Professor, Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics; KPMG Faculty Scholar

Year Started at JMU: 1990

Contact Info

  • The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., D.Sc., Operations Research, 1991
  • The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., M.S., Operations Research, 1986
  • James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, B.S., Mathematics, 1982
Professional Interests
  • Business analytics
  • Data mining
  • Optimization and simulation modeling
  • Business process design/improvement
  • Analytics education
Personal Interests
  • Dog training for tricks, fitness, and scent detection
  • Reading mystery and crime fiction
Professional Background
  • August 1983-June 1990 - Systems Engineer, Member of Technical Staff, The MITRE Corporation, McLean, Virginia
  • June 1982-August 1983 - Associate Programmer/Analyst, Planning Research Corporation, McLean, Virginia
Current Courses Taught
  • BSAN/CIS 393 Predictive Analytics and Data Mining
  • COB 291 Introduction to Management Science
Positions Held
  • 2002-Present  Professor, Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics Department, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia.
  • 1996-2002 Associate Professor, Computer Information Systems/Operations Management Department, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia.
  • 1990-1996 Assistant Professor, Department of Information and Decision Sciences, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Awards and Recognitions
  • KPMG Faculty Scholar, CIS & BSAN Department, 2014-present.
  • Outstanding Associate Editor, Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, 2015;
  • COB 2015 Best Educational Publication Award 
  • College of Business Dean’s Impact Award, 2014-15.
  • College of Business 2003-04 Madison Scholar
  • College of Business 2002-03 Distinguished Teacher Award
  • Decision Sciences Institute Doctoral Dissertation Award for dissertation entitled "Nonconvex Fractional Programming", 1992
  • Associate Editor for Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, 2011-present
  • Topical Editor for Education, Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science, 2013-present
  • Secretary/Treasurer for INFORM-ED (Education) Forum of INFORMS, 2009-13
  • Treasurer for the Women in OR/MS Forum of INFORMS, 2002-12
Key Publications

Mitri, M. and Palocsay, S. W.  “Toward an Undergraduate Model Curriculum for the Emerging Business Intelligence and Analytics Discipline.” Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 37, Article 31, 651-669, 2015.

Palocsay, S. W. and Markham, I. S.  “Management Science in Core Undergraduate Business Curricula.”  Journal of Education for Business, 89(2), 110-117, 2014.

Brookshire, R. G. and Palocsay, S. W.  “Factors Contributing to the Success of Undergraduate Business Students in Management Science Courses.”  Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, 3(1), 99-108, 2005.

Palocsay, S. W. and White, M.  “Neural Network Modeling in Cross-Cultural Research:  A Comparison with Multiple Regression.”  Organizational Research Methods, 7(4), 389-399, 2004.

Falk, J. E. and Palocsay, S. W.  “Image Space Analysis of Generalized Fractional Programs.”  Journal of Global Optimization, 4, pp. 63-88, 1994.

Falk, J., Palocsay, S., Sacco, W., Copes, W., and Champion, H.  “Bounds on a Trauma Outcome Function via Optimization.” Operations Research, 40, pp. S86-S95, January-February, 1992.

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