Dr. Rodney A. Pearson

Professor of Information Systems
MSU Director of Student Success

office:  302H McCool Hall
office phone:  (662) 325-1995
department phone:  (662) 325-3928
fax number:  (662) 325-8651

mailing address:   Management & Information Systems Department
P.O. Box 9581
Mississippi State, MS 39762

e-mail:  rodney.pearson@msstate.edu
personal web page:  http://misweb.cbi.msstate.edu/~rpearson/index.html



Academic History
YearDegreeMajor AreaInstitution
1984D.B.A.Management Information SystemsHarvard Business School,
Harvard University
1976M.B.A.AccountingUniversity of Mississippi
1975B.E.Computer ScienceUniversity of Mississippi
1975B.B.A.AccountingUniversity of Mississippi



Courses Taught
Course
Code
Course DescriptionCourse web siteSyllabusOnline Grades
BIS 1001Freshman Year Experience: iProgramClick here.Fall 2013Click here.
BIS 1733Visual Basic ApplicationsClick here.Fall 2008Click here.
BIS 1753Business Applications Using COBOL Fall 2014Click here.
BIS 2990Special Topics in BISClick here.Summer 1 2012Click here.
BIS 3523Advanced Languages IClick here.Fall 2015Click here.
BIS 4523Business Programming with COBOLClick here.Spring 2015Click here.
MGT 3333,6990Field Studies in iPhone Entrepreneurship   



Work Experience
YearDescription
1987-presentMississippi State University, Management and Information Systems Department.
1984-1987Boston University, Management Information Systems Department (Assistant Professor).
1977-1984Harvard University, Department of Economics (Accounting instructor).
1976,1977University of Mississippi, Computer Science Department (instructor).



Journal Articles
YearDescription
2014Bergiel, E., K. Marett, A. Pearson, and R. Pearson. "Using Mobile Devices in a High Risk Context." Technology in Society.
2014Shim, J. P.; R. Pearson, K. Marett, C. Moore. "Stretching from Punch Card/Programming to Business Data Processing (BDP) to Business Information Systems (BIS)." Communications of the Association for Information Systems.
2014Barnett, T., A. Pearson, R. Pearson, and F. W. Kellermanns. "Five‑factor model personality traits as predictors of perceived and actual use of technology." European Journal of Information Systems.
2013Ring, K., T. Barnett, F. W. Kellermanns, A. Pearson, and R. Pearson. "The use of a web-based course management system: Causes and performance effects." Journal of Management Education.
2012Marett, K., R. Pearson, and R. Moore. "Pay What You Want: An exploratory study of social exchange and buyer-determined prices of iProducts." Communications of the AIS, 30(article 10): 1-14.
2012Nelson, G., M. Moore, R. Moore, A. Pearson, and R. Pearson. "iPhone Entrepreneurship Class: Bridging the Gap Between Engineering and Business to Create an Entrepreneurial Culture," Journal of Engineering Education. volume 101.
2009Otondo, R. F., T. Barnett, F. W. Kellermanns, A. W. Pearson, & R. A. Pearson. "Assessing Information Technology Use over Time with Growth Modeling and Hierarchical Linear Modeling: A Tutorial." Communications of Association for Information Systems. Volume 25 (2009), Article 45.
2009"Managerial Problem Solving in the Adoption of Radio Frequency Identification Technologies," European Journal of Information Systems. Otondo, Robert; Pearson, Allison; Pearson, Rodney; Shaw, John; and Shim, J. P.
2009"Do business communication tools meet learner needs?", Business Communication Quarterly, 72(2): 146-162. DuFrene, Debbie; Lehman, Carol; Kellermanns, Franz; and Pearson, Rodney.
2008"Assessing Learning Styles to Improve Instruction in Business Communication," Mountain Plains Business Education Association Journal. DuFrene, Debbie; Carol Lehman; Franz Kellermanns; and Rodney Pearson.
2007"Human Subjects Requirements and Economic Education Researchers," The American Economist. Fall 2007, volume LI, number 2, pp. 49-60. Lopus, Jane; Grimes, Paul; Becker, Bill; and Pearson, Rodney.
2007"Effects of Human Subjects Requirements on Classroom Research: Multidisciplinary Evidence," Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics. September 2007, volume 2, number 3, pp. 69-77. Lopus, Jane; Grimes, Paul; Becker, Bill; and Pearson, Rodney.
2007"Measuring System Usage: Replication and Extensions," Journal of Computer Information Systems. Winter 2006-2007, volume XLVII, number 2, pp. 76-85. Barnett, Tim; Kellermanns, Franz; Pearson, Allison; and Pearson, Rodney.
2005"Changes in Consumer Attitudes Resulting from Participation in a Permission E-Mail Campaign," Journal of Current Issues and Research in Advertising, Spring 2005, volume 27, issue 1, pp. 65-77. Engelland, Brian; DuFrene, Debbie; Lehman, Carol; and Pearson, Rodney.
2002"The Limits of Information: A Cautionary Tale about One Course Delivery Experience in the Distance Education Environment," e-Service Journal. Salisbury, David; Pearson, Rodney; Miller, Dave; and Marett, Kent. Volume 1, Number 2, Winter 2002.
2001"Perceived Security and World Wide Web Purchase Intention," Industrial Management & Data Systems. Salisbury, Dave; Pearson, Rodney; Pearson, Allison; and Miller, Dave. Volume 101, Number 4, May 2001. pp.165-177.



Presentations, Proceedings, and Other Publications
YearDescription
2013"Web App Entrepreneurship," presentation at the Mississippi Broadband Connect Coalition Conference, Jackson MS, November 12, 2013. Rodney Pearson; Kent Marett; Allison Pearson; Danny Holt; Melissa Moore; and Rob Moore.
2013"Mobile phone use risks and benefits in a high risk context: An Exploratory Study in Afghanistan." 2013 Meeting of the Southern Management Association, New Orleans, LA, November 2013. Bergiel, Erich; Marett, Kent; Pearson, Allison; and Pearson, Rodney.
2012"A Program to Broaden Participation in Computing Majors," 2012 American Society for Engineering Education - Southeastern Section Annual Conference, April 1-3, 2012. Reese, Donna; Pearson, Rodney; Hodges, Julia; Jones, Bryan; and Otondo, Bob.
2008"Managerial Perceptions in Adoption of Emergent Technologies: A Qualitative Study of Furniture Industry Managers." Qualitative Research in Management and Organization Conference, Albuquerque, NM. Otondo, Robert; Pearson, Allison; Pearson, Rodney; Shaw,John; and Shim, J. P.
2008"Wireless‑Based Warehouse Management Systems for the Furniture Industry: Final Report," Frankline Furniture Institute. Otondo, Robert; Allison Pearson; Rodney Pearson; John Shaw; and J. P. Shim.
2007"The Effect of Human Subject Regulation on Classroom Research: Multidisciplinary Evidence," presentation at the 2007 American Economics Association Conference, Chicago IL, January 2007. Lopus, Jane; Grimes, Paul; Becker, Bill; and Pearson, Rodney.
2006"Teaching to the Target: Tailoring Instruction to Students' Cognitive Style" Presentation at the 2006 Annual Conference of the Association for Business Communication, October 2006. Lehman, Carol; DuFrene, Debbie; Kellermanns, Franz; and Pearson, Rodney.
2006"A Technology-Mediated Learning Environment's Impact on Classroom Attendance." Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Southern Management Association, 2006, pp. 241-246. Ring, Kirk; Kellermanns, Franz; Lehman, Carol; DuFrene, Debbie; and Pearson, Rodney. (First author was winner of the SMA Best Doctoral Student Paper in Management History/Management Education/International Management track)
2006"Technology Mediated Learning: Do Technology Tools Meet Learner Needs?" Proceedings of the Association for Business Communication, Southwestern United States Region, March 2006, pp. 38-56. DuFrene, Debbie; Lehman, Carol; Kellermanns, Franz; and Pearson, Rodney.
2005"Do Economists Know Human Subject Requirements?", presentation at the 2005 Southern Economic Association Conference, Nov 2005, Washington DC. Grimes, Paul; Lopus, Jane; Pearson, Rodney; and Becker, William.
2005"Classroom Research on the Impact of Technology Mediated Instruction," accepted for presentation at the International Conference on the Book, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK, Lehman, Carol; DuFrene, Debbie; Kellermanns, Franz; and Pearson, Rodney.
2005"A Study of Student Attitudes Toward Technology Mediated Instruction," accepted for presentation at the Annual Spring Conference of the Association for Business Communication. Lehman, Carol; DuFrene, Debbie; Kellermanns, Franz; and Pearson, Rodney.
2004"Persuasive Communication in the Information Age: Consumer Response to an E-Mail Advertising Campaign," Proceedings of the Association of Business Communication. Lehman, Carol; Debbie DuFrene; Brian Engelland; and Rodney Pearson.
2002"Persuasive Communication in the Information Age: Consumer Response to an E-Mail Advertising Campaign," Proceedings of the Southwestern Region, Association for Business Communication. Lehman, Carol; DuFrene, Debbie; Engelland, Brian; and Pearson, Rodney.
2002"Changes in Consumer Attitude Resulting from Participation in an Opt-in E-Mail Campaign," presented at the Association for Business Communication International Conference, October, 2002, Cincinnati, Ohio. Lehman, Carol; DuFrene, Debbie; Engelland, Brian; and Pearson, Rodney
2000"The Limits of Information: Measuring Differences Between Local and Distance Group Attitudes Toward Distance Learning." Proceedings of the 2000 AIS Americas Confernce on Information Systems. Miller, Dave; Marett, Kent; Salisbury, Dave; and Pearson, Rodney. (Awarded 'Best Paper - Learning Track')
1999"Identifying Barriers That Keep Shoppers Off the World Wide Web: Developing a Scale to Measure Perceived Web Security." Proceedings of the 1999 Southern Management Association Meeting. Salisbury, Dave; Pearson, Rodney; Pearson, Allison; and Miller, Dave.
1998"Who's afraid of the World Wide Web? An initial investigation into the relative impact of two salient beliefs on web shopping intent." Proceedings of the 1998 Association for Information Systems Americas Conference, Electronic Commerce Mini-Track, Baltimore, MD, August 1998. Salisbury, David; Pearson, Rodney; and Pearson, Allison.



Grants, Contracts, and Funded Research
YearAmountDescription
2015-2018$825,000Awarded by United States Small Business Administration, "Veterans' Business Outreach Center." (Rodney Pearson; Allison Pearson; Danny Holt; Melissa Moore; Rob Moore; Eric Hill; and Ken McRae)
2013-2015$48,056Awarded by Mississippi State University Extension Service, "Implementation of an Aggressive Pasture Management System (AMPS) Program." (Rocky Lemus; Rodney Pearson; Scott Cagle; and Joshua White.)
2013$2,000Awarded by Mississippi State University Office of Research and Economic Development, "Development of Web App Tools for Forage and Pasture Management/" (Rodney Pearson and Rocky Lemus)
2013-2014$40,000Awarded by the Council of Graduate Studies, "Enhancing Financial Literacy at Mississippi State University." (Lou D'Abramo, Karen Coats, Deborah Lee, Paul McKinner, Meghan Millea, Rodney Pearson, Rebecca Smith)
2012-2014$136,063Awarded by the United States Department of Agriculture, "Seed Calculator for Conservation Planning." (Rocky Lemus, Brian Baldwin, Rodney Pearson)
2011$3,000Awarded by Mississippi State University Schillig Teaching Award Program, "iPhone Programming." (Rodney Pearson, Kent Marett, Rob Moore, Melissa Moore)
2010-2011$600,000Awarded by U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). MSU Entrepreneurship Center Development Program. (Gerald Nelson, Gary Butler, Mike Mazzola, Rob Moore, Melissa Moore, Allison Pearson, Rodney Pearson)
2010-2014$599,979Awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). BPC-DP: Defining a Complete Educational Path to a Computing Degree. (Rodney Pearson, Bob Otondo, Julia Hodges, Donna Reese, and Bob Reese)
2009-2010$570,000Awarded by U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). MSU Entrepreneurship Center Development Program. (Gerald Nelson, Gary Butler, Mike Mazzola, Rob Moore, Melissa Moore, Allison Pearson, Rodney Pearson)
2009$1,073Awarded by Mississippi State University Schillig Teaching Award Program, "iPhone Programming." (Rodney Pearson, Kent Marett, Robert Sainsbury)
2007$88,985"Wireless-Based Warehouse Management Systems for the Furniture Industry." The Furniture Outreach Program, Franklin Institute for Furniture Manufacturing and Management, Mississippi State University. (Robert Otondo, Rodney Pearson, Allison Pearson, J.P. Shim, and John Shaw)
2007$50,000"Business Opportunities for Success School: BOSS Camp I and II." Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), United States Department of Education. Awarded through the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. (Paul Grimes, Mark Lehman, Pearson Liddell, Meghan Millea, Melissa Moore, Rob Moore, Allison Pearson, Rodney Pearson, and Kathleen Thomas)
2007$3,000Schillig Innovative Teaching Grant for purchase of classroom presentation equipment. (Rodney Pearson, Allison Pearson, Tim Barnett, Gary Templeton, Lemuria Carter, Meghan Millea, Greg Nagel, and Melissa Moore)
2006$50,000"Business Opportunities for Success School: Career Exploration, Sessions I and II." Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), United States Department of Education. Awarded through the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. (Paul Grimes, Mark Lehman, Pearson Liddell, Meghan Millea, Melissa Moore, Rob Moore, Allison Pearson, Rodney Pearson, and Kathleen Thomas)
2003$3,000Schillig Innovative Teaching Grant for upgrade of misweb server. (Rodney Pearson)



Professional Activities
YearDescription
1993-presentBoard Member, State of Mississippi Department of Information and Technology Services
2004-2010Member, State of Mississippi Council on Educational Technology
2001-presentMember, MSU Information Technology Advisory Committee
2002-2003Co-chair, MSU Classroom Technology Task Force
1997-2001Member, MSU Information Technology Oversight Committee
1999-2000Chair, MSU Campus Software Committee
1999-presentMember, COBI Computer and Database Advisory Committee
2000,2002,2004,2006Committee for selection of COBI Faculty Awards
2000-presentDesigned, developed, and maintain misweb COBI Web-Based Faculty Information System.
2000-presentDesigned, developed, and maintain misweb COBI Web-Based Student Information System.
1999-presentWeb Master for MSU Management and Information Systems Department
1999Designed and developed a system for publishing web-based surveys (used for MBA and MSBA exit exams, MBA field project surveys, doctoral dissertations, research, etc.).
1999Designed, developed, and implemented a Travel/Tour Management System for Marathon Tours and Travel, Charlestown, MA.
1998-presentWeb Master for misweb.cbi.msstate.edu
1996Designed and developed XCMEET, a system used to score the results of the SEC Cross Country Championships (later used in numerous other cross country meets).



Other Activities
YearDescription
2000-presentVolunteer for MSU Athletics Mentor Program
1998-presentVolunteer COPE course instructor, Camp Seminole, Boy Scouts of America
 Coach various youth sports, including baseball, softball, and basketball
 Co-founder, Old School Track Club
 All sorts of outdoor activities.



Honors
YearDescription
2010College of Business Teaching Innovation Award
2009Robert Keil Innovative Teaching Award
2008COBI Sustained Service Award
2005COBI Undergraduate Teaching Award
2003COBI Outstanding Faculty Award
2003Mississippi Legislature House Concurrent Resolution #87 (Click here for photo)
2003MSU Women's Basketball 6th Player Award (along with my wife Allison)
2002MSU Grisham Master Teacher Award
2001Mace bearer at Spring and Winter 2001 graduation
2001MSU Alumni Association Upper Level Teaching Award (Click here for the group photo!)
2001COBI Service Award
2000AMCIS 2000 Best Paper Award, Learning Track
1999COBI Undergraduate Teaching Award
1982State Record Holder, Mississippi Marathon, 2:23:44
1981,1982TAC All-American, 20Km (12.4 miles)
1967Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America



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