Beata Jones

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Post-Doctoral Position: Professor of Professional Practice in Business Information Systems, Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, TX

At the age of 16, while a sophomore in high school, I fell in love with artificial intelligence. Little did I know that this passion for technology would be a driving force for the rest of my life. I moved to New York from Warsaw, Poland, to pursue an undergraduate and graduate education at Baruch College, where I obtained a B.B.A. degree in Computer Information Systems and an M.S. in Operation Systems at the same time. Following graduation, I started the Ph.D. Program in Computer Science at the CUNY Graduate Center, where I discovered my other love – academia. The academy not only allowed me to feed my passion for technology, but it also permitted me to share that passion with others. The ability to empower generations of students has been the most precious gift I have received from the CUNY Graduate Center.

My fondest memories while in the program are those of my mentor, Dr. Linda Friedman, who inspired and supported me throughout the master’s thesis and the dissertation project. After a challenging start on a different path towards my dissertation, I changed the course and found an exciting project with Dr. Friedman, focusing on group support systems. She offered her mentorship, collaboration on projects, connections, and helped me navigate through the doctoral program and into a professional career, building confidence along the way. She was and is someone I admire and consider a dear friend. We still stay connected, after so many years.

Following a couple of years at Long Island University, C.W. Post, in New York after graduation, I moved to Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, where I have been for almost 30 years. Throughout my career, I have held various academic and administrative roles, including a Fulbright Scholarship to the Warsaw School of Economics. Currently, I serve as a Professor of Professional Practice in Business Information Systems, teaching courses related to Systems Analysis and Design, Programming, and interdisciplinary colloquia involving information technology, e.g., SXSW Interactive TCU: Learning to Change the World through Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. Every day I work with bright and motivated students who challenge me to learn along them. My research focuses on behavioral IT, exploring issues of privacy, security, and ethics in AI, IoT, and sharing economy. Outside of IT, I am an avid advocate for honors education and innovative pedagogies.

CUNY Graduate Center helped me develop the growth mindset and grit, which brought so many wonderful opportunities to pursue my passions in life, for which I am eternally grateful.