Department of Information Systems - Message from the Chair

Message from the Chair

Michael Goul

Welcome to the Department of Information Systems.

Here you will discover a great deal of information about our portfolio of programs and the student experiences we promote. And, if you check knowIT our online newsletter, we'll give you a snapshot of what we're up to right now. But first, let me tell you what we're all about.

In today's tough economy, there's a new, no-nonsense reality: the emphasis is on value. When firms invest in information technologies, they expect value to be realized through increased business, better customer relationships and improved employee productivity. When you invest in your education, you expect that time and effort spent will return long-term career value.

And when universities invest in developing a well-regarded faculty, the expectation is that they will generate new business knowledge, and that they will transfer that new knowledge to students, research investment partners and colleagues. Within this complex system of value creation, the Department of Information Systems has carved a unique niche.

The main indicators of career value in undergraduate education include careful selection of only the most qualified students, a solid track record of industry recruiting at competitive salaries, industry engagement in supporting student experiences, and a high-quality faculty with the teaching awards and research honors to prove it. All four indicators are present in the highly ranked CIS undergraduate program . Through the Department of Information Systems Club (DISC) students meet directly with many of the program's recruiters and the industry movers and shakers who serve on our Executive Advisory Board .

Our Master of Science in Information Management (MSIM) program is for working professionals seeking to master the art of leveraging IT to innovate and transform industries, business models and processes. The program's time-to-value is a major differentiator; it is an intensive 12-month program delivered in the evenings, or a 16-month program delivered online. Each course instructor specializes in the field he or she is teaching, so the newest managerial and technology insights are the focus.

The department's Ph.D. program is research-intensive. It builds teaching skills and leverages research collaborations with industry partners. Since today's value of research is measured by impact, both the academic significance of a dissertation and the business relevance of findings are keys. The department maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio and it leverages its nationally recognized Center for Advancing Business through Information Technology (CABIT) to forge research collaborations leading to high-impact insights. Those insights become foundations for continuously improving the department's portfolio of programs.

We would very much like to connect and reconnect with all who have an interest in being partners with us in our unique value creation system. For additional information or questions, please contact us at .

Michael Goul
Department Chair