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 from Washington State University and is a distinguished scholar and professional of Information Systems. 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.
KD’s interests consist of broadening participation in STEM, design science, healthcare information systems, work design, knowledge management, value sensitive design and crowdsourcing. KD 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 achieved many awards including the RDE-BPR1 for Collaborative Research in Modeling IT Career Choices of Persons with Disabilities as well as a GSE for Collaborative Research with Practical logic of STEM Career Choices. She analyzed a critical interpretive approach to profiling IT Career pathways of African American males of HBCU’s with the National Science Foundation as well as serving as a co-principal Investor with the National Science Foundation with her work of exploration of the effects of race, ethnicity and socio-economic class on gender stereotyping of STEM disciplines.
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 analytical careers. My NSF-funded research focus is on examining 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 inflexibly 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 (IT) 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.
To be a culturally responsive academic profession, 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 grow in this space.
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