Dr. K.D. Joshi is a professor at the College of Business and serves as a departmental chair of Information Systems at the University of Nevada, Reno. She has her Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration in Decision Sciences and Information Systems from the University of Kentucky.. K.D holds a Master of Science in Industrial and Operations Engineering degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts in Operational Research and Bachelor of Arts in Mathematical Statistics degrees from the University of Delhi.
K.D.’s research interests consist of broadening participation in STEM, design science, healthcare information systems, work design, knowledge management, value sensitive design and crowdsourcing. K.D. has held positions as a departmental Chair and distinguished professor of Information Systems at the Carson College of Business at Washington State University and started off teaching at the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. K.D. has received multiple research grant awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to broaden the participation of underserved communities in STEM disciplines. Specifically, these NSF grant awards focus on Modeling IT Career Choices of Persons with Disabilities, Profiling Successful IT Career Pathways of Black and African American Males at HBCUs, and Exploring the Effects of Race, Ethnicity and Socio-economic Class on Gender Stereotyping of STEM disciplines. Dr. Joshi is an internationally recognized IS scholar. Dr. Joshi’s research has been published in the premier IS journals including MIS Quarterly (MISQ) and Information Systems Research (ISR). According to Google Scholar, Dr. Joshi’s research has been cited over 6,000 times (h-index: 28; i10-Index: 52). In 2016, she was among the top 10 IS Scholars in the AIS community’s top three journals, MISQ, ISR, and JAIS.
Read more about Dr. K.D. Joshi’s experience in the higher-education and Information Systems field in a recent interview.
What are you currently most passionate about in terms of your work or research? What are some research initiatives you plan to embark on in the near future?
I am most passionate about advancing research on broadening participation in technology and analytics careers. My NSF-funded research focus is on examining information technology (IT) career pathways of individuals from underserved communities. The two key social inclusion themes examined in my work are: 1) studying individuals, groups and communities that are systematically barred from access to opportunities and resources that could help individuals enter and persist in IT and 2) examining structures salient to inclusion (or exclusion) of under-represented groups. The second theme strives to prescribe, advocate, and create equitable structures which could promote the entry and success of under-represented minorities in IT. The findings and recommendations from these research projects have helped to address the attraction and retention of underserved communities in IT-related careers, including women, black men, military personnel and veterans with disabilities.
What excites you most about teaching in an online setting?
The ability to reach and teach a diverse set of students is exciting. People’s lives are inflexible because of work and family, education should not be. An online setting provides educational flexibility to advance careers by affording students with the freedom to choose where, how and when they learn.
What are some of the ways UNR curriculum aligns with your teaching and philosophies?
Cultivating an environment in which “adult” learners “learn how to learn” safely as the world changes around them constantly and continually is central to how I approach my teaching. My teaching philosophy has been to provide transformative educational experiences to individuals who will become engaged, fully employed citizens leading meaningful lives. My philosophy is reflected in my course designs, which fosters an environment in which students learn how to learn safely. To cultivate such a learning environment, I create a culture of care by providing support structures in an environment in which students believe they can participate and experiment safely during class activities and in which “failed” experiments are showcased as wellsprings of future learning opportunities. The culture within the information technology profession is fraught with stereotypes and misconceptions that turn under-represented groups away from IT majors. Cultivating a safe environment where students gain confidence in building their IT competencies through hands-on experiences and failures can help to attract and retain individuals from under-represented groups.
Helping students gain Digital and Analytical skills that the market demands is aligned with UNR’s land-grant mission to promote practical education.
Lastly, to be a culturally responsive academic professional, I must continually learn and grow. The University of Nevada Reno’s values of “Every member of the Pack treated with dignity and respect,” and its unifying motto of “omnia Pro Patria” (“All for our country”), provide ample motivation to create leaning communities where the teachers and students continually learn and grow by respectfully interacting and engaging with each other.
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