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Lorraine Willoughby
Business Information Technology Department

Excellence in teaching

Lorraine Willoughby, a professor of business information technology, embodies the concept of "excellence in teaching." In 1987, she began her teaching career at Minot State University by filling in part time; she moved into a tenure-track position in 1989. Willoughby was the 2002 recipient of the MSU Board of Regents Faculty Achievement award and the 2002 U.S. Professor of the Year for North Dakota. The U.S. Professors of the Year program salutes the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the country—those who excel in teaching and positively influence the lives and careers of students. Sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, it is the only national program to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring.

"Teaching has always been my passion," Willoughby said. "I thoroughly enjoy sharing my knowledge with my students and get great pleasure when they return to campus and visit me.

Willoughby teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in management information systems on campus and online. She believes students learn best by applying concepts learned in class to real-world projects. To facilitate this, she continues to collaborate with many local and statewide businesses.

In addition to being the program director for the Master of Science in information systems and Master of Education in business education, she is the director of the Job Corps Executive Management Program. The JCEMP, which is tailored for junior to midlevel Job Corps managers who aspire to be center directors, is the only program of its kind in the country.

Willoughby completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of North Dakota and received a doctorate from Utah State University, Logan, Utah. She has chaired several College of Business and campus committees. Her professional affiliations include the International Association for Computers Information Systems, Association for Computing Machinery, Pi Omega and Delta Pi Epsilon. Currently, she is vice president for IACIS’ board of directors and its conference chair. Her research interests comprise teaching methodology and delivery methods as applied to information-technology courses, mobile technologies, and collaborative tools.