Dr. Susan Kruck Making an Impact as Editor-in-Chief of JISE
Since 2009, Computer Information Systems (CIS) and Business Analytics professor Dr. Susan Kruck has been the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE)—a position that has proved to be rewarding.
The JISE is an academic journal that focuses on education in the field of Information Systems. The journal publishes articles based on a wide variety of content, including topics such as curriculum development, pedagogy, software design, industry relations, and information systems research.
Kruck first began working for the publication as an author and a member of the editorial review board in the early 2000s. In her previous position on the editorial board, Kruck was responsible for reviewing 3-4 papers a year. Needless to say, her responsibilities have grown immensely since accepting her current position as editor-in-chief. Now her duties include receiving submissions, sending out submissions for blind review, making publishing decisions, and formatting the content of the journal. Kruck is also responsible for managing journal subscriptions, maintaining the JISE website, and distributing the publication—a task that involves mailing over 500 copies of JISE to subscribers from all over the world. But according to Kruck, her commitment to increasing the quality of education in the CIS discipline is worthwhile. She describes, "Journals dedicated to education are sometimes not as valued as several of the other, top-tier journals, but I feel that we must emphasize the importance of educational research so that we can better instruct our students. That way, students will be better prepared to enter the workplace and contribute to the field."
As a completely service based position, Kruck's dedication to this publication is immense. "It is a big commitment. For 52 weeks a year, I am the editor-in-chief of JISE—there are no vacations. But I find solace in the fact that this journal is a major resource for educators within the Information Systems discipline. So instead of participating in 12 different committees with a minimal role in each, I am able to make an large impact by contributing to one of the main facets of Information Systems education," she says.
Having been a part of the journal for over a decade, Kruck is content in her current position and enjoys the satisfaction that comes from managing a publication dedicated to education. Thanks to her work with the publication, she is able to continually develop as an instructor of Computer Information Systems. She says, "I am constantly reading about other people's research, so I am learning a lot. And I am able to share that knowledge with my classes. If it weren't for my position with JISE, I may not have encountered some of the rich, interesting research being conducted in the field."