Greta L. PolitesWelcome!

As an academician, I am a quasi-public figure. But my job is not my life. My life is my family, my birds, my horse racing friends, and my hobbies which include (among other things) traveling, collecting fossils and horse racing memorabilia, and photography. I'm not getting any younger (even if the photo of me posted here was taken way back in 2004 and will likely remain here until I die). And the older I get, the more I want to focus on my life as opposed to my job. With that said, it's time for my professional bio.

I am currently an Associate Professor (soon to be Full, I hope) in the Department of Management & Information Systems at Kent State University. I received my bachelor's and master's degrees in MIS, as well as my MBA, from the University of South Florida, and completed my Ph.D. in Business Administration at the University of Georgia in 2009. My favorite classes to teach are undergraduate Business Modeling and Agile Design (CIS 34034; formerly Systems Analysis & Design), and the PhD seminar in Structural Equation Modeling (BAD 80056). I've covered courses in lots of other things at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. I've served on important and not so important committees. I've served as the IS PhD program coordinator (2020-2022).

I used to have time for research, and I used to be pretty good at it. My research has focused primarily on individual level behavioral aspects of IS use. My dissertation research stream, for which I am best known, focuses on IS habits, resistance to new technology adoption, and the interplay between IS habits and organizational routines. My work has been published in MIS Quarterly (twice), Journal of the AIS (twice), European Journal of Information Systems (thrice), and a number of lesser outlets. I have received several best paper and reviewer awards, including the 2012 Paper of the Year Award from MIS Quarterly, and the 2011 Reviewer of the Year Award from Information Systems Research. I have served frequently as an associate editor, and more recently as a conference track co-chair, for prestigious international conferences.

But that's my job, not my life. What accomplishments am I most proud of? I have published a couple of papers in the field of invertebrate paleontology, and have two fossil mollusk species named after me. I've won prestigious awards for my educational displays at shell shows throughout Florida. I've had two of my horse racing photos displayed at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga, New York. I am one of the 5,314 micro share owners of Authentic, who won the 2020 Kentucky Derby and Breeders' Cup Classic, en route to Horse of the Year honors. I am also a micro share owner of Country Grammer, who won the 2022 Dubai World Cup. But I'm just as proud for being a 4-5% partner in a horse who won a $5,000 claiming race at Belterra Park in 2019.

Now you know a little more about me -- both my job and my life.

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