Round Table: Dawn Owens
Dawn Owens, Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Jindal School of Management
University of Texas at Dallas
Dawn Owens is applying for the "Professor of Practice" position.
As a professional in academia I have held various roles. I will talk about these roles highlighting my teaching and service responsibilities. As a professor, my goal is to engage students and guide them in their learning journey. During my presentation I will talk about my teaching experience both in the traditional classroom and online classroom and emphasize some of my teaching methods. I will also talk about my role as program director and my accomplishments with program development, assessment, and accreditation. One of my goals is to increase awareness about STEM education, particularly with females. Finally, I will highlight my current and future research activities.
Dawn is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas. She works in the Jindal School of Management teaching various Information Systems courses. She is also the Program Director for their Undergraduate degree program titled Information Technology and Systems. Her most recent accomplishments include changing the degree program to a STEM designated degree and updating the curriculum to include more technical rigor for students. She was also instrumental in implementing an AIS Student Chapter on campus for the undergraduate ITS students.
Dawn’s research interests are in the areas of virtual teams, project management, virtual world technology, software quality assurance, and retention of IT employees. She is particularly interested in how information technology can be used to enhance work practices on a global scale. Her most current research explores the use of virtual world technology and its effect on developing trust in virtual teams.
Prior to joining UTD, Dawn was an Associate Professor in the College of Science and Technology at Bellevue University. She was also the Director of the IS programs at both the Graduate and Undergraduate level. She has taught in both traditional and online learning environments and has experience in curriculum and program development. During her time at Bellevue University she developed several new course offerings and new program updates.
In addition to teaching, she has worked in the professional environment with industry experience encompassing both technical and management expertise. Her background includes executive IT management and all aspects of software development – analysis, design, development, implementation, testing, maintenance, and project management. She frequently draws on her industry experience in the classroom to help reinforce ideas and add context to the concepts.
She is passionate about educating and developing students for various positions in Information Systems and Technology in the global marketplace. She has received awards for Online Course Design and recognition in teaching excellence. Dawn received her Ph.D. in Information Technology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.