Alanah Mitchell


Alanah Mitchell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Information Sytems, Drake University

I am an Associate Professor of Information Systems in the Department of Information Management and Business Analytics in the College of Business and Public Administration at Drake University. Prior to joining Drake, I was a faculty member at Appalachian State University. My Ph.D. is in Information Technology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I hold a master's degree in E-Commerce from Creighton University and a bachelor's degree in both Computer Information Systems and Marketing from Simpson College.

I am actively involved in the information systems and technology research community. My research focuses on collaboration through the use of technology and best practices for managing and using collaboration technologies in virtual and face-to-face teams. My secondary stream of study is related to e-commerce, specifically web design and usability. My third stream of research is in the area of information systems pedagogy and collaborative learning. I have published in such journals as Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Communications of the Association for Information Systems, Data Base for Advances in Information Systems, International Journal of e-Collaboration, and American Journal of Business, as well as others. I am a member of both the Association for Information Systems (AIS) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

I enjoy teaching and have taught the traditional "Introduction to Information Systems" course a number of times, as well as "Information Technology Innovations/Emerging Information Technologies," "Web Development and E-commerce," "Database Management," and "Global Information Technology/Managing in a Digital World" courses.

I am active in a number of academic service activities, including serving as the President for the AIS Special Interest Group on IT Project Management from 2013-2016 as well as serving as one of the Program Co-Chairs for AMCIS 2016 in San Diego. I am currently serving as the Associate Vice President of Conference Management Systems for AMCIS as well as a Program Co-Chair for the Midwest Association for Information Systems (MWAIS) 2020 Conference in Des Moines, IA.

Prior to my academic career, I worked as a web developer for Hayneedle. I also worked in the IT department at Vermeer Manufacturing.

Personally, I enjoy spending time with my husband and children. I also enjoy traveling, reading, cooking, and yoga.

My full curriculum vita can be found here.