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Meet the Professor: Deanna House

Tuesday, May 24 2016 12:00am

From information technology to teaching, House found her niche in management information systems.

Tags: MIS

By Brianna Wilson

Deanna House BwsWhen most people think of an information technology (IT) occupation, a lonely desk and computer might come to mind. But if you think that’s how Deanna House, assistant professor of management information systems spends her time, you’d be highly mistaken.

Early in her career, House actually did spend a lot of time behind a desk—but quickly learned that she was “more interested in the people aspect of IT.” After returning to school to focus specifically on management information systems, she found herself at Ohio University’s College of Business—and has been here since.

“As part of the interview process, I met with students, and that was it,” she said. “It was clear how much they love the program and their professors, and there’s a strong community of Bobcats here and in companies; the network is amazing.”

House also enjoys the research component of her job. “I look at security, social engineering, and mobile application privacy,” she said. For example, she’s examined why undergraduate students click on links in phishing emails, and how emotions like fear play into their decision-making.

“I integrate my findings into the classroom to enrich the learning experience,” she explained. “Students seem to enjoy it, and it better prepares them for the future.”

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Five pressing questions for House

Do you have a favorite place to eat in Athens or on campus? 

“Chipotle. It’s fast, it’s cheap, and it’s close [to Copeland].”

Do you have a favorite spot on Ohio University’s campus?

“Founder’s Park.” 

Which season do you like best in Athens? 

“Fall. It’s fun when the students come back, everything is happening, and it’s not humid outside.” 

What events have you enjoyed in Athens?

“I’ve enjoyed the football games.”

What have you liked most about working with students and faculty at Ohio University’s College of Business?

“I like how approachable everybody is. The students have an open dialogue with their professors—myself included—and that’s a neat atmosphere to be part of.”