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Academic Unit Head & R. Jarl Bliss Faculty Fellow, CIS & BSAN
sylerra@jmu.edu
Contact Info

Areas of Expertise
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Analytics
  • Business Analytics
  • ERP
  • Information Systems
  • Internet of Things
  • Management of Innovation
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Smart Cities
  • Blockchain
Education
  • Ph.D., Management of Information Technology and Innovation (MIS), Auburn University - 2003
  • M.B.A., Columbus State University - 1997
  • M.S., Mass Communications (Public Relations/Organizational Communications), Kansas State University - 1994
  • B.S., Mass Communications (Radio/TV/Film - Management), Middle Tennessee State University - 1988
Positions Held

Associate Professor and Data & Cybersecurity Management Program Coordinator, University of Arkansas, August 2016 to July 2022

Lecturer and Clifford R. King Endowed Professorship, Louisiana Tech University, August 2012 to August 2016

Visiting Professor in Sports Management, University of Memphis, August 2010 to August 2011

Assistant Professor of Management & Director of MIS Graduate Programs, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, July 2003 to May 2010

Select Publications

Schuetz, S.W. Stillman, Z.R., and Syler, R.A. “An Investigation of Users’ Under-Reliance on Anti-Phishing Tools.” Revise and Resubmit (2022), Decision Support Systems (DSS).

The Internet of Things: Multi-faceted Research Perspectives April 2020, Communications of the Association for Information Systems 46(21):511-536.

Growing Doctoral Education in Africa: The Story of an Online Course at ICT University in Cameroon June 2018 Communications of the Association for Information Systems 43(1).

When Programs Collide: A Panel Report on the Competing Interests of Analytics and Security May 2020 Communications of the Association for Information Systems 46(5):584-602.

Awards and Recognitions

Association of Information Systems (AIS) Distinguished Member Award - 2019

Nominee, Walton College Faculty Service Award - 2018

Decision Science Journal of Innovation Education Paper of the Year - 2006

CIEE International Faculty Development Seminar Award, Summer 2007 Distinguished Research Award, Allied Academies - April 2002

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