My name is Anna McNab and I joined the Niagara University faculty in August 2009 after receiving my Ph.D. from Washington State University. I also hold an M.B.A. and undergraduate degree in business administration, double-majoring in management information systems and operations management, both from Washington State University.
My teaching is related to the use of information systems in organizations. I am currently teaching courses across all levels of our College of Business Administration, from freshmen students to those enrolled in the MBA program. I love learning new skills and have been exploring teaching in the online environment and try to get my students engaged despite the distance. My usual teaching assignment includes a course on strategic use of information systems by organizations, e-commerce essentials and creative problem solving.
My research interests include human-computer interactions in information retrieval context, user acceptance of information systems, motivations for joining online communities and examination of methods used in IS research. My research has previously appeared in MIS Quarterly, The DATA BASE for Advances in Information Systems, AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interactions, Journal of Organizational Computing and E-Commerce, Electronic Markets, Journal of Health Communication and Mass Communication and Society as well as various proceedings of national and international conferences. In the recent years and especially after my sabbatical, I have been writing articles for various blogs.
I have been fortunate enough to serves on the University's Planning Council as well as the Academic Senate in addition to several other committees. I am an active member of the Association for Information Systems (AIS) and its special interest group on human-computer interaction (SIG HCI). I am currently serving as a secretary & treasurer for SIG HCI and have also been involved as a co-chair for several years for an HCI mini-track at the Americas Conference on Information Systems. I am a member of Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.
People always say it is the little things that make a difference. That is why I love being at Niagara. NU is not the biggest campus, all the buildings may not be the most modern, but Niagara has the little things. I love walking through the campus during all different seasons of the year, marveling at the way the nature changes. I love the kindness you meet on every corner. I love seeing my friends every day and meeting new ones every semester. I enjoy working together to make NU a better place for everyone. Most of all, I love the mission of the institution and am eager to see where the future might take us as we are committed to increasing our mission-driven activities.
The VMI is an incredible opportunity to learn more about St. Vincent, his teachings and his work throughout the years and I am honored to have been selected to the cohort. I am looking forward to meeting colleagues from DePaul and St. John’s universities and learning from them and with them. Lastly, I personally believe that social entrepreneurship is going to continue to be a major force in the world and as a business person am looking forward to learning more about the relationship between business and charity from one of the best “social entrepreneurs”.