created vibrant partnerships with industry to help shape the program’s curriculum, provide input into research topics, and educate a pool of qualified candidates.

Mandviwalla has also used the program’s advisory board to remain responsive to changing demands in the marketplace, enhancing the curriculum’s focus on software development and project management. Anania noted she feels that the students coming out of Temple’s program are highly qualified to enter the workforce.

“I have formed a deep relationship with Temple over the years and wanted to continue to strengthen the field where I had a very meaningful and challenging career,” said Anania, explaining why she chose to endow the scholarship at Temple.

Particularly, Anania and Stewart are interested in helping smart students with good work ethics succeed.

“Temple attracts that type of student,” she said. “It is tremendously gratifying to know this scholarship could help diligent, intelligent students who only need some financial assistance to make their dreams come true.” 

– Elizabeth Hillaker Downs

Fox MIS continues No. 1 in the world ranking for research productivity

FOX MIS Research No. 1 2016The research output of the Temple University Fox School Management Information Systems (MIS) Department continued to be ranked No. 1 in the world in the 2015 update of the rankings based on Association for Information Systems’ (AIS) List of High-quality Journals, specifically Management Information Systems Quarterly (MISQ) and Information Systems Research (ISR) for the 2013-2015 period. See http:/, My Vision Research. The 2015 update was released in late spring 2016.

Temple MIS tied for the number 1 spot with City University of Hong Kong and The University of Texas at Dallas. The analysis focused on Management Information Systems Quarterly (MISQ) and Information Systems Research (ISR), which are the acknowledged top two ‘A’ journals in the field.

Fox MIS also achieved the number 1 rank in 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2010 (third in 2011).

Fox IT awards 2016

Fox IT awards 2016

513 attendees are expected at 16th annual Fox IT awards on Tuesday April 16, 2016, beating the 2015 record of 435. The awards will recognize Linda Dillman, CIO, QVC, Robert Moore, Co-founder, RJMetrics, and Rich Brennen, Partner, Spencer Stuart. In addition, the most accomplished members of the 1000+ MIS community of 900+ students, 22 full-time faculty and administrators, 33 adjuncts, 14 Fox IT advisory board, 13 ITACS and 15 DIM advisory council members will be honored:

  • Student Leadership Award: Ciara Murphy
  • Professional and Academic Achievement Award (Senior): Artemid Leskaj, Julia Knable
  • Professional and Academic Achievement Award (Junior): Samantha Talarico, David Yastremsky
  • Professional and Academic Achievement Award (Sophomore): Matt Oberst, Ari Abramson
  • Professional and Academic Achievement Award (Freshman): Drew Holt, Kellen O’Connor
  • AIS Outstanding Officer: Rhea Prabhu
  • AIS Outstanding Member: Bridget Silk
  • Faculty Teaching Award (full-time): David Schuff
  • Faculty Teaching Award (part-time): Wade Mackey
  • MIS Researcher of the Year: Brad Greenwood
  • Faculty Leadership Award: Jeremy Shafer
  • Administrative Leadership Award: Jackie Van Orden

Click here to learn how the awardees are selected. The following scholarships are to be awarded:

  • Niraj And Cara Patel Scholarship: Jacquelyn Kausch
  • IBIT Alexion Scholarship: Ian Usher
  • IBIT AmerisourceBergen Scholarship: Nicole Bilder
  • IBIT Campbell Soup Company Scholarship: Zoe Weiner
  • IBIT Emtec Scholarship: Prince Patel
  • IBIT LiquidHub Scholarship: Ngoc -Tran Tran
  • IBIT Lockheed Martin Scholarship: Kyle Haberman
  • IBIT Merck Scholarship: Ngoc Pham
  • IBIT NBCUniversal Scholarship: Matthew Funk
  • IBIT Pfizer Scholarship: Gabrielle Finley
  • IBIT QVC Scholarship: Kasey Brown
  • IBIT Walmart Scholarship: Emily Jaques
  • Fox IT Advisory Board Scholarship: Quyt to Thi Van

The $100,000 James and Andrea Stewart scholarship will be announced. Endowed by Andrea Stewart, retired CIO, Cigna, and 2003 Fox IT award leader, and member of the Fox IT advisory board. Alexion, AmerisourceBergen, Emtec, and Pfizer will be welcomed as new IBIT members as the community celebrates the Top 15 (for the first time) US News and World Report ranking of graduate programs!

Murphy garners 2016 MIS Student Leadership Award

ciara murphyCiara Murphy doesn’t give up easily — especially when it comes to helping others.

As she wound her way through five different majors — education, then special education, journalism, photojournalism, and marketing — finally landing in MIS, she knew she wanted that perfect fit that combined her desire to help people with an intellectually stimulating career.

It’s this stick-to-itveness, and the success that has followed, that helped garner Murphy, the vice president of operations for Association for Information Systems, the 2016 MIS Student Leadership Award.

“It’s an extremely competitive group of students this year due to the quality of the candidates,” said Jeremy Shafer, assistant professor of Management Information Systems. “However, Ciara is well deserving of the award, since she has demonstrated a willingness to take on challenging tasks, such as Hootathon and other successful fundraising efforts.”

In fact, Murphy’s determination shone throughout her efforts for Hootathon, a fundraising event for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, as she led her team in a series of diverse fundraising efforts, such as canning at football games and running a kickball tournament. Ultimately, her team raised the most funds of any group at Temple University, to the tune of more than $7,600.

What drives Murphy through all of this is a desire to give back and help others, since she sees herself as the beneficiary of that type of generosity growing up in Boston, Mass.

“I was practically raised in the Boys and Girls Club, from my school work to my swim team,” Murphy said. “It has always been really important to me to give back to people, because they’ve given to me.”

This pay-it-forward commitment is reflected not only in her role as a TA for the introductory course for MIS majors, where she guides many students through the intellectual and emotional challenges of navigating their way to a major, but also in her role with AIS, where she coordinated fundraising events, such as the aforementioned Hootathon, and social events for the group.

Murphy sees the social events for AIS as more than just a time to have fun and bond; in her mind, these events are helping her fellow MIS students gain important soft skills, such as empathy and networking, that are crucial for future success.

“I think it’s important to create that sense of community within an organization,” said Murphy, noting that the organization’s members typically only meet twice a week to hear invited speakers. “Ten years down the road, we are going to be in positions all over the country, and these social events will catalyze our future network. I think that’s invaluable for your future in this field.”

Murphy, who had an internship at JP Morgan and Chase, plans to continue to focus on ways she can help others with her job at Cigna, where she will help develop ways to use technology to incentivize people to improve their health.

“I really enjoy being able to understand and engage in meaningful ways with both IT and the business side of things,” said Murphy, who feels the MIS program equipped her with the determination and skill set to solve problems creatively and act as an effective liaison. “I guess that’s really just a theme for me.”

The MIS program has left her feeling well prepared for the next step of her journey, as an endpoint asset management analyst for Cigna’s Technology Early Career Development Program, and she even feels she has the foundation to reach for her ultimate goal: CIO.

“Everyone who graduates has big dreams, and I’m just going to keep at it and do my best, and hopefully, I will be granted the opportunity to take on leadership activities in the corporate world” she said. “This program has helped make me feel like that’s a feasible goal, preparing me in ways I didn’t even know were possible — and I’m just very grateful.” 

Read more about Murphy’s future plans here.

Writer: Elizabeth Hillaker Downs

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