Texas Tech University

Alumni Spotlight: Ying Wang

Kaitlin York

Ying Wang


Ying Wang received her Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the Rawls College this summer under the supervision of Rawls professors, Dr. Jaeki Song, Dr. Miguel Aguirre-Urreta and Dr. Donald Jones. Wang received her MBA from the Rawls College, and prior to coming to Texas Tech, received her bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Wuhan University of Technology in China. She has recently accepted an assistant professorship at Northern Illinois University and will start in the fall. Read the Q&A below to learn more about her journey to becoming a professor.

Why did you decide to become a professor?

I decided to become a professor for several reasons. First, learning, sharing and educating provide me a sense of achievement. Helping students overcome difficulties in their learning process and professional career gives me great satisfaction. Second, I would like to have a job that encourages a life of learning. Teaching and doing research makes me continue to read and investigate concepts than interest me. Third, I enjoy being on a college campus. Being a professor enables me to do all of these things.

What are your research interests and do you have any published work?

My research interests primarily focus on business analytics, adoption and diffusion of technology and text analytics techniques. My work has appeared in journals, such as the Asia Pacific Journal of Information Systems, and has been presented at top conferences, including the Americas Conference on Information Systems, International Conference on Information Systems, IEEE International Conference on Service Systems and Service Management and lastly, the Big XII MIS Symposium.

Why did you decide to accept the professorship at Northern Illinois University?

Northern Illinois University (NIU) is classified as a higher research activity (R2) doctoral university on the Carnegie list of research universities, which means the institution values both teaching and research. As a junior assistant professor, I want to work in a place that supports me in both aspects. NIU's expectations on faculty match my current career goal.

What class will you be teaching at the university?

In Fall 2017, I will teach Data Visualization at the undergraduate level and Big Data Analytics for Business at the graduate level.

How did the Ph.D. program at the Rawls College prepare you for the professorship?

The Ph.D. program at the Rawls College helped me learn how to be an effective teacher and also how to perform scholarly research. Both of these skills are valued by Northern Illinois University. Regarding teaching, I had opportunities to teach courses as an independent instructor. During the process, I learned a lot of teaching knowledge and skills from senior faculty as well as Ph.D. colleagues, including course design, classroom management and group learning. My high teaching evaluations demonstrate my teaching effectiveness. Regarding research, my co-chairs were always supportive and were a tremendous help. They set up role models for me and encouraged me to think as a scholar. Being the first author in all my publications demonstrates that I can take charge of research projects and work with others.

Do you have any advice for current students who want to eventually become a professor?

The Ph.D. journey is long and challenging, but rewarding. It is not a bad idea to have a professional career plan at the beginning, monitor your performance in the process and celebrate your achievements in the end.