Faculty Profiles

Faculty Profiles

Becker, Annie

University Professor of Information Systems, University Professor

Dr. S. Ann (Annie) Becker is a University Professor of Information Systems at Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech). During her twenty plus years in academia, Dr. Becker has held executive, administrative, and faculty positions at Florida Tech. She recently served as Senior Vice President for Research with a focus on developing an infrastructure of support for key research initiatives. Prior, Dr. Becker served as Dean of the Bisk College of Business in pursuit of strategic initiatives in entrepreneurship and innovation, online learning and extended programs, ethics and leadership, and business school accreditation. She also served as Associate Dean of Research and Academic Chair of business online undergraduate and graduate programs. She served in directorship positions for the National Center for Small Business Information and the Center for Entrepreneurship and New Business Development and as co-director of the Software Engineering Research Center.

Dr. Becker has developed curricula for information systems, software engineering, and innovation and entrepreneurship degree programs. She has extensive experience teaching courses on campus, off-site, and online at undergraduate and graduate levels. As a researcher, she has produced over 100 publications, received research awards of $1.5 million, and served as the Principal Investigator on projects totaling $3.3 million.

Dr. Becker was conferred the title of University Professor, a distinction by Florida Tech’s President and Provost, while holding a joint appointment in the Computer Science Department and the Bisk College of Business at Florida Tech. Dr. Becker has previously held tenured positions as a full professor at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, and as an associate professor at American University, Washington D.C.

Dr. Becker holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Information Systems from the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. She holds an MBA and a B.S. in Management from the G. R. Herberger College of Business, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota, and a Graduate Certificate in Contract Management from the Bisk College of Business, Florida Tech, Melbourne. Florida.

Educational Background

B.S. Management - G R. Herberger College of Business, St.Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota.

M.B.A. - G R. Herberger College of Business, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota.

M.S. Information Systems - Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.

Ph.D. Information Systems - Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.

Graduate Certificate, Contract Management, Florida Tech, Melbourne, Florida.

Current Courses

Undergraduate (most recent):

- Database Management Systems.

- Introduction to Management Information Systems.

- Information Systems Senior Project.

Graduate (most recent):

- Database Management Technology (online)

- Introduction to Information Security Management (online)

- MBA Entrepreneurship and Managing Innovation (campus, team taught)

- MBA Essentials of Business Development (campus, team taught)

Professional Experience

Positions Held:

• University Professor of Information Systems, Bisk College of Business, Florida Tech, Melbourne, Florida, May 2018 to present.

• Senior Vice President for Research, Florida Tech, Melbourne, Florida, July 2016 to May 2018.

• Dean, Nathan M. Bisk College of Business, Florida Tech, Melbourne, Florida, May 2011 to July 2016.

• Associate Dean of Research for the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business, Florida Tech, Melbourne, Florida, August 2008 to May 2011.

• University Professor of Information Systems and Computer Science, joint appointment in Nathan M. Bisk College of Business and College of Engineering, Florida Tech, Melbourne, Florida, June 2004 to May 2011.

• Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and New Business Development, Florida Tech, Melbourne, Florida, June 2009 - May 2011.

• Principal Investigator of the Women's Business Center, Florida Tech, Melbourne, Florida,  2007 to 2012.

• Academic Chair of the undergraduate Computer Information Systems and MBA concentrations in Information Technology Management and Internet Marketing Florida Tech University Online, August 2009 to May 2011.

• Full Professor of Computer Information Systems with tenure, College of Business Administration, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, August 2002 to May 2005. (Leave of absence for 2004-2005.)

• Full Professor of Computer Science and Co-director of the Center for Software Engineering Research, College of Engineering, Florida Tech, Melbourne, Florida, May 2000 to May 2002.

• Associate Professor of Computer Science and Co-director of the Center for Software Engineering Research, College of Engineering, Florida Tech, Melbourne, Florida, August 1998 to May 2000.

• Associate Professor of Information Systems with tenure, College of Arts and Sciences, American University, Washington, DC, September 1994 to May 2000. (Leave of absence for 1998-2000.)

• Assistant Professor of Information Systems, College of Arts and Sciences, American University, Washington, DC, September 1989 to August 1994.

• Associate Programmer in Systems Integration Division, IBM Corporation, Gaithersburg, Maryland, 1988 to 1989.

Awards:

• Recipient, Joan Bixby Women’s History Award in recognition of enhancing the climate for women’s participation and development at Florida Institute of Technology, March 2007.

• Best Paper Award, International Conference of Information Resource Management Association, May 2005.

• Recipient, Joan Bixby Women’s History Award in recognition of enhancing the climate for women’s participation and development at Florida Institute of Technology, May 2005.

• Recipient, Northern Arizona University’s Mark Layton Award for Research Excellence, 2002 and 2004.

• Alternate, Fulbright Scholar Stockholm Information Technology Chair in Sweden, 2002-2003.

• The East Central Florida Memory Disorder Clinic Research Award, October 1999.

• The Anbar Golden Page Award for journal with the most original content, as editor of the Journal of Database Management, 1999.

Editorial Activities:

• Associate Editor, Journal of Electronic Commerce in Organizations, IGI Global, 2002 to present.

• Associate Editor, Journal of Database Management, IGI Global, 2000 to present.

• Editorial Advisory Board Member, International Journal of e-Business Management, RMIT Publishing, 2007 to present.

• Editorial Review Board Member, Journal of Computer Information Systems, Emerald Group, 2003 to present.

Service Activities:

• Program Co-chair, National Conference on Innovations in Government Accountability and Performance, Melbourne, Florida, 2009.

• Program Committee Member, International Association of Science and Technology for Development Conference on Telehealth, 2006 to 2010.

• Program Committee Member, National Conference on Digital Government Research, 2004 to 2005.

• Program Committee Member, International Conference on Business Information Systems (BIS), Poznan, Poland, 2005 to 2006.

• Program Committee Member, Annual Workshops on Human-Computer Interaction Research in Management Information Systems, 2003 to present.

• Program Committee Member, International CaiSE/IFIP Workshop on Evaluation of Modeling Methods in Systems Analysis and Design (EMMSAD) 1999 to present.

Presentations and Panels:

• Invited Participant, U.S. Department of Labor, Roundtable, "Green and Nontraditional Resources and Opportunities for Women", Melbourne, Florida, October, 2009.

• Presenter, "Blogging Basics for Online Marketing Success". Positioning Your Business for Success: Business Expo and Conference, Melbourne, Florida, March 5, 2008.

• The Engaged Scholar Speaker, World Usability Day and Fifth Annual Usability and Accessibility Conference at Michigan State University, November 8, 2007.

• Invited Speaker, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Special Initiatives and Demonstrations, Region 3 Discretionary Roundtable, “The Road to Success” Plenary Session, Atlanta, GA, June 2007.

• Technical Expert Panelist, "Barriers and Drivers of Health IT Use for the Elderly, Chronically Ill, and Underserved", Evidence-based Practice Center, Oregon Health and Science University, October 19, 2007.

• Presenter and Poster Session, "Technology Components of Handheld and Web Interfaces for Caregivers and Families", Everyday Technologies for Alzheimer Care (ETAC) Third Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, October 2006.

• Workshop Participant, Second Human-Centered Computing Workshop, National Science Foundation, Arlington, Virginia, September 2006.

• Poster Session, "Buddy Computer Coordinated Healthcare System", Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Patient Safety and Health IT Second Annual Conference, Washington DC, June 2006.

• Poster Session, "PocketPC Technology to Promote Quality of Life for Alzheimer Patients and Caregivers", Everyday Technologies for Alzheimer Care (ETAC) Second Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon, September 2005.

• Presenter, "Web Accessibility for Older Adults", 2004 National Conference on Digital Government Research, Seattle, Washington, May 2004.

Additional Duties

• Academic Dean of Research, Nathan M. Bisk College of Business, Florida Tech, Melbourne, Florida, June 2004 to 2011.

• Director, Center for Entrepreneurship and New Business Development, Florida Tech, Melbourne, Florida, June 2004 to 2011.

• Principal Investigator, Women's Business Center, Florida Tech, Melbourne, Florida, October 2007 to 2012.

• Academic Chair, Florida Tech University Online undergraduate Computer Information Systems and MBA concentrations in Information Technology Management and Internet Marketing, August 2009 to 2011.

Current Research

• Women-owned small businesses in the procurement marketplace.

• Technology innovation and entrepreneurship.

• Electronic government usability.

• Assistive technologies for older adults.

• Web usability for older adults.

Selected Publications

Selected Books:

Becker, S. A., and Niebuhr, R.(2010). Editors, Cases on Technology Innovation: Entrepreneurial Successes and Pitfalls. Hershey, PA: Business Science Reference.

Becker, S. A. (2007). Editor, E-commerce: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications. Four Volume Series. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Selected Chapters:

Becker, S. A., Keimer, R. F., and Muth, T. (2010). A Case on University and Community Collaboration: The Sci-Tech Entrepreneurial Technical Services (ETS) Program. In S. A. Becker and R. Niebuhr (Eds.), Cases on Technology Innovation: Entrepreneurial Successes and Pitfalls. Hershey, PA: Business Science Reference, 68-90.

Becker, S. A. (2010). Social Networking for Distance Caregiving and Aging in Place: A Case on Web 2.0 Technologies for Virtual Support. In S. A. Becker and R. Niebuhr (Eds.), Cases on Technology Innovation: Entrepreneurial Successes and Pitfalls. Hershey, PA: Business Science Reference, 209-234.

Becker, S. A. (2008). Accessibility of Federal Electronic Government. In H. Chen, L. Brandt, V. Gregg, R. Traunmller, S. Dawes, E. Hovy, A. Macintosh, and C. A. Larson (Eds.), Digital Government: Advanced Research and Case Studies. New York, NY: Springer, 141-155.

Becker, S. A.(2007). An Overview of Electronic Commerce. E-commerce: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Selected Journals:

Becker, S.A., Carstens, D., and Linton, T. M. (2010). Heuristic Evaluation of State Electronic Government to Promote Usability for Citizens of All Ages. Journal of Management & Engineering Integration, (3)2, 24-31.

Becker, S.A., and Webbe, F. (2010). A Study on Older Adult Usability of Handheld Technology for Aging Caregivers as Part of a Virtual Support System. Issues in Innovation Journal, 4(2).

Carstens, D., and Becker, S. A. (2009). A Heuristic Study on the Usability of State Government Performance Data Web Sites. Issues in Innovation Journal, 4(1).

Becker, S. A., and Miller-Kermani, D. (2009). Women-Owned Small Businesses in Government Procurement: Business Supply-side and Government Demand-side Disparity Issues. Contract Management, August.

Sonnenberg, C., and Becker, S. A., (2009). A Case Study on Results-Oriented Graphic User Interface Design for Handheld Devices. Journal of Management and Engineering Integration, 1(2), 104-109.

Becker, S. A., and Miller-Kermani, D.(2008). An Overview of Women-owned Small Businesses in the Federal Procurement Market. Journal of Contract Management, Summer, 131-139.

Becker, S.A., and Webbe, F. (2008). The Potential of Hand-held Assistive Technology to Improve Safety for Elder Adults Aging in Place. In K. Henriksen, J. B. Battles, M. A. Keyes, and D. I. Lewin (Eds.), Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches, Bethesda, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), 107-119.

Becker, S. A., and Webbe, F. (2008). Emerging Technologies for Aging in Place. In N. Wickramasinghi and E. Geisler (Eds.), Encyclopedia for Information Technology Healthcare. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Mahoney, D., Purtilo, R., Webbe, F., Alwan, M., Barucha, A., Adlam, T., Jimison, H., Turner, B., Becker, S. A. (2007). In Home Monitoring of Persons With Dementia: Ethical Guidelines for Technology Research and Development. Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association, 3(3), 217-226.

Becker, S. A. (2007). Web Accessibility and Compliance Issues. In M. Khosrow-Pour (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology (2nd ed.). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Becker, S. A. (2007). Dot Gov Success in the Online Market Place, editorial preface. Journal of Electronic Commerce in Organizations, 5(3), i-iii.

Becker, S. A. (2005). Potential Trust Barriers in U.S. State E-Government Privacy Policies. Electronic Government, 2(3), 334-352.

Becker, S. A. (2005). PDA Usability for Telemedicine Support. In C. Ghaoui (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Human Computer Interaction (457-462). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Becker, S. A. (2005). Research Alert: Seeking Online Health Resources: A Study of Web Usability for Older Adults. ACM Interactions, 12(1), 57-58.

Becker, S. A. (2005). Web Usability: Historical Perspective, Definition and Critical Issues. In M. Khosrow-Pour (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology (3074-3078). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Becker, S. A. (2005). Technical Opinion: E-government Usability for Older Adults. Communications of the ACM, 48(2), 102-104.

Becker, S. A. (2004). A Study of Web Usability for Older Adults Seeking Online Health Resources. ACM Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction, 11(4), 387-406.

Becker, S. A. (2004). A Usability Study of Internet Privacy Policies for State and Commercial Web Sites. International Journal of Systems and Standards, 1(1), 52-68.

Becker, S. A. (2004). A Case Study on the Security Assessment of GlobalUBid.Com. Journal of Electronic Commerce in Organizations, 2(4), 1-19.

Becker, S. A. (2004). E-government Visual Accessibility for Older Adult Users. Social Science Computer Review, 22(1), 11-23.

Becker, S. A. (2004). Architectural Accessibility and Reading Complexity of U.S. State E-government for Older Adult Users. Electronic Government Journal, 1(2), 115-129.

Selected Proceedings:

Becker, S. A., and Carstens, D. (2011). An Exploratory Study of State Government Use of Social Media, Proceedings of the Seventeenth International Conference on Industry, Engineering, and Mangement Systems, Cocoa Beach, Florida, 24-31.

Becker, S. A., and Keimer, R. (2010). A Study on the Implementation of a Novel Entrepreneurial Training Services Program Proceedings of the Sixteenth International Conference on Industry, Engineering, and Management Systems, Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Sonnenberg, C., and Becker, S. A. (2008). A Case Study on Results-Oriented Graphic User Interface Design for Handheld Devices, Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Conference on Industry, Engineering, and Management Systems, Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Becker, S. A., and Webbe, F. (2007). A Usability Framework for the Design of Assistive Technology. Proceedings of the 2007 Information Resource Management Association International Conference.

Becker, S. A., and Webbe, F. (2006). Use of Handheld Technology by Older Adult Caregivers as Part of a Virtual Support Network. Proceedings of the First International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, Innsbruck, Austria, December, [online].

Becker, S. A., and Webbe, F. (2006). Designing for Older Users of Handheld Technologies. Proceedings of the 28th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference, New York City, New York, August, 3297-3300.

Becker, S. A., and Miller-Kermani, D. (2006). Web Accessibility of Small Business Electronic Government Resources, Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on Industry, Engineering, and Management Systems, Cocoa Beach, Florida, March, [online].

Becker, S. A. (2005). Using Handheld Technology to Monitor Diabetes in Remote Communities. Best Paper Award. Proceedings of the 2005 Information Resource Management Association International Conference, San Diego, California, May, 432-435.

Articles, Posters, and Presentations:

Carstens, D., and Becker, S.A. (2011). A Usability Model for Government Web Sites, HCI International 2011, poster publication, July 9-14, 2011, Orlando, FL.

Becker, S. A., Miller-Kermani, D., and Doss, S. (2011). Technology Toolbox for Small Businesses. Space Coast Business, January.

Becker, S. A., and Miller-Kermani, D. (2010). Gaining Ground in the Federal Procurement Marketplace. Space Coast Business, October.

Becker, S. A., and Miller-Kermani D. (2010). Women Entrepreneurs on the Rise. Space Coast Business, September.

Becker, S. A. (2008). Dreams Can Come True for Enterprising Women. Space Coast Business, February.

Webbe, F., and Becker, S. A. (2007). Innovative Technology Offers a Helping Hand at Home. Care ADvantage, (publication of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America), Spring 2007, pp. 20-22.

Becker, S. A. (2005). Women and Government Contracting: The Time Is Now. Guest Editorial. Space Coast Women, May 18 - June 15, p. 3.