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College of Business & Information Systems

College of Business & Information Systems

Biography

Become the leader you know you can be in the Dakota State College of BIS. Challenge yourself to oversee the intricate details of the business world and instill a sense of curiosity as you immerse yourself in hands-on projects and experiences. Discover how you can inspire the world.

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Andrew Behrens

Andrew Behrens

Assistant Professor

Department

College of Business and Information Systems

Education

M.S., Information Systems, Dakota State University, 2018
B.S., Information Systems, Dakota State University, 2015

Biography

Andy Behrens is an assistant professor specializing in analytics and information system analysis and design. He is also the Coordinator of the Computer Information Systems undergraduate program, and he co-advises the Association for Information Systems chapter. In addition, Andy advises the World Language Club. His research interests include applied artificial intelligence and analytics in healthcare and system analysis and design. He has publications in conferences and journals. 

Contact

Office Location: East Hall
Phone: 605-256-5165
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Dorine Bennett

Dorine Bennett

Dean, College of Business and Information Systems

Department

College of Business and Information Systems

Education

Ed.D., University of South Dakota
M.B.A., University of South Dakota
B.S., Dakota State University

Biography

Dr. Dorine Bennett is the Academic Dean of College of Business and Information Systems. She has been an active member of national and regional health information associations and has earned Fellowship status in the American Health Information Management Association. Prior to coming to DSU, she worked in the health information management field in long term care, community health, and acute care settings. Dr. Bennett has a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA), with an emphasis in Management of Information Systems. She also holds a PhD in Educational Administration, Adult and Higher Education.

Contact

Office Location: East Hall
Phone: 605-256-5165
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Patti Brooks

Patti Brooks

Assistant Professor/ Director of the Center for Advancement of Health IT (CAHIT)

Department

College of Business and Information Systems

Education

DSc, Information Systems, Dakota State University
MS, Information Systems, Dakota State University
MBA, University of South Dakota
BS, Health Information Administration, Dakota State University
AS, Health Information Technology, Dakota State University
Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics, Dakota State University

Biography

Patti is an Assistant Professor in the Health Informatics and Information Management programs. She primarily teaches courses in health informatics, health information systems, health statistics and healthcare data analytics, healthcare research, and healthcare quality management.

Patti’s primary research interests include data quality and information governance, population health including social determinants of health, digital health, and the medical internet of things (IoT). Her educational background includes health informatics, health information management, information systems, and data analytics.

Patti’s industry experience includes over 40 years of working in healthcare including; information systems leadership, health information, clinical intelligence, and healthcare management. She is a member of HIMSS and AHIMA at both the national and state levels.

Contact

Office Location: East Hall
Phone: 605-256-5165
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Yen-Ling Chang

Yen-Ling Chang

Associate Professor

Department

College of Business and Information Systems

Education

Ph. D. of Finance, University of Texas at Arlington
M.S. of Economics, Iowa State University
MBA in International Financial Management, National Chengchi University
B.S of Land Economics, National Chengchi University

Biography

Dr. Chang’s research primarily focuses on the economic and financial impacts of banking reforms on financial institutions and markets. Her other research interests including asset pricing and market efficiency. Dr. Chang has a Ph.D. in Finance and a master's degree in Economics.

Contact

Office Location: East Hall
Phone: 605-256-5165
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Erich Eischen

Erich Eischen

Instructor

Department

College of Business and Information Systems

Education

LL.M. Taxation - University of Denver, 2006
J.D. - Mitchell Hamline College of Law, 2005
MPA - University of South Dakota, 2000
BSBA - University of South Dakota, 2000

Biography

Teaching Experience:

- Six years in the United Arab Emirates
- Two years in China
- One year in Morocco

Academic Responsibilities:

- Tax I and II
- Principles of Accounting I and II
- Cost Accounting 
- Intermediate Accounting
- Government and Non-profit Accounting

Contact

Office Location: East Hall
Phone: 605-256-5165
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Omar El-Gayar

Omar El-Gayar

Professor

Department

College of Business and Information Systems

Education

Ph.D., University of Hawaii
M.A., University of Hawaii
M.S., Alexandria University
B.S., Alexandria University

Biography

Omar El-Gayar, Ph.D. is a Professor of Information Systems. His research interests include: analytics, business intelligence, and decision support with applications in problem domain areas such as healthcare, environmental management, and security planning and management. His inter-disciplinary educational background and training is in information technology, computer science, economics, and operations research. Dr. El-Gayar’s industry experience includes working as an analyst, modeler, and programmer. His numerous publications appear in various IT related fields. He is a member of AIS, ACM, INFORMS, and DSI.

Contact

Office Location: East Hall
Phone: 605-256-5165
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Robert Girtz

Robert Girtz

Assistant Professor

Department

College of Business and Information Systems

Education

Ph.D., Economics, Middle Tennessee State University, 2012
M.A., Economics, Middle Tennessee State University, 2009
B.S., Applied Statistics, St. Cloud State University, 2006

Biography

Rob Girtz is an assistant professor of business and economics. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Middle Tennessee State University with specializations in labor economics and applied econometrics and has published research articles in outlets such as the Journal of Labor Research, Labour, the Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, and the Economics Bulletin. Rob primarily teaches principles of microeconomics, business statistics I, and business statistics II. He is a member of the honors faculty and regularly offers an honors section of principles of microeconomics.

Contact

Office Location: East Hall
Phone: 605-256-5165
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Jun Liu

Associate Professor / Coordinator for Master of Science in Analytics Program

Department

College of Business and Information Systems

Education

Ph.D., University of Arizona
M.S., University of Arizona
B.A., Nanjing University

Biography

Dr. Jun Liu is an Associate Professor of Information Systems at Dakota State University in Madison, SD.   He received a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona.  His research is in the areas of Machine Learning, Large Scale Network Analysis, Big Data Analytics, and Artificial Intelligence.  His work uses different methods such as statistical modeling, conceptual modeling, machine learning and text mining. 

Contact

Office Location: East Hall
Phone: 605-256-5165
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Jim McKeown

Jim McKeown

Lecturer

Department

College of Business and Information Systems

Education

Ph.D., University of Iowa
M.A., Columbia University
B.S., South Dakota State University

Biography

Dr. McKeown teaches Visual Basic programming courses, C# programing, MIS, and web programming courses at DSU. His book, Programming in Visual Basic: The Very Beginner's Guide, is in its fourth edition.

Contact

Office Location: East Hall
Phone: 605-256-5165
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Scott Morstad

Scott Morstad

Assistant Professor

Department

College of Business and Information Systems

Education

J.D., University of South Dakota
B.A., Augustana College

Biography

Professional Designations:

  • Licensed Attorney – South Dakota Bar Association
  • Certified Public Accountant, South Dakota


Professional Organizations:

  • South Dakota Society of CPAs
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants – Fraud and Forensics
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants – Tax Advisor
  • South Dakota Bar Association
  • Academy of Legal Studies in Business


Scott primarily teaches accounting and business law classes both in the graduate and undergraduate programs.His primary research interests include cyber law and privacy, torts, fraud and forensics, and business ethics. Prior to arriving at DSU, Scott held several key leadership positions in accounting, finance, and law. 

Contact

Office Location: East Hall
Phone: 605-256-5165
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Cherie Noteboom

Cherie Noteboom

Professor/Coordinator for Ph.D. Info Systems/Coordinator for Center of Excellence

Department

College of Business and Information Systems

Education

Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Omaha
E.D., University of South Dakota
M.B.A., University of South Dakota
B.S., South Dakota State University

Biography

Cherie Noteboom is a Professor of Information Systems in the College of Business and Information Systems, Coordinator of the Ph.D. in Information Systems, and Director of the Center of Excellence in Information Systems at Dakota State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Information Technology from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. In addition, she has earned an Education Doctorate in Adult & Higher Education & Administration & MBA from the University of South Dakota. She has a BS degree in computer science from South Dakota State University. She researches in the areas of Information Systems, Healthcare, and Project Management.

Her industry experience runs the continuum from technical computer science endeavors to project management and formal management & leadership positions. She has significant experience working with Management Information Systems, Staff Development, Project Management, Application Development, Education, Healthcare, Mentoring, and Leadership.

She has served on several Nursing College Advisory Boards, YMCA Board of Directors and K12 School Board. Noteboom actively participates in PMI, AIS, ACM, and HIMSS. She has held the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation since 2000. Noteboom enjoys running, fishing, reading, photography and traveling.

Contact

Office Location: East Hall
Phone: 605-256-5165
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Insu Park

Insu Park

Associate Professor

Department

College of Business and Information Systems

Education

Ph.D., State University of NY, Buffalo
M.S., Hanyang University
B.C., Hanyang University

Biography

Insu Park is an associate professor in Business & Information Systems. His research interests include E-commerce, Healthcare & Social Media Analytics, Information Privacy, and Behavioral Issues in IS. His research has been published in several leading journals, including MIS Quarterly, Decision Science, Decision Support Systems, Information and Management, International Journal of Electronic Commerce, and IEEE Transaction on System, Man and Cybernetics etc. He has numerous conference proceedings and presentations in leading conferences, such as the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) and the Academy of Management (AOM).

Contact

Office Location: East Hall
Phone: 605-256-5165
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Michael Roach

Michael Roach

Assistant Professor

Department

College of Business and Information Systems

Education

Ph.D., Capella University
M.B.A., University of Sioux Falls
B.S., University of South Dakota

Contact

Office Location: East Hall
Phone: 605-256-5165
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Ronghua Shan

Ronghua Shan

Professor / Coordinator for Master of Science in Information Systems Program

Department

College of Business and Information Systems

Education

Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
B.E., Zhejiang University of Technology

Biography

Dr. Shan teaches Data Management courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. His research interests include database security, metadata management and constraint modelling and processing.

Contact

Office Location: East Hall
Phone: 605-256-5165
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Wendy Simmermon

Wendy Simmermon

Instructor

Department

College of Business and Information Systems

Education

Ed.D., University of South Dakota
M.B.A., University of Sioux Falls
B.S., Northern State University

Biography

Wendy Simmermon is an instructor in the DSU BIS department focusing on Principles of Accounting I and II, business, management, and QuickBooks Online.

She is a Certified QuickBooks Online User (QBOU) and a QuickBooks Online Accountant.

Her professional organizations and designations include: Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Development Series Certified Instructor; Toast Master’s International, – Competent Communicator and Competent Leader; Junior Achievement – Volunteer and local board organizer.

Contact

Office Location: East Hall
Phone: 605-256-5165
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Renae Spohn

Renae Spohn

Director of HIM Programs / Coordinator for Master of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management Program

Department

College of Business and Information Systems

Education

Ph.D., Health Sciences, University of South Dakota
Graduate Certificate, Technology Management, Colorado Technical University
M.B.A., Healthcare Administration, City University
B.S., Dakota State University
A.S., Dakota State University 
A.S., Colorado Technical University

Biography

Renae Spohn is the Director of the Health Information Management programs at Dakota State University. She is also the Coordinator of the Master of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management program.

She is a registered health information administrator (RHIA), a certified professional in healthcare informatics (CPHI) and healthcare quality (CPHQ), and a fellow in the American Health Information Management Association and in the National Association for Healthcare Quality.

Renae serves as the Chair of DSU's CQI Committee. She is also a Peer Reviewer for CAHIIM, the accreditation organization for HIM educational programs. She has served on the SDHIMA Board of Directors and has been President of SDHIMA. She has served on the AHIMA Board of Directors and has served on the AHIMA Fellowship Committee, Triumph Awards Committee, and Nominating Committee. She served as a Chair and Co-Chair of the Long-Term Care Practice Council for several years. In addition, she has served as a Baldrige Evaluator for the Performance Excellence Network (SD, ND, MN).

Contact

Office Location: East Hall
Phone: 605-256-5165
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Daniel Talley

Daniel Talley

Professor / Undergraduate Coordinator for Business

Department

College of Business and Information Systems

Education

PhD in Economics, University of Oregon, 1996
BS in Economics and Computer Science with a Business Emphasis, University of Puget Sound, 1990

Biography

Teaching Interests:
Principles of Macro- and Microeconomics, Money and Banking, Statistics/Econometrics, and Open Economy Macroeconomics (International Trade Theory and Practice)

Dan teaches in the undergraduate and graduate business and information systems programs at Dakota State University. Dan teaches economics, statistics, and graduate courses each semester. Dan has published and presented over twenty original research and conference papers studying aspects of international trade, macro econometrics, banking, and finance, as well as teaching economics with computer technology. DSU co-author Dr. Yen-Ling Chang and Dan had their research paper “Bank Risk in a Decade of Low-Interest Rates” published in the Journal of Economics and Finance in July 2017. Dr. Talley was appointed Undergraduate Business Programs Coordinator for the College of Business and Information Systems.

Contact

Office Location: East Hall
Phone: 605-256-5165
Email

Deb Tech

Deb Tech

Associate Professor

Department

College of Business and Information Systems

Education

Ph.D., Northcentral University
M.B.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
B.A., Concordia Teachers College

Biography

Dr. Tech is an Associate Professor of Marketing and Internship Coordinator for the College of Business and Information Systems and the Beacom College of Computing. She has been with DSU since 1999. Her formal training includes an undergraduate degree in Secondary Education in Math and Spanish, an MBA in International Business, and a PhD in e-commerce.

Dr. Tech’s teaching philosophy is focused on providing each student with the life-long tools necessary to succeed in the technologically changing business world. The use and evaluation of new technologies are incorporated in her classes, emphasizing hands-on application when possible.

Her classroom environment fosters open dialogue, exploration of new ideas, mutual respect, and expansion of concepts to the marketing field. Dr. Tech’s easy, open rapport with students, while maintaining a rigorous learning environment, has led to her receiving the Teagarden Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2015. She was also nominated for the ACBSP teaching award in 2018.

Dr. Tech’s research interests are in the areas of Disruptive Technologies and their impacts on business and marketing. (i.e.: Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain technology, Internet of Things, and Virtual/Augmented Reality)

Contact

Office Location: East Hall
Phone: 605-256-5165
Email

Shannon Vostad

Shannon Vostad

Administrative Assistant II

Department

College of Business and Information Systems

Contact

Office Location: East Hall
Phone: 605-256-5165
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Brenda Warren

Brenda Warren

Administrative Assistant I

Department

College of Business and Information Systems

Contact

Office Location: East Hall
Phone: 605-256-5165
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Julie Wulf Plimpton

Julie Wulf Plimpton

Assistant Professor

Department

College of Business and Information Systems

Education

Masters of Science in Health Informatics, Dakota State University, Madison, South Dakota 2014
BS in Health Information Management, Dakota State University, Madison SD 1991
AS in Health Information Management, Dakota State University, Madison SD 1989

Biography

Julie is a registered health information administrator (RHIA), as well as a certified professional in healthcare informatics (CHPI).  She has served on the South Dakota Health Information Management (SDHIMA) Board of Directors and has been the President of SDHIMA.  Julie also has served on the education committee for the South Dakota Healthcare Information and Management System Society (SDHIMSS).

Julie teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs in health information management and health informatics programs at Dakota State University. Her classes include; Introduction to Health Information Management, Legal Aspects of Health Information I & II, Introduction to Healthcare Information Systems, Practical Coding Applications, Clinical Documentation Integrity, and several other graduate-level courses.

Julie is also the Supervise Professional Practice Coordinator.  In this role, she works with students to organize their unpaid internships in healthcare facilities.

Previous to coming to DSU, Julie has 30+ years of healthcare experience in health information management.  She has experience as a clinic manager, project manager for an electronic health record software company, a consultant in HIM for a long-term care organization, and a director of HIM in an acute care hospital. 

Contact

Office Location: East Hall
Phone: 605-256-5165
Email

David Zeng

David Zeng

Assistant Professor

Department

College of Business and Information Systems

Education

Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
M.B.A., Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine
M.S.C.S., California State University, Long Beach

Biography

Teaching Interests:
Predictive Analytics for Decision-making, Programming for Data Analytics (Python), Business Intelligence & Visualization, Deep Learning, AI Applications, Applied AI & applications, and Strategy & Application of AI in Organizations.

David's research has been published at top-tier, peer-reviewed journals including MIS Quarterly, and has been funded by both internal and external grants. David received the Merrill D. Hunter Award of Excellence in Research in 2020.

Academic Responsibilities:
Director, Center for Business Analytics Research (CBAR)

Contact

Office Location: East Hall
Phone: 605-256-5165
Email

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