Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
Kuan-Chou Chen is the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, the Interim Director of the White Lodging School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Thomas M. McDermott Sr. Endowed Chair, Professor in Economic Development, Professor of Management Information Systems. He was the Department Head of Information Systems, Finance, and Business Analytics (2005-2016), as well as Interim Department Head of Department of Graduate Studies in Education (2013-2014) at Purdue University Northwest. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and his MBA from National Cheng-Kung University in Taiwan. He specialized in computer programming, system simulation, project management, decision support systems, data mining, system analysis and design, e-business strategy and application, supply chain management, network design and security, knowledge management, and information economy. Professor Chen has more than 90 scholarly publications, most in peer-reviewed journals. He is an active participant in several professional journals and serves on three paper reviewer boards. Currently he is an Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of e-Education, e-Business, e-Management and e-Learning. His productivity and scholarship have been recognized by his colleagues, being nominated three years in a row for an “Outstanding Scholar Award.” He also the recipient of Teacher of the Year Award (Purdue University Northwest, 2005). In his working experience, he worked as System Engineer and Project Manager at Electronic Data Systems (EDS). He has also taught at several universities: Purdue University West Lafayette, Bowling Green State University, IVY Tech State College, Lansing Community College, and Davenport University. He has initiated experiential and service learning opportunities with community partners and Purdue University Northwest. Internally, he won experiential learning course development grants four times to create service learning courses connecting the real-world and academia. Community partners include the Hammond Innovation Center, Vision One, and the Methodist Hospitals Foundation. He was also awarded several external grants from Indiana Campus Compact to service a learning project with a local community hospital. He is also very active in mentoring undergraduate research. He has mentored more than 30 undergraduate students who have been awarded undergraduate research grants at Purdue University Northwest. He has also supervised the Ball State University Information Systems annual case competition and won championships in 2012 and 2013. Professor Chen has served as a visiting scholar at the following universities overseas: National Cheng-Kung University (Taiwan), National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan), National Sun Yat-sen University (Taiwan), National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (Taiwan), Chinese Culture University (Taiwan), John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (Poland), and Inner Mongolia University of Technology (China).