A Warm Welcome from the Department of Business Information and Technology
The Department of Business Information and Technology (BIT), with 17 full-time faculty
members, is one of the stronger MIS departments in the country, ranked number 33 among
BIT programs worldwide based on the number of research publications achieved in premier
journal outlets. Dr. Robin Poston is the interim department chair and the department's
degree offerings include the B.B.A. in MIS, the M.S.B.A. with a concentration in MIS,
and the Ph.D. in Business with a concentration in MIS (which is the only MIS Ph.D.
program in Tennessee). The department also participates in the Fogelman College's
M.B.A., International M.B.A. and Executive M.B.A. programs. The BIT Department produces
graduates who are prepared to enter a variety of information systems and technology
management positions in modern business organizations. These include specialists in
big-data business analytics, systems and business analysis, database and network administration,
security analysis, software testing, and web design. The department faculty are eminently
qualified to accomplish this, most have Ph.D.s from some of the top BIT departments
in the country, and many have worked in senior IS positions in the business world.
Among the department's professors are specialists in technology innovation, electronic
commerce, systems development and testing, database management, and the management
of information systems in contemporary organizations.
The BIT Department is the home of the Systems Testing Excellence Program (STEP), which is the largest university-based research group in software testing in the
world. STEP researchers from BIT collaborate with industry partners and the university's
computer science and computer engineering faculty to conduct research on a broad range
of software testing issues, offer research-based industry certification programs,
and run an annual international research workshop at which the latest research in
the field is presented. STEP was co-founded by its main corporate partner, FedEx,
serving as its key research and training partner in software testing throughout the
software development lifecycle (visit step.memphis.edu).
Among the Department's distinguished faculty members is Dr. Bill Kettinger, the department's FedEx Chair of Excellence in BIT, who is a senior editor of MIS
Quarterly, which is one of the top two research journals in the MIS field and sees
his role as serving "students and scholars in being all that they can be." Dr. Mark Gillenson with textbooks on database management and a leader of the MidSouth Chapter of the
Data Management Association, who is the Fogelman College "Ranking Czar", head of certification
programs for STEP, and co-developer of a new Graduate Certificate Program in Business
Intelligence. Dr. Brian Janz who is the First Tennessee Professor of MIS and George Johnson Teaching Fellow and
is focused on bringing design thinking and innovation concepts to Memphis, understanding
the impact of IT in organizations, and improving teaching in traditional and online
courses at Fogelman College. Dr. Judy Simon who brings experiential programs into class content as the departmental internship
supervisor, works with PhD students, supervises our Business Information Assurance
Certificate Program, and is the co-director of the University's Center for Information
Assurance with grants from Department of Defense and National Science Foundation.
Dr. Tom Stafford who has edited a dozen journal special issues of prominent MIS publications while
serving two terms as Editor in Chief of Data Base for Advances in Information Systems,
and a special issue of MIS Quarterly focused on measure development methodologies.
Other scholars in the department include Dr. Wade Jackson, Dr. Jong Lee, Dr. Ted Lee, Dr. Robin Poston, Dr. Sandi Richardson, and Dr. Chen Zhang.
Additional faculty support the department's Microsoft Office Specialist Certification
for Excel 2010 which has seen a resurgence of interest recently, and is offered as
a part of the MIS 2749 course, allowing students the opportunity to get 3 hours core
credit for this class and also earn a certification. BIT faculty also support the
Fogelman College Business Honors program and Peer Coaching in our classes.
To view our brochure describing our certificate and degree programs in BIT, please
Dr. Robin Poston
Papasan Family Professorship for Exemplary Leadership Professor
Associate Professor and Interim Department Chair for BIT, University of Memphis
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