Author: David Dodson
Contact: Robert T. Sumichrast


The management information systems faculty in the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business is ranked second nationally for scholarly productivity in its field.

The ranking is part of the third annual Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index, which its developer claims to be the only objective measure of faculty productivity that assesses an institution's research strength without using reputational surveys. The ranking is based on a calculation of the number of professors a college has in an academic discipline like information systems, the number of books and research articles they have written, the number of times other scholars have cited them, and the awards, honors and grant dollars they have received.

"This recognition is consistent with other measures of research excellence that the faculty in the Management Information Systems Department has been credited with over the years," said Dean Robert T. Sumichrast. "It's also reflective of the high level of research taking place throughout the Terry College."

The Terry College's MIS Department is ranked second to the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. The University of Missouri at St. Louis, Virginia Tech and the University of Illinois at Chicago ranked third through fifth of the nine schools ranked at the top of the MIS index.

A total of 13 doctoral programs at UGA, including MIS, are ranked in the 2007 index. Seven Ph.D. programs in the College of Education are ranked. The other six are housed in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

The Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index is compiled by Academic Analytics, a for-profit company owned in part by the State University of New York at Stony Brook.