Lecturer, Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics

Year Started at JMU: 2005

atkinslc@jmu.edu

Contact Info

Education
  • M.B.A. 
James Madison University 1990
  • B.B.A.    James Madison University 1984
Professional Interests

Teaching:

  • Application development
  • Web development
  • User Experience
  • Sustainability and CSR

Research:

  • Environmental and social responsibility aspects of sustainability projects
  • Collaboration systems:response and acceptance
Professional Background
  • Senior Systems Analyst, RR Donnelley, Harrisonburg, VA, 1994 – 2005                 
  • Systems Analyst, RR Donnelley, Harrisonburg, VA, 1986 – 1994 
Current Courses Taught
  • CIS 221 - Principles of Programming
  • CIS 498 - Digital Ethics and Sustainability
  • CIS 366 - Web Design and Development
Positions Held
  • Lecturer, James Madison University, 2005 - present
Awards and Recognitions
  • Madison Trust Funding Recipient 2018
  • COB Dean’s Impact Award 2018
  • COB Dean’s Impact Award 2016
  • COB Deans Impact Award 2014
Service
  • BizLab @ The Ice House - Founder
  • House building trips to Vicente Guerrero, Mexico - 2019, 2011 - 2015
  • PRME Advisory Board – 2017 - 2019 
  • Study Abroad in Argentina, May 2018
  • Semester In Antwerp FMIR – 2017
  • Freshman Advisor, May 2015 – 2018
  • Net Impact Advisor – January 2015 – present
Grants
  • COB Summer Teaching Grant  2018, 2019
  • Field 2: Madison Trust Funding Recipient - 2018
Key Publications

Publications

  • Atkins L., Mitri M., Cole C., (2017), "A Systems Analysis Role-Play Exercise and Assignment, Journal of Information Systems Education, November 2017.
  • Atkins L., Cole C., (2010), "An Introduction to Collaboration with SharePoint for First-year Business Students," Journal of Information Systems Education, October 2010.

Conference Proceedings

  • "Improving Information System Instruction," SEDSI Conference Proceedings, 2019
  • "Do Adaptive Skills Affect Students' Ability to Communication Collaboratively in a Business Professional Manner?" (with Shawn Lough), IACIS Conference Proceedings, 2018
  • "Student Perceptions of Critical Attributes for Entry-Level IT Consultants," Tom Dillon, Diane Lending, and Laura Atkins
  • "Accessing the Quality of Mentorship by Professional Mentor Firms with a Simulated IT Consulting Student Project," Tom Dillon, Diane Lending, and Laura Atkins

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