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Lakisha L. Simmons, Ph.D.

Curriculum Vita

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Lakisha Simmons is a Six Sigma Black Belt (Caterpillar, Inc), and associate professor of management information systems at Belmont University in Nashville, TN.  She is the founder of Homework Suite App and The Achiever Academy nonprofit. Her expertise in business intelligence and her research in data science and edtech has resulted in over 40 peer-reviewed scholarly works and countless awards. Dr. Kisha was named the 2018 Nashville Emerging Leader in Education by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce and 2018 Susan Short Jones Emerging Leaders Award by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc Metro Nashville Chapter. 

 

Dr. Kisha earned her undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems from Tennessee State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems with a minor in Marketing from the University of Mississippi. Prior to receiving her doctorate, Dr. Simmons held several positions with Caterpillar Financial Services, including Six Sigma Black Belt and IT Business Analyst. 

 

Dr. Kisha studies how technology can improve education, life, and business decisions. She uses mixed methods including information extraction from the Web, survey and focus groups. Her work has been published in the DATA BASE for Advances in Information Systems, Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, Journal of Computer Information Systems, Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, MIS Quarterly Executive, and The Journal of Economic Education. 

 

Dr. Kisha is the university chair of the Faculty Inclusion, Diversity and Equity committee and Jack C. Massey College of Business Chair of the Technology Committee at Belmont University. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Faculty Member of The PhD Project, and the Honor Societies of Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma International. 

 

Dr. Kisha’s platform centers on keeping girls in school (by providing period products) and developing them into poised, persisted and prosperous women (through instruction). She spends a great deal of her time mentoring, training and speaking to young women about tech careers, adulting and academic success strategies. She founded The Achiever Academy, (http://theachiever.me), a mentoring and leadership academy to develop poised, persistent, and prosperous college women.

AWARDS, HONORS AND MENTIONS (Recent)

2018                Period Project Spokeswoman, The Tennessean (video link), August 14 and August 15, 2018

 

2018                Nashville Emerging Leader in Education, Nashville Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville, July 26

 

2018                Susan Short Jones Emerging Leaders Award, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Metro Nashville Chapter.

 

2017                Awardee, Nashville Black 40 Under 40

 

2017                Master’s Hooding, Female Student, December 14

2012 – 2017    Annual Scholarly Activity Award – The COBA Awards, Jack C. Massey College of Business

 

2016                Faculty Outstanding Scholarly Activity Award, Jack C. Massey College of Business

 

2016                Nominated for Belmont University Scholarship Award

 

2016                Mention in Computer World article, http://bit.ly/lsMention  http://www.computerworld.com/article/3039579/financial-it/can-todays-it-shop-satisfy-business-demands.html#tk.twt_ctw

 

2016                Master’s Hooding, Female Student, August 4

EDUCATION

PhD     Business Administration, MIS, University of Mississippi, 2011

MBA   Technology Management, University of Phoenix, 2004

BBA    Information Systems, Tennessee State University, 2002

 

DISSERTATION

Title: Ontology Extraction of Semantic Relationships using CAINES

Dissertation Committee: Dr. Sumali J. Conlon (chair), Dr. Milam Aiken, Dr. Tony Ammeter, & Dr. Walter Davis.

 

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

2017- Present Associate Professor of Management Information Systems

Jack C. Massey College of Business Administration

Belmont University

Courses: Managing Information Systems in Business, Web Programming, Business Systems Analysis, MBA Business Analytics

 

2012- 2017      Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems

Jack C. Massey College of Business Administration

Belmont University

Courses: Managing Information Systems in Business, Web Programming, Business Systems Analysis, MBA Business Analytics

 

2011- 2012      Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems

Department of Management, Information Systems, and Business Education, Scott College of Business

Indiana State University

Courses: Business Systems Analysis, Intro to Management Information Systems, Business Information Tools, Principles of Marketing

NOTABLE APPOINTMENTS AND PROFESSIONAL CONSULTATIONS

 

2015 – Pres     Founder, Homework Suite Student Planner

 

2018 - Pres      Chair, Networking Events, Cable Board of Directors (Membership Cluster)

 

2017 – Pres     Chair, Belmont University Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Committee

 

2017 – Pres     Chair, Belmont Technology Continuous Improvement Committee

2014 – 2015    Board Member, VP of Technology, International Institute of Business Analysis

Original Scholarly Research

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  1. Cochran, Jr., H. H., Velikova, M. V., Childs, B. D., & Simmons, L. L. (2019). Indexing of the JEE Online Section. The Journal of Economic Education. (Acceptance level: 9% per Cabell’s 2018).

  1. Simmons, L., Crook, A., Cannonier, C., Simmons, C., (2018). There’s an App for That: The Impact of Reminder Apps on Student Learning and Anxiety. Journal of Education for Business. https://doi.org/10.1080/08832323.2018.1441120  (Acceptance level: 25% per Cabell’s 2018).

  2. Huang, X., Chandra, A., DePaolo, C., Cribbs, J., & Simmons, L. (2015). Measuring transactional distance in web-based learning environments: an initial instrument development.  Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning. 30(2), 106-126, DOI: 10.1080/02680513.2015.1065720. (Acceptance level: 21-30% per Cabell’s 2015).
     

  3. Cochran, Jr., H. H., Velikova, M. V., Childs, B. D., & Simmons, L. L. (2015). Apps for Economics. The Journal of Economic Education, 2, 231-232. (Acceptance level: 9% per Cabell’s 2015).
     

  4. Huang, X., Chandra, A., DePaolo, C., & Simmons, L. (2015). Understanding transactional distance in web-based learning environments: An empirical study. British Journal of Educational Technology. DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12263 (Acceptance level: 20% per Cabell’s). **Association for Educational Communications & Technology (AECT)- DDL (Division of Distance Learning ) Journal Article Award - Quantitative-Based 1st place**
     

  5. Conlon, S. Abrahams, A., Simmons, L. L, (2014). Terrorism Information Extraction from Online Reports. Journal of Computer Information Systems. (Acceptance level: 10-15% per Cabell’s 2012).
     

  6. Simmons, L. L. & Conlon, S. C. (2013). Extraction of Financial Information from Online Business Reports.   The DATA BASE for Advances in Information Systems. (Acceptance level: 15% per Cabell’s 2013).
     

  7. Simmons, L.L. Simmons, C. B., (2012). A good fit: Increasing online learner outcomes and satisfaction. Review of Business Research 12, 2, 121-128. (Acceptance level: 30% per Cabell’s 2012).
     

  8. Simmons, L. L., Simmons, C. B., Hayek, M., Parks, R., Mbarika, V.W. (2012). A cultural comparison of eLearning artifacts.   Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education 10, 4, 547-574. (Acceptance level: 20% per Cabell’s 2012).
     

  9. Simmons, L. L., Conlon, S.J., Mukhopadhyay, S., & Yang, J. (2011).  A computer aided analysis of eWOM reviews:  Their content and impact. Journal of Computer Information Systems 52, 1, 43-55. (Acceptance level: 10-15% per Cabell’s 2012).
     

  10. Simmons, C. B., Jones, D. L., & Simmons, L. L. (2011). A framework and demo for preventing anti-computer forensicsIssues in Information Systems 12, 1, 366-372.
     

  11. Simmons, L., Mbarika, I., Mbarika, V.W., Thomas, C.A., Tsuma, C., Wade, T.A. & Wilkerson, D.  (2011). TeleEducation initiatives for sub-saharan Africa: The case of the African virtual university in KenyaJournal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research 12, 5, 78-90. (Acceptance level: 20% per Cabell’s 2012).
     

  12. Bradley, R. V., Pratt, R.., Byrd, T. A., & Simmons, L. L., (2011). Enterprise architecture: The role for enterprise architecture in the quest for IT valueMIS Quarterly Executive 10, 2.
     

  13. Aiken, M., Simmons, L. L., & Balan, S. (2010). Automatic interpretation of English speech. Issues in Information Systems, 11, 1, 129-133.
     

  14. Simmons, L. L. Simmons, C. B., Ammeter, A.P., Ghosh, K. (2010). Understanding the benefits of social exchange in B2B communities, Issues in Information Systems, 11, 1, 134-141.
     

  15. Simmons, L., & Aiken, M. (2010). Group support system meeting termination: Allowing participants to vote, Business Research Yearbook Global Business Perspectives, 17, 1, 94-99. (Acceptance level: 35-38% per Cabell’s 2012)
     

  16. Aiken, M. & Simmons, L. (2010). Automatic transcription of spoken English to German and Spanish text, Business Research Yearbook Global Business Perspectives, 17, 1, 106-111. (Acceptance level: 35-38% per Cabell’s 2012)
     

  17. Simmons, L. L. & Clayton, R. (2010). The impact of small business B2B virtual community commitment on brand loyalty. International Journal of Business and Systems Research, 4, 4. (Acceptance level: 11-20% per Cabell’s 2010).
     

  18. Simmons, C.B.  & Simmons, L. L. (2010). The changing requirements for computer science graduatesThe Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, 25, 5.