MIS students win big at the National AIS Student Leadership Conference and Competition


Two MIS student teams won big at the Eighth Annual Association for Information Systems (AIS), Student Chapter Leadership Conference and Competition, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, April 13-15, 2017.

1st Place – AmerisourceBergen Analytics Challenge (Analysis Track)

2nd Place – Security Case Study

The above two competitions included two phases. In the first phase, student teams submitted entries virtually. The finalists were chosen from the virtual entries and invited to present their work for another round of judging at the above conference. Other finalists included University of Georgia, Roger Williams University, University of Cincinnati, University of Michigan, Florida International University, Brigham Young University, and others.

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.

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.

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:/www.myvisionresearch.com/rankings, 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!

MIS graduate programs move into US News & World Report’s top 15

US News and World Report

The Fox graduate programs in Management Information Systems including the Master of Science in Information Technology Audit and Cyber-Security (ITACS), new online Master of Science Digital Innovation in Marketing (MS DIM), and Information Technology Management concentration (ITM) of the Fox MBA were ranked top 15 in the nation by the U.S. News and World Report rankings of top information systems programs for 2017.

In the 2017 ranking which is based on data collected in 2016, the above programs were ranked 14th in the nation (tied with University of Michigan). Fox MIS moved up 2 slots from the previous rank of 16th in the nation.

The overall 14th in the nation ranking translates into 9th nationally among public universities and 1st regionally among public universities.

“ITACS is quickly becoming a national leader in producing business savvy IT audit and cyber-security professionals; the demand for these individuals is intense in today’s digital centric economy in which internal and external threats continue to multiply,” said Munir Mandviwalla, Chair of the Fox School’s Management Information Systems department.

“The success of the new online Digital Innovation in Marketing is particularly gratifying as it is the first 100% online program that integrates high engagement, networking, and professional development into a streamlined 16 month degree,” said Mandviwalla.

GenEd Data Science Course Scores National Award

David SchuffDavid Schuff’s Data Science course has not only helped students pinpoint prime scoring positions for the Owls basketball team and identify Al Qaeda’s recruitment hot spots, it has also recently garnered national attention at the 4th Annual Business Intelligence Congress. At the conference, Schuff won the Teradata University Network Innovation in Teaching Award for his paper outlining the course, “Data Science for All: A University-Wide Course in Data Literacy,” in recognition for its innovative course design and unique place in Temple’s general education curriculum.

“This award validates the idea that analytics should be taught to a very broad audience,” said Schuff, Ph.D., professor of Management Information Systems.

Offering Data Science as a gen ed is ahead of the curve, Schuff added, as many universities are only beginning to launch graduate programs in data analytics and have no undergraduate courses.

The course equips students to harness the power of big data and to present data-driven arguments in a compelling manner, through a combination of theory and hands-on learning activities, including lessons on widely available software, such as Tableau and Excel. By the end of the course, students should be comfortable working with and presenting data as well as evaluating its trustworthiness.

Data Science Example“We are basically surrounded by data and our lives are infused by it,” Schuff said. “This course can make you more savvy about the way you navigate the world.”

For Alexander Monsell ’15, a recent graduate of Temple’s theater program, the course helped him to articulate arguments with more certainty.

“It’s…helpful in an industry where so much is based on feeling and emotional response to be able to back things up with hard numbers,” Monsell said. “‘The audience seemed to like the piece’ just isn’t as powerful as ‘90 percent of showings had standing ovations.’”

The course has grown in popularity over the years, with 240 students enrolled in spring 2016 compared to 30 students when the course launched in fall 2015.

After enrolling, Charlotte Myer, a Sophomore majoring in Political Science, saw how data science could apply to her undergraduate research.

“It’s an excellent primer for any kind of data-driven field,” she said. “It helps make the quantifiable more understandable.”

Learn more at: http://community.mis.temple.edu/datascience/

Elizabeth Hillaker Downs

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