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Released December 9, 2003

By Jana Bryant

HATTIESBURG - Dr. Chang-tseh Hsieh, professor in the College of Business and Economic Development at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been appointed as the H.F. McCarty Jr. Distinguished Professorship in Management Information Systems.

This is the second time that Hsieh has received the honor, which is effective for the next two years and carries a stipend. Hsieh's first appointment was in 2001. The appointment is intended to give Southern Miss faculty members an opportunity to advance professional and scholarly development, research and community service.

A member of the Southern Miss faculty since 1988, Dr. Hsieh specializes in database management and Internet commerce. Support offered through the McCarty professorship allows Hsieh to place an intense focus on research that is not possible during the regular semester. His current research is focusing on the quality of health care organizations, in particular online pharmacies.

The professorship adds value all the way into the classroom, says Dr. Rod Posey, interim director of the Southern Miss School of Accountancy and Information Systems. "Our university's ability to offer professorships like this helps faculty stay on the cutting edge of research and further translates into a benefit for our students," Dr. Posey said. That benefit, says Hsieh, also translates into greater recognition for the university through collaboration with other business school professors across the country.

Hsieh also has served as visiting professor in the College of Business Administration at Providence University in Taichung, Taiwan, and as visiting scholar of management information systems at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

A prolific author and experienced editor, Dr. Hsieh has published articles in the Journal of Financial Research, Journal of Systems Management, Journal of Computer Information Systems, Journal of End User Computing, Journal of Information Technology, Journal of Information Systems Management, Industrial Management, and Data Systems, among others. Hsieh also is in the first year of a three-year term as editor of the Journal of International Technology and Information Systems, a peer-review academic journal of the International Information Management Association.

Hsieh earned his Ph.D. from Purdue University at West Lafayette, Ind., and holds a master's of business administration from Southern Miss.


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