The Center for Information Systems (CIS) is dedicated to improving the development, application and management of information systems through quality instruction, internationally recognized research and service to area businesses and other profit and non-profit organizations. Student success and participation are rewarded through scholarships, facilitation of internships, venues for public speaking and interaction with corporate members. The ultimate goal of CIS is to produce confident, intelligent and well-prepared IS graduates who are highly sought by a broad range of hiring organizations.
The center was established by Dr. Robert D. Smith in 1986 and has a strong focus on curriculum development, especially at the undergraduate level.
CIS has three meetings per semester on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., as well as an annual planning meeting in the summer.
Annual Planning Meeting
The annual planning meeting will take place at 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 1 in Room A311 located in the Business Administration Building.
The annual IT Expo will take place on Thursday February 28, 2019 in the Kent State Student Center Ballroom, located on the third floor of the Student Center.
Director, Center for Information Systems
Acting Department Chair for Accounting
Management and Information Systems
TOM COUNTRYMANChief Information Officer
The Davey Tree Expert Company
Global Procurement Center of Excellence,
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Career Services Office
Management and Information Systems Association (MISA)
There are three standing subcommittees:
- THE CAREER EXPORATION COMMITTEE
- THE CURRICULUM COMMITTEE
- THE SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE
Each committee is co-chaired by both a KSU member and a business executive.
CIS is proud to have more than one hundred members. Those members include Kent State faculty, staff, students and corporate professionals.
Erika Engelmann Sheeler
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Program Manager Principal, Business Transformation
"As former MISA president and a graduate of the MIS program, I am passionate about my involvement in CIS and supporting the development and engagement of emerging leaders from the College of Business Administration at Kent State."
An internship is key to gaining experience in the field of information systems before graduation, as well as networking with current professionals. You can get credit for the internships you complete.
The mission of the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE) is to mobilize the region's higher education and business communities for collective action that advances regional economic development.
MISA is a professional student organization with a focus on computer information systems. MISA's mission is to serve as a forum for students with an interest in computer information systems to become more aware of the CIS curriculum and technology in today’s business world.
CENTER FOR INFORMATION SYSTEMS LEADERSHIP AWARDs
If you are a computer information systems major or minor who holds a leadership position with the Management Information Systems Association or any other IT leadership roles, you may be eligible for these awards. You can be nominated by faculty, students, administrators, employers, community leaders, etc.
CENTER FOR INFORMATION SYSTEMS CERTIFICATION REIMBURSEMENt
For these awards, you must be a computer information systems major or minor who has completed at least six hours in your information systems courses.
CENTER FOR INFORMATION SYSTEMS TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS
If you are currently a computer information systems major, then you may be eligible for these awards. Up to five awards are planned.
After filling out the Tuition Scholarships application, please send the Scholarship Reference Form (located below) to your reference and have them fill it out digitally.
CENTER FOR INFORMATION SYSTEMS SUPPORT FOR PH.D. STUDENTS
To be eligible for this award, you must be a Ph.D. student in management systems with a concentration in information systems looking to petition the committee for support to engage in research or other professional activity. There is only one scholarship available.
The Center for Information Systems is funded through donations from Kent State alumni and faculty. Member companies and local businesses voluntarily provide scholarships and other monetary awards to recognize various contributions of current KSU students.