SILS Alumna, Dr. Alice S. Etim, Receives the Willie Burke Master Teacher Award

May 12, 2014

Dr. Alice EtimDr. Alice S. Etim (Ph.D. ‘10), alumna of the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and assistant professor of Management Information Systems in the Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems in the School of Business and Economics at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), is the recipient of the WSSU 2013/2014 Willie Burke Master Teacher Award.  She was presented the award, which recognizes faculty who are masterful teachers, during a Faculty Awards Luncheon on April 30, 2014.

The criteria for the award included the faculty member's instructional delivery skills, instructional design skills, content expertise and mentoring personal attributes. Among other items used by the selection committee were the faculty member's CV, student ratings and peer teaching evaluations.

Dr. Etim joined the faculty at Winston-Salem State University in 2010 shortly after receiving her doctorate from SILS. Prior to arriving at WSSU, she was employed for over 12 years as a staff software engineer at IBM Corporation in Research Triangle Park, N.C.  While at IBM, she authored several technical papers for the IBM developerWorks Journal and over 200 IBM internal working papers. Dr. Etim is the recipient of five Bravo/publication awards from IBM Corporation. While a student at SILS, she was also the recipient of the 2010 E. J. Josey award for her essay, “Following in the footsteps of Dr. E. J. Josey: LIS Professionals Collaborating to Fix the Digital Divide in Modern Society.”

At WSSU, she teaches several courses including, Systems Analysis & Design, Web Systems Development, Internet Technology, Project Management and a Liberal Learning Seminar course on Mobile Phones & Technologies (Upward Mobile).

Dr. Etim’s research focuses on information and communication technology (ICT) adoption and use by business organizations and project teams and the Bottom of the pyramid (BOP) populations. She has published several journal articles and book chapters on ICT, mobile commerce (mCommerce), mobile health (mHealth) and applications of mobile technologies for service delivery in other areas including microfinance and sustainable development. She has participated and presented at many academic and business conferences in the U.S.A and Africa.

"I absolutely enjoy teaching," said Dr. Etim. "I allow my students to learn and benefit from my expertise and experience. For example, I know the answer to a question or a problem that I have raised in class for students to discuss. Instead of giving the answer directly to the students, I allow them to reason, discuss and share their thoughts. I probe them to reason using queues, guidelines and related examples so that in the process, they are able to learn different approaches to dealing with the problem as well as gain insight and confidence in sharing their viewpoints. I encourage students to construct meaning based on constant evaluation and active role in the activity. My students explore and discover things for themselves and then I help them to evaluate the knowledge and skills in ways that have lasting benefits and applications. It is a common thing for a student to say to me after a lesson, “Dr. Etim, I got it.”

In addition to being a master teacher, Dr. Etim serves as associate editor for the International Journal of Information and Communication Technology for Research and Development in Africa (IJICTRDA); and she volunteers on the Board of MODISE, Inc. and Jaesons International Foundation.

Dr. Etim received her Ph.D. from SILS, a Master's of Science in Business Information Systems from Mississippi State University, an MBA from Delta State University in Cleveland, MS and a Bachelor of Science in Management Studies at the University of Jos, Nigeria, Africa.

"I am most grateful to SILS for the preparation during my Ph.D., including the opportunity to teach the INLS 521, 'Databases,'" said Dr. Etim. "The faculty as a whole was very supportive and my Advisor, Dr. Daniel who also taught me the 'Ph.D. Teaching Practice' course, was always there to give the guidance that I needed to ensure that my teaching went well."