Ponelis Named Visiting Professor

The School of Information Studies (SOIS) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) welcomes visiting professor Shana Ponelis from South Africa. Ponelis has begun her appointment this fall semester, 2008, on the UWM campus.

While at SOIS, Ponelis will continue her research in information economics and ethics. This is not her first trip to Milwaukee, however; during November and December 2006 she was a visiting scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee undertaking teaching and research activities. Previously, she was a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Informatics at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Ponelis brings to SOIS her extensive industry experience, namely as a Senior Consultant with Atos KPMG Consulting and an Experienced Consultant with Andersen Business Consulting, specializing in business intelligence and data warehousing. She also held a position with a subsidiary of Barclays Bank in South Africa as a Business Analyst responsible for business intelligence in the retail bank sector.

Ponelis completed a BSc in Mathematical Sciences (1995), a BA Honours (1998) and a Masters degree by dissertation in Information Science (2003) at the University of Pretoria. In 2000 she attended the International Women’s University (ifu) as part of the project area entitled Information in Hamburg, Germany.

As an information economics and ethics scholar, Ponelis has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented several international conferences on information economics with specific reference to information ethics and intellectual property rights and educational aspects. She is a member of a number of professional bodies, namely, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Computing Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR), and the Association of Information Systems (AIS). Ponelis is currently completing a PhD in the area of information economics and ethics under the supervision of Dean Britz.

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