Dr. Dana Schwieger to be Honored with 2016 PRIDE Award


Dana SchwiegerDr. Dana Schwieger, professor of management information systems (MIS) in the Department of Accounting at Southeast Missouri State University, will be honored with the 2016 PRIDE Award during commencement exercises at 2 p.m. Dec. 17 in the Show Me Center. She also will present the December Honors Convocation address.

The recipient of the award is honored for exemplifying the teacher/scholar model. Schwieger was selected for the PRIDE Award by the Council of Deans after nominations were solicited from each of the University’s colleges and schools. This is the 20th year Southeast has presented the PRIDE Award.

“I am very honored to have been chosen to receive this award. I did not expect to be selected,” she said.

The Provost’s Research, Instruction and Development for Excellence (PRIDE) Award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence as a teacher, an extraordinary level of scholarship and service and whose overall accomplishments are especially noteworthy.

“Dr. Schwieger has established an outstanding record of accomplishments in the core areas for a University faculty member — teaching effectiveness, high quality scholarly work, and impactful service to the University and our larger community,” said Dr. Gerald McDougall, dean of the Donald L. Harrison College of Business. “She is dedicated to student success, whether it be in the classroom or through mentoring students in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.  The Harrison College of Business has an outstanding faculty, and there is no better representative of this than Dr. Schwieger as a recipient of the PRIDE Award. ”

A member of the Department of Accounting faculty, Schwieger played an instrumental role in the development of the Management Information Systems program at Southeast, where she is dedicated to her students’ success both in and out of the classroom. Schwieger serves as an advisor to Southeast’s Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, taking students to state and national conferences the past five years, and was the founding advisor for the Southeast chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals. She has chaperoned a study abroad program to Paris and London, and has supervised MIS internships and numerous graduate papers.

She has been honored with the Outstanding MBA Teaching Award, SoTL Award, Harrison College of Business Copper Dome Research Award, Harrison College of Business Copper Dome Teaching Award, Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year Award nominee, Missouri State Phi Beta Lambda Advisor of the Year and has won best paper and best overall paper awards at six national conferences. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society and is a recipient of the Success in Scholarship, Sports, and Service Award.

Outside of Southeast, Schwieger has served as a paper reviewer for the “Accounting Educators Journal” and the “Journal of Information Systems Education” and as a Higher Learning Commission AQIP Project Reviewer since 2013, helping colleges and universities maintain their accreditation, enhance their campuses and improve their action projects.

While her work has been published extensively in books and journals, she also has shared her knowledge with the worldwide community with service work in Haiti. There, she has assisted with a medical mission trip and provided information technology assistance to Real Hope for Haiti, a nonprofit orphanage/medical clinic/Cholera house. Schwieger also has worked extensively with Respire Haiti, assisting with their website design and development, and serving as their website administrator. She has advised and helped bring online schooling and textbooks to the school. She also has participated in the Wenzao Taiwan School of Language summer program and the Boeing Welliver Faculty Fellowship Program.

“I work with a school, medical clinic, clean water program and feeding program called Respire Haiti in Gressier, Haiti. The school was created to serve restaveks, child slaves,” she said. “Respire Haiti provides education to about 500 Haitian children with approximately 70 percent of them being restaveks. They provide free medical care to their students and the students’ families. They also provide food weekly to more than 500 children as well as clean water to the community. The impact of what is happening at Respire Haiti is phenomenal.”

“I have incorporated projects for Respire Haiti into my classroom as well as used the skills that I teach in my classes to help Respire with their business operations. Although I never really thought about how technology could be used in a third world country, like Haiti, I have seen its importance,” she said. “Cell phones and internet capabilities of smartphones give people living in Haiti access to services, resources and improved communication. We have been working with Element 74 on building a new website to increase awareness of the organization and the good that they are doing in Haiti.”

Schwieger added, “I would like to thank God for the skills and opportunities he has provided me throughout my life including the working at Southeast and with Respire Haiti.”

In her local community, Schwieger has served Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau as an EPIC trainer; has assisted more than 20 organizations; provided technical support for the Persecuted Church Prayer Ministry at La Croix Church; and helped to organize the local Missionfest event.

Schwieger holds a doctoral degree in Management Information Systems, a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in marketing and finance, all from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and Bachelor of Science in computer science and a Bachelor of Science in accounting, both from Southeast Missouri State University.

Before coming to Southeast in 1996, Schwieger served as an information technology computer lab manager at Southern Illinois University. She started at Southeast as a computer services lab manager and became an instructor in the Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems in 2000.

An Olive Branch, Illinois native, Schwieger is the daughter of Carolyn Schwieger and the late Cecil Schwieger. She is currently a resident of Cape Girardeau, Missouri.