Jordan Barlow, assistant professor of information systems and decision sciences, earned his bachelor’s and MIS at Brigham Young University, and his doctorate at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. He is co-author of four peer-reviewed journal articles ranging from journal assessments to group decision and negotiation.
Barlow also has served as a small business technology adviser, IT trainer and IT training supervisor.
Why did you pursue the opportunity to join Cal State Fullerton?
When I visited for interviews, I was highly impressed at many levels. The goals and atmosphere of the Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department, Mihaylo College of Business, the university as a whole, and the community of Fullerton impressed me. I was interested in my colleagues’ research and in the teaching goals and opportunities in my department.
What do you most look forward to now that you’re here?
Something about CSUF that I didn’t fully realize before coming was the large impact the institution has on first-generation and underrepresented college students. Being a first-generation college graduate myself, that resonates with me and I’m excited to help others rise to opportunities that they might not have thought possible before.
What areas of continued scholarship and research are of particular interest to you?
Currently, I’m working on, and interested in, research on helping project groups perform better in online settings. What makes a group of people — who don’t see each other face-to-face — work more intelligently and take advantage of individual group member strengths when they face the communication barriers of working online? I’m also excited to bring this research into the classroom, especially in my online classes.
What are some of your outside activities, hobbies or interests?
I love spending time with my wife and two children (ages 5 and 3). We like to explore the Southern California beaches, hike and camp together. I also enjoy classical music and have played the piano for more than 20 years.