Debra Burleson

Assistant Director PhD Program - Information Systems
Clinical Associate Professor - Information Systems

Contact Information

Campus Phone:  (254) 710-4752
Fax:  (254) 710-1091
Mailing Address:  One Bear Place #98005
Waco, TX  76798-8005
Office Location:  Foster Business and Innovation 310.08

Office Hours

Mondays 8:30-11:30
Tuesdays 8:30-11:30

Educational Background

  • PHD - English, Texas Tech University
  • EDM - Education, Texas Tech University
  • BBA - Basic Business, Baylor University

Work Experience

  • Assistant Director, MIS PhD Program, Information Systems, Baylor University (January 2013 - Present)


  • Academic, , Atlanta, GA (March 2009 - Present)
  • Academic, Capstone Publishing Services (January 1, 2009 - March 1, 2009)
  • Non-Profit, Compassion Ministries (May 2008 - October 2008)
  • Grant Writing, Compassion Ministries (November 2007 - May 2010)

Awards and Honors

  • University Teaching Grant, Academy of Teaching and Learning (December 10, 2012)

Professional Memberships

  • AIS (August 2014 - Present)
  • American Medical Writers Association
  • Association for Business Communication
  • IEEE
  • NCTE (National Conference of Teachers of English)


Applied or Integration/Application Scholarship

"The Hospitalist Model—Are Hospitals Informing Patients?," Communication Design Quarterly, Vol. 3, No. 4, (August 2015), pp. pgs. 50-60 (coauthors: Lisa Meloncon, Erin A. Frost).

Basic or Discovery Scholarship

"“Communication Challenges in the Hospital Setting: A Comparative Case Study of Hospitalists’ and Patients’ Perceptions”," Journal of Business and Technical Communication, Vol. 28, No. 2, (April 2014).

Teaching and Learning Scholarship

"Using Delicious for Shared Knowledge in Apologia Project," (Fall 2010).

Applied or Integration/Application Scholarship

""Barriers to New Technology for K-12 Teachers"," (2004).

Teaching and Learning Scholarship

""Research Paper Style Manual and Writer's Guide"," (2000).

Presentations and Proceedings

Teaching and Learning Scholarship

"PDS: Do Academic Curricula Satisfy Healthcare Industry Professional Knowledge and Skills Requirements?," Proceedings of the AMCIS 2016, San Diego, CA, August 2016.

Basic or Discovery Scholarship

Chipidza, W., Leidner, D., & Burleson, D. (2016, January). Why Companies Change Privacy Policies: A Principal-Agent Perspective. In 2016 49th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) (pp. 4849-4858). IEEE.

Applied or Integration/Application Scholarship

"Why Companies Change Privacy Policies: a Principal-Agent Perspective," Proceedings of the Annual International Meeting, Kauai, Hawaii, January 2016 (coauthors: Wallace Chipidza, Dorothy E. Leidner).

"Medical Imaging and Images: The Visual Culture of Healthcare," presented at the 2015 CCCC Conference, Tampa, Florida, March 2015.

Teaching and Learning Scholarship

"Tweet Yourself to a Job," presented at the ABC International Conference, Philadelphia, October 2014.
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