Dr. Carolyn Holton

Professor of Management Information Systems cfholton@seu.edu

Degrees Earned

BBA, The George Washington University
MBA, Duke University
PhD, University of South Florida


Dr. Carolyn Holton spent her early career at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, where she worked with commercial posts around the world and counseled U.S.-based businesses. Later, she worked across Nortel’s broad telecommunications portfolio in domestic and international geographic regions, dealing with a number of major customers in marketing, communication, and strategic planning roles. Her innovative technology applications at Nortel were featured in Fast Company and other business magazines in several countries.

Dr. Holton first brought her corporate experience to the classroom at a small liberal arts college before moving to the Information Systems and Decision Sciences department at the University of South Florida. Now bringing her expertise and experience to Southeastern University, she teaches traditional, hybrid, and online undergraduate and graduate courses in management information systems, including introductory courses, data communications, and e-commerce (a marketing course with a heavy information systems component). She also works with Southeastern’s information systems interns.

Dr. Holton researches various aspects of computer-mediated communications systems, with particular emphasis on the impacts of system monitoring and the use of these systems in detecting and deterring fraud. Her work has been published in Decision Support Systems, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, and other journals, and it has been presented at numerous conferences. She was invited to attend the International Conference on Information Systems doctoral consortium, and she is a recipient of both the doctoral research award from the University of South Florida and the best paper award from Americas Conference on Information Systems, among other honors.

Dr. Holton describes the field of management information systems as the crossroads of technology and people, and she believes that its technological foundation is dependent on the order of God’s creation. Employing MIS, therefore, entails understanding people’s hard-to-enunciate organizational needs, often enabling those in MIS professions to serve needs that most people don’t realize they have. Both in the classroom and through internships, Dr. Holton enjoys seeing students discover that MIS isn’t so much about cubes and computers as it is about people and processes. She believes that information systems is a perfect playground for Christians who like Facebook, smartphones, and technology in general.