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

Year Started at JMU: 1990

palocssw@jmu.edu

Contact Info

Education
  • 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 education
  • Data mining and machine learning
  • Optimization and simulation modeling
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  Business Analytics II
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.
Service
  • Associate Editor, Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, 2012-present.
  • Associate Editor, INFORMS Transactions on Education, 2019-present.
  • DSI Lifetime Distinguished Educator Award Committee, 2019
  • INFORMS Case Competition Committee and Judge, 2018-2020.
  • Bayer Women in OR Scholarship Award Committee (INFORMS Analytics Society), 2019.
  • INFORMS Case Competition Committee and Judge, 2018-2020.
  • JMU Data Science Task Force, 2018-2019
Awards and Recognitions
  • CoB Teaching and Learning Scholarship Award (3rd place), 2019
  • College of Business Dean’s Impact Award, 2014-18
  • KPMG Faculty Scholar, CIS & BSAN Department, 2014-present
  • Outstanding Associate Editor, Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, 2015 & 2018
  • CoB Best Educational Publication Award, 2015
  • CoB Madison Scholar, 2004
  • CoB Distinguished Teacher Award, 2003
  • Decision Sciences Institute Doctoral Dissertation Award for “Nonconvex Fractional Programming”, 1992
Key Publications

Wang, P., Palocsay, S. W., Shi, J., and White, M. M.  “Examining Undergraduate Students’ Attitudes Toward Business Statistics in the U.S. and China.”  Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, 16(3), 197-216, 2018.

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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