Department Chair & Professor
Ph.D., Management Information Systems, Kent State University
M.B.A, Management, Kent State University
M.S., Computer Science, Bowling Green State University
B.S., Mathematics, Bucknell University
Matt McGowan has been at Bradley University since 1995, and has over 10 years of industry experience. He is chair of the Department of Entrepreneurship, Technology, and Law and teaches courses in management information systems (MIS). Dr. McGowan’s research interests include ethical issues of computers and business, electronic textbooks, electronic data interchange (EDI), and pedagogical issues of information technology.
Dr. McGowan is an avid bicyclist, and has logged over 20,000 miles in the past five years. He also enjoys photography, hiking, camping, and zymurgy.
Matt teaches courses in management information systems (MIS), the business application of computers and information. Matt recognizes the importance of both the technology side and people side of information systems. He won the 2001 Foster College of Business Organization Advisor-of-the-Year Award and the 1999 Foster College of Business Midwest Grain Products Teaching Award.
Courses Currently Teaching
- MIS 173 Information Systems and Business Applications
- MIS 374 Database Management & Administration
- MIS 375 Business Systems Analysis/Decisions
- MIS 478 Implementation of Business Computer Systems
Dr. McGowan’s research interests include ethical issues of computers and business, electronic textbooks, electronic data interchange (EDI), and pedagogical issues of information technology. He received a Best Paper Award for the paper, “Pedagogical Strategies for Teaching Moral Minimalism,” at the 2010 International Conference on Learning and Administration in Higher Education. He also received a Best Paper Award for the paper, “Ethical Decision Making and Copying Software: The Impact of the Ideology of Computer Socialists,” in the 2003 volume of Issues in Information Systems.
Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles in the Last Five Years
Stephens, P. R., McGowan, M. K. (2015). Service Convenience: On-Line versus Brick and Mortar Bookstores. International Journal of Information Systems in the Service Sector, 7(3), 1-14.
Stephens, P. R., McGowan, M. K. (in press). College Student Textbook Acquisition - An Exploratory Study. Journal of Learning in Higher Education.
Marcum, T. M., Perry, S. J., McGowan, M. K. (2010). Business Plan Competitions: Whose Line Is It Anyway? Journal of Business and Accounting, 3(1), 4-19.
McGowan, R. J., McGowan, M. K., McGowan, G. J. (2010). Pedagogical Strategies for Teaching Moral Minimalism. Journal of Learning in Higher Education, 6(2), 95-108.
McGowan, M. K. (Presenter & Author), Stephens, P. R. (Author Only), Academic Business World International Conference, "College Student Textbook Acquisition - An Exploratory Study," Nashville, Tennessee. (May, 2014).
McGowan, M. K. (Presenter & Author), Stephens, P. R. (Author Only), Academic Business World International Conference, "Moral Reasoning of College Students Regarding Software Rights," Nashville, Tennessee. (May, 2012).
College & University
In addition to being chair of the Entrepreneurship, Technology, and Law Department and serving on the Foster College of Business Executive Committee, he has served as faculty advisor to the Association for Information Technology Professionals (AITP) since 1999.
He is a member of the Bradley Committee on Academic Technology Excellence (CATE), and is also a committee member of the Bradley Admissions and Retention Committee.
Dr. McGowan has served as a reviewer for the journal, Information Systems Management. He has also been a reviewer for the International Association of Computer Information Systems and Journal of Business Ethics.
He has been a member and chair of the Illinois Valley Central Educational Foundation. He formerly served as a board member and board chair of the Central Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.