Thomas Rienzo

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Thomas Rienzo (Tom)
Master Faculty Specialist of Business Information Systems
(269) 387-5511
(269) 387-5710
3342 Schneider Hall, Mail Stop 5412
Mailing address: 
Department of Business Information Systems
Haworth College of Business
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5412 USA
  • Ph.D., Western Michigan University
Teaching interests: 
  • Business analytics
  • Business computing
  • Business-driven technology
Research interests: 
  • Disruption effects of software on academia

Dr. Tom Rienzo is a master faculty specialist in business information systems at Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business.

His teaching and research interests are on the disruption effects of software as it grows more powerful and easier to use, and implications of this trend for the academy.  Evolving computational devices act more like consultants than mindless slaves, powered by increasingly clever algorithms and tools of astounding capabilities. His focus is on re-thinking the tasks and activities that create the academic value chains offered to students.

Rienzo has been teaching at WMU since 2002 and has served in the following areas:

  • BIS Scholarship Committee (2013-15)
  • BIS Service Award Committee (2014)
  • BIS Sabbatical Committee (2013-14)
  • Reviewer for the Decision Science Journal of Innovative Education (2012-13)
  • CIS major advisor and CIS-B.A. Advising Committee (2012-15) including as the B.A. track advising coordinator
  • Haworth College of Business Graduate Programs Council (2012-15)
  • Haworth College of Business Sustainability Advisory Council (2013-15)
  • Technical Editor, International Society for for the Comparative Study of Civilizations Journal (2012-15)
  • Haworth College of Business Technology and Learning Committee (2012-14)
  • WMU Research Policies Council (2014)
  • Office of Information Technology E-Learning Committee (2013)
  • CHITA Conference Committee (2011)

Outside of the classroom Rienzo is a CIS advisor for analytics and mentors graduate students teaching the laboratory sections of the Introduction to business computing course.

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