Southeast Faculty Member Awarded Prestigious Fellowship

Photo of Dr. Dana Schwieger.

Dr. Dana Schwieger is an associate professor of management information systems in Southeast’s Donald L. Harrison College of Business.(View a larger image of Dr. Schwieger)

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

April 4, 2006 – Dr. Dana Schwieger, an associate professor of management information systems in Southeast’s Donald L. Harrison College of Business, has been selected for the Boeing Welliver Faculty Fellowship program.

“This is a significant honor,” said Dr. Gerald McDougall, dean of the Harrison College of Business. “Typically only eight or nine are awarded each year, usually to faculty associated with engineering doctoral programs. It also is unusual for an individual to be accepted on their first application to the program.”

Boeing’s Web site states that only 111 participants have been chosen for the program since its inception in 1995.

“I am extremely excited to be selected,” Schwieger said. “It’s a great honor to be chosen from the pool of faculty who applied from across the nation. I’ve always wanted the opportunity to work at a top company like Boeing in order to incorporate discussions about the company’s business processes into my lectures and make my classes more realistic for my students.”

The program will provide Schwieger with the experience to do just that. During the eight-week program, Schwieger and her colleagues will shadow Boeing professionals at several levels of technical, business and management career paths, thus gaining exposure to the key elements and business realities of the industrial workplace. Boeing hopes to provide participants with a better understanding of the practical industry application of engineering, information technology and business skills in order to better prepare them to educate students for careers in a global industrial environment.

“The program will provide the participating faculty with practical industry experience we can incorporate into our lectures, coursework and curricula,” Schwieger said. “The experience will give us a better understanding of the research needs and focus of Boeing as well as other technical organizations in general that will help us direct our research and classes, and will help us develop contacts within Boeing and our faculty peers. It will also give the faculty an opportunity to look at the Boeing processes and procedures through an external, expert perspective to recommend areas that work well and areas that could be improved,” she said.

The program, which kicks off in June, will begin in Seattle. Participants will then transition to individual Boeing sites across the country for six weeks before reconvening in Southern California to produce and present a closing report for the final week of the program. 

Schwieger has taught management information systems courses at Southeast since 2000, and she also is currently teaching a business policy and strategy course. Before joining the Harrison College of Business faculty, she worked in the University’s Information Technology department.