Jennifer Gerow has exercised a great deal of discipline in her young academic career. So, it’s no surprise that when she was hired by her current employer, which demands discipline, it would be a good fit.

The Clemson University Ph.D. in Management (2011) has taken business technology to another level at Virginia Military Institute, and was recently recognized for those efforts, among others, in receiving the Association for Information Systems’ (AIS) Early Career Award, which was established in 2014.

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Clemson alumna Jennifer Gerow teaches business technology and leadership at Virginia Military Institute.
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AIS is a professional association for those who lead research, teaching, practice, and study of information systems worldwide. Among the attributes AIS cited in bestowing Gerow the award were her innovation, creativity, strong research acumen and classroom engagement.

“It’s indeed an honor to receive the AIS award, and to teach at an institution like VMI, which puts a strong emphasis on discipline, honor and respect, inside and outside of the classroom, Maj. Gerow said.

A major within VMI’s faculty ranking system, Gerow said the culture at the 1,600 student military-oriented school has been a natural fit for how she rolls. “It’s a very special place to work. Respect, honor and leadership are woven into the VMI fabric, and it’s a good match for me. I am rules-oriented in the classroom and find great comfort in teaching where an organizational structure is embraced.”

Col. Robert Moreschi, head of VMI’s Economics and Business Department, who nominated Gerow for the AIS award, described her as an “outstanding, energetic and creative teacher, and a scholar of the highest order, having research of a caliber of faculty at top-tier institutions.”

Gerow, an expert in information systems and business management, developed two new elective courses since arriving at VMI in 2011, both of which teach cadets to apply their learning to real-world scenarios. “Web 2.0 for Business” teaches how companies utilize social networks for profit, and “Business Leadership” emphasizes the importance of leadership in one’s personal and professional lives.

“Both of the courses have practical applications regardless of the world you operate in – business or military,” Gerow said. “Social networking certainly has an appeal to Gen Yers’ personal lives, but it has serious implications in the business world. And learning how to be a good leader is important whether you’re in the military, or a corner office.”

Though VMI is an undergraduate-only teaching school, Gerow credits the Lexington, Va., institution for giving her the time to do research. “The flexibility the administration has shown here is one reason I received the AIS award, because it required research. I really have the best of all worlds here.”

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