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Evelyn Thrasher

Evelyn Thrasher
- Director, PEAK Program<br>Knicely Faculty Fellow in Leadership<br>Associate Professor - Information Systems


Ph.D., Auburn University, Management Information Systems, 2006

M.B.A., Auburn University, Management Information Systems, 2003

B.S., East Tennessee State University, Mathematics, 1989


Dr. Thrasher has published 20 articles in academic journals, including Decision Support Systems, OMEGA, and Computers in Human Behavior. She has also published 3 book chapters in healthcare analytics books and has a chapter soon to appear in the book, Gender, Communication, and the Leadership Gap, published by the International Leadership Association. She actively shares her research at conferences, having presented her work at over 20 national and international conferences. She specializes in the areas of information systems business value, information systems in healthcare, smart cities, digital communication for leadership, and the use of information technology in education.  Dr. Thrasher serves as the Knicely Faculty Fellow in the Center for Leadership Excellence. In this role, she assists with the planning and delivery of leadership development and training programs for community leaders, business leaders, and nonprofit organizations. In addition, she conducts research on business leadership challenges among mid-level managers. Prior to beginning this role, she was a member of the first cohort of the WKU Faculty Leadership Year (FLY) Program and is a 2015 Faculty Leadership Year Fellow. She also serves as the Director of the Gordon Ford College of Business Professional Education and Knowledge (PEAK) Initiative, in which she leads a college-wide effort to assist students with their professional and career readiness training.  Dr. Thrasher is the 2017 recipient of the Gordon and Glenda Ford Award for Faculty Excellence and a 2016 recipient of the Class of 2020 Award for Engagement.

Areas of Expertise

  • Information Technology Management & Strategy
  • Social Media
  • Data Analysis
  • Online Teaching & Learning

Professional Organizations

  • Association for Information Systems
  • Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
  • Online Learning Consortium
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