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Association of Information Technology Professionals: Join AITP for networking, study help, volunteer opportunities and real-world IT applications.

Information Systems Research Institute: Find opportunities for sponsored research, innovative teaching initiatives, internships and faculty development.

Information Systems Alumni Association: Connect with other VCU information systems alumni for networking, professional development and community building.


1) Produce well-rounded, ethical information systems graduates who blend business acumen, technology skills, and knowledge to meet the needs of our constituents and who are prepared for lifelong learning;

2) Nurture and sustain scholars who make major and distinctive contributions to the information systems discipline emphasizing design and qualitative research; and

3) Sustain and develop value-based information systems contributions to meaningful community engagement.


Dual accreditation

We’re one of only a few departments in the country to be accredited by both the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. This dual accreditation highlights our commitment to preparing you for both the technical and managerial sides of information systems. 

Hands-on learning

A rarity among IS programs, our department has its own servers, running Apache™ Hadoop(R) and Cloudera. This cutting-edge technology enables us to provide timely instruction, produce highly competitive graduates and conduct seminal research. 

Internships for Credit

Designed for bachelor's and certificate students ready to begin a full time career in information technology. Students work a minimum of 20 hours per week for the semester in an information systems environment, with both faculty and employer supervision. More than 60% of past employers have offered their interns full-time jobs. If you are interested in applying to take this course, please contact the Information Systems Department directly for a link to the application.

INFO 16x Courses

INFO16X is a series of six digital literacy courses taught online. These are prerequisites for some School of Business courses and are requirements of the business foundation program.

Advisory board

Our department’s advisory board includes alumni and information systems leaders at local companies who advise the department on hiring trends and help focus our strategic direction.

  • Diane Schnupp (Chair)
    Chief Information Officer
    Kinsale Insurance

  • Cheri Spence (Vice Chair)
    Former Chief Information Officer
    ChildFund International

  • Christopher Saneda
    Senior Executive Vice President
    & Chief Operating Officer, Virginia Credit Union

  • Donald Jones 
    Vice President of Information Technology 
    Luck Companies 

  • David Burhop
    General Assemble Division of Legislative 
    Automated Systems

  • Shamim Mohammad 
    Senior Vice President/Chief Information Officer

  • Brenna Haley Doherty 
    Strategic Consultant
    SyCom Technologies 

  • Rich Pollack 
    Former Vice President/Chief Information Officer
    VCU Health Systems

  • Mark Morton
    Morton Consulting

  • Paul Hurlocker
    Vice President
    Capital One

  • Alex Tulchinsky
    Chief Technology Officer
    United Network for Organ Sharing

  • Megan Healy
    Chief Workplace Development Advisor
    Office of Governor Ralph Northam

  • Jimmy Chou
    Chief Executive Officer
    Single Stone

  • Terri Helfrich
    Director of Cyber Security

  • Rick Davis
    Principal Corrections SME &
    Corrections Vertical Marketing Director, Mi-Case



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Contact us

Department of Information Systems
Snead Hall, Room B4210
(804) 828-1737

Jeff Smith, Ph.D.
(804) 827-1534

Alexis Spain, M.ED.
Program manager
(804) 827-7428

Faculty and staff

2019-2020 School of Business Department of Information Systems Award Winners [View Image]

2019-2020 School of Business Department of Information Systems Award Winners

Monday, May 4

Each year the VCU School of Business departments recognize the outstanding achievements of select students.

Coronavirus Updates [View Image]

Coronavirus Updates

Wednesday, March 11

View VCU's latest COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates and Resources.

Welcome New Faculty [View Image]

Welcome New Faculty

Thursday, September 26

The VCU School of Business is pleased to welcome an outstanding group of new faculty!

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Quick Facts

We are one of the few departments in the country to be accredited by both the AACSB and ABET.

Enrollment has increased every year for the past three consecutive academic years.

Our department has its own servers, a rarity among academic IS programs.

Donor support has increased by more than 200 percent over that last two years.

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