27 th Annual Southwestern Business Administration
Teaching Conference

October 24 - 25, 2019

About the Keynote Presenters



Misty V. Decker
PMP, Program Manager, IBM Z Academic Initiative

Technology in Every Class
Most everyone needs some skills in technology in order to do their jobs well, from artists using digital rendering to lawyers programming contracts in a blockchain and even school teachers using analytics to understand student needs. Future job roles will include more and more of these advanced technologies, requiring students to develop T-shaped skills with depth in their major and breadth in a wider variety of topics than ever before. Therefore it is imperative that universities give every student some exposure to modern technologies. But how to do that when technology is changing faster than the speed of curriculum development? In this presentation, Misty Decker will demonstrate some surprising examples of how your students in even non-technical degrees will need to understand modern technologies. She will provide concrete examples of how you can integrate classroom teaching, hands-on projects, independent study, workshops and research partnerships, leveraging industry partnerships to more easily adapt to the changing technical landscape.

Dean PavlouPaul A. Pavlou
Dean of the C.T. Bauer College of Business -University of Houston

Paul is the Cullen Distinguished Chair of Information Sciences. Well researched and published, Paul received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.
He was ranked #1 in the world in publications in the top two Information Systems journals (MISQ & ISR) during 2010-2016. His research has been cited about 41,000 times by Google Scholar, and he was recognized among the “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” by Thomson Reuters based on an analysis of “Highly Cited” authors in Economics & Business for 2002-2012.

Justin Bird

Dr. Justin E. Bird
Associate Professor The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Dr. Justin E. Bird is an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
He is a leader in the field of orthopaedic surgery and specializes in the surgical treatment of complex spine and pelvic tumors. Dr. Bird has a strong clinical practice using 3D and computer-assisted technology for complex tumor resections and rigorously evaluates outcomes as the Director of the Learning Cancer Outcomes Research Program for the Orthopaedic Oncology department.
He also serves as the Division of Surgery Innovation Safety Officer and founding Director of the IDEAS Lab @ MD Anderson.



Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The conference will feature a very special day  to enrich students knowledge on the latest SAP technologies. And prepare graduates with critical skills in demand among companies world wide.  SAP is the market leader in enterprise application software, helping companies of all sizes and in all industries run at their best: 77% of the world’s transaction revenue touches an SAP system.  Bring your students and enhance their academic and career outcomes.  Nominal  student fee Limited seating…register TODAY!