Traci Hess Named Douglas and Diana Berthiaume Endowed Professor
April 04, 2016
When asked to account for her recent appointment as Douglas and Diana Berthiaume Endowed Professor of Information Systems,Traci Hess replies with characteristic modesty: “More than anything else, it reflects Isenberg’s growing national footprint in the Information Systems field.” That is evidenced, she says, by her program’s national prominence in iconic rankings* based on publications in her discipline’s top research journals.
Professor Hess, in fact, is responsible for a good deal of that “A-journal” visibility. Internationally admired for her research in human-computer interactions, she is a frequent contributor to her discipline’s premier journal, MIS Quarterly, and to other leading publications. Professor Hess is Associate Editor of MIS Quarterly and Senior Editor of AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction. At Isenberg, she has been honored with the Outstanding Research Award (2012-2013) and the Research Excellence Award (2011-2012).
Just as significant is her program’s success in equipping Isenberg graduates with high-demand, marketable skills. In that, Professor Hess has again been a key player—on doctoral, master’s, and undergraduate levels. As program coordinator, she has been principal architect of a curriculum that emphasizes business analytics, data mining, project management, and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. To that end, Professor Hess is the Isenberg Faculty Coordinator for the SAP University Alliance. Beyond Isenberg, she serves on the campus-wide Information Technology Steering Committee for the university’s IT minor. And she has taught in the campus’s Business Certificate Program for Scientists and Engineers.
Before joining Isenberg in 2010, Professor Hess was on the faculty at Washington State University’s College of Business. She has Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Information Systems from Virginia Tech. Her bachelor’s degree is in Accounting, from the University of Virginia.
In August of 2017, the Association for Information Systems—her discipline’s premier professional society—will host 1,200 scholars and practitioners in Boston, in its signature annual event—the Americas Conference on Information Systems. With Professor Hess as its co-chair, Isenberg will no doubt leave its imprint on the gathering—in both research and pedagogy. “For our evolving program,” says Hess, “it is bound to be a milestone.”
Douglas ‘71 and Diana Berthiaume
The Berthiaume professorship is one of several endowed faculty positions created through the generosity of UMass Amherst alumnus Douglas '71 and Diana Berthiaume. The Berthiaume's 2014 $10 million dollar gift energized entrepreneurship on the UMass Amherst campus through the creation of the Isenberg-based Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship.
Berthaiume Gift supports entrepreneurship and Isenberg initiatives
The Douglas and Diana Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship will be the hub of a campus network of scholars, innovators and entrepreneurs. The Berthiaumes' gift builds on the couple's extraordinary support for the university, which includes a previous gift of $5 million in support of Isenberg School initiatives.