Dr. Shana Ponelis has been appointed Assistant Professor in the School of Information Studies (SOIS) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) where she is teaching and expanding research she began while earning a PhD in information technology from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. “I’m very happy to be able to join SOIS in a different capacity and continue working with the students and expanding my contributions,” Ponelis said.
Ponelis has a strong background in consulting and information technology. She previously worked as an IT consultant with Andersen and KPMG Consulting, advising various organizations located in Africa on management information systems and for a major financial institution. “I think the industry experience that I have can really be a benefit to students,” she said. Ponelis was also a senior lecturer with the Department of Informatics at the University of Pretoria before joining UWM as a full time lecturer in 2009.
Her research focuses on how information is handled and used to make decisions by a variety of businesses. “In my doctoral research I looked at how small businesses use information for decision making, so I’m hoping to expand on that and also look more broadly at how information technology is adopted in organization and in communities,” Ponelis said. “It’s very interesting for me to see how it differs between large businesses and how the challenges are also the same with small businesses.”