Associate Dean of the Miller College of Business
Dr. Sushil Sharma is the associate dean and a professor of computer information systems (CIS) in the Miller College of Business at Ball State University. Dr. Sharma has the unique distinction of earning two doctoral degrees. He has over 20 years of administrative leadership experience and more than 25 years of experience in higher education. Dr. Sharma served as the chair for the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management (2008–2012) and executive director of the MBA and certificate programs (2011-2013) at Ball State. A Leadership Fellow in Higher Education through the Management Development Program at Harvard University, he has co-authored/edited/co-edited twelve (12) books and published over ninety (90) refereed research papers in the most reputed national and international MIS journals. In addition, he has published forty-five (45) refereed chapters in various books and has presented and published over 135 papers in various national and international conferences. Dr. Sharma’s research has appeared in several highly ranked journals in the MIS field, including Decision Support Systems, Communications of the Association for Information Systems, European Journal of Information Systems, Information Systems Frontiers, Journal of Information Privacy & Security (JIPS), Electronic Commerce Research Journal, and Information Management and Computer Security.
He has authored two cases published by the Ivy School of Business, University of Western Ontario and available through Harvard Business Publishing. Prior to joining the faculty at Ball State, he held the associate professor position at the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (India), and a visiting research associate professor at the Department of Management Science at the University of Waterloo (Canada). Dr. Sharma held several academic administration positions including the chair of the two different departments, chair of placement, chair of student affairs and alumni, and head of the Computer Center at the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (India).
His primary research interests are in computer information systems security, e-Learning, e-Government, computer-mediated communications, human computer interaction (HCI) and community and social informatics. He has taught several graduate and undergraduate courses on a variety of subjects including database management, ERP systems (SAP), electronic commerce, computer and network security, management information systems, systems analysis and design, distributed data processing systems, computer networking, knowledge management and other information systems related subjects.
Dr. Sharma has earned recognition for his teaching, research and service and has been a recipient of several outstanding awards at both the university and college levels. Dr. Sharma was awarded the Outstanding Administrator Award for the academic year 2015-16, given in recognition of demonstrated excellence in administrative service to the university. Dr. Sharma received the Outstanding Research Award for the year 2006-2007, given to an individual faculty member in recognition of contributions in the area of research. Dr. Sharma received the Outstanding Faculty Award for the year 2008-2009, given in recognition of demonstrated composite excellence in teaching, scholarly or creative productivity, and service by a faculty member who has an academic record at Ball State of more than five years. At the college level, Dr. Sharma has been a recipient of the Miller College of Business Extraordinary Year Award, given by the dean of the college in recognition of excellence in teaching, research, and service for three consecutive years (2003, 2004, & 2005). He also received the Outstanding Researcher of the Year Award in 2008.
Dr. Sharma has been the recipient of several research grants and has also won numerous professional honors. Dr. Sharma received a Citation of Excellence as the author of one of the top fifty Management articles of 2002 for the paper “Securing Information Infrastructure from Information Warfare”, Logistics Information Management, Vol. 15, No. 5/6, 2002. He also received the Instructional Innovation Award from the Southwest Decision Sciences Institute in 2003 and the Best Paper Award by the Midwest Association of Information Systems in 2012. His work on 'Cyber Slacking' has been widely covered by several media and news channels in the United States and he has often been interviewed for it. He has been a featured keynote speaker for hundreds of professional forums, executive development seminars, and academic conferences worldwide on a wide variety of topics of computer information systems and management such as e-Learning, e-Government, computer and network security, ERP implementations, community and social informatics, human-computer interaction (HCI) and knowledge management. He has been a member and chair of dissertation committees for several doctoral students. Dr. Sharma has also served as a consultant and advisor to numerous companies and organizations, including World Bank funded projects.
Since 2007, Dr. Sharma has served as the editor-in-chief/co-editor-in-chief of the International Journal of E-Adoption. He has been a guest editor, associate editor, reviewer and member of the editorial boards for several national and international journals in the area of MIS.
Dr. Sharma has traveled worldwide and lectured in several business schools around the globe in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and North America.