Faculty Collaboration Networks

David Smith (Pepperdine University, US)
Additional Authors
Owen Hall Jr. (Pepperdine University, US)
Session Information
July 26, 2012 - 3:30pm
Faculty and Student Development
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Applied Use (technology or pedagogy)
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Casanova 503
Session Duration: 
50 Minutes

The goal of faculty collaboration networks is to provide a platform where educators can converge, share, and exchange ideas to drive innovation in student learning.

Extended Abstract

Learning management systems have come a long way since Sir Isaac Pitman initiated the first correspondence course in the early 1840's. Today, graduate management education is facing a number of serious challenges. In response the one-size-fits-all educational approach of the past is being transformed by Internet-based learning management systems. The faculty is the key to unlocking the full potential of the Internet. The purpose of this presentation is to highlight recent developments in faculty collaboration networks (FCNs). The goal of FCNs is to provide a platform where the faculty can share and exchange ideas to drive innovation in student learning.

Lead Presenter

Dr. Owen P. Hall, Jr. holds the Julian Virtue Professorship and is a Full Professor of Decision Sciences at the George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management, Pepperdine University. He is the recipient of both the Charles Luckman and Howard A. White teaching excellence award. Dr. Hall has over 35 years of academic and industry experience. He is a registered professional engineer, State of California. Dr. Hall is the author of several textbooks on computer based decision-making and has written numerous technical papers on cloud computing, data mining and internet based learning. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Graziadio Business Report. Dr. Hall is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma and Delta Mu Delta Honor Societies. . He is also a member of the INFORMS IT and membership committees. Dr. Hall received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and undertook post-doctoral studies at the Center for Futures Research.


Co-presenter David Smith is Associate Professor of Economics and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business and Management. He has published numerous articles that have appeared in both academic and practitioner journals. He has oversight for an online MBA program to be launched in January 2013.   He closely follows current economic trends and has appeared on radio and television and in several newspapers and magazines, including most recently the Londong Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the New York Times, and the Investor’s Business Daily. David earned his doctorate from Michigan State University.  Prior to arriving at Pepperdine, he taught at Eastern College and Michigan State University.