Dawit H. Demissie, Ph.D.

[Dawit H. Demissie, Ph.D.]Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Computer Science Program Director

Email: demisd@sage.edu
Phone: 518- 292-1908
Office: Albany Campus, Froman Hall 107

Degree Information

Ph.D., Informatics, University at Albany, State University New York (SUNY)
M.S., Telecommunication & Network Management, Syracuse University
B.A., Computer/Information Science, State University of New York at Oswego

Biography

I am currently an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Program Director for the Computer Information Systems (CIS) and Information Technology (IT) programs at The Sage Colleges. As CIS/IT Program Director, I am responsible for managing an effective curriculum, including the scheduling of courses; handling program staff and adjunct faculty, including recruitment, development, performance evaluation; monitoring student affairs and undergraduate advising; liaising between the college administration and program faculty, and representing the interests of the program both inside and outside the college.

Previously, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the College of Computing & Information, University at Albany (SUNY). I have also served as a Lecturer/Instructor/Course Developer at the State University of New York at Oswego, Hudson Valley Community College, Excelsior College and Syracuse University. I have been an IT consultant at various agencies in New York.

While working at The Sage Colleges, I recently received the faculty of the year award for Excellence in Teaching and Academic Advising. At University of Albany, I received the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2011.

I have published and presented in major journals and conference proceedings. My research interests include the use/adoption/impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs), e-Government (electronic-Governance), learning technologies, and social and mobile computing. I regularly review for a number of conferences and journals in the information systems and computer science discipline.

Research Publications & Presentations

Journal Articles - Published/In Press (Refereed)

Rorissa, A., & Demissie, D. (2010). An analysis of African e-Government service websites, Government Information Quarterly, 27(2), 161-169.

Rorissa, A., Demissie, D., & Pardo, T. (2011). Benchmarking e-Government: A comparison of frameworks for computing e-Government index and ranking. Government Information Quarterly, 28(3), 354-362.

Potnis, D., & Demisie, D. (In press). Modeling failures of e-Governance in Africa: Lessons for policymakers from “Barriers to socio-economic opportunities in Africa” project, Journal of Applied Public Policy.

Book Chapters:

Rorissa, A., Demissie, D., Gharawi, M. (2011). A descriptive analysis of contents of Asian e- government websites. In: Ed Downey, Carl D. Ekstrom, & Matthew A. Jones (Eds.), E-Government Website Development: Future Trends and Strategic Models (pp. 102-116). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Rorissa, A., Potnis, D., & Demissie, D. (2010). A comparative study of contents of North African & Middle Eastern e-Government service websites. In: Christopher G. Reddick (Ed.), Comparative E- Government: An Examination of E-Government Across Countries (pp. 49-69). New York: Springer

Dawit, D., & Catherine, D. (2011). Review of information policy in Africa. In: Bwalya, K.(Ed.), E- Government in Emerging Economies: Adoption, E-Participation, and Legal Frameworks(pp. ). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. (In progress)

Conference Papers (Refereed)

“The state of the art of e-government services in Africa: An analysis of relevant websites” (with Abebe Rorissa), Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2009). Waikoloa, Hawaii. January 5-8, 2009.

“Toward a common framework for computing e-government index” (with Abebe Rorissa & Theresa Pardo), Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV2008). Cairo, Egypt. December 1 - 4, 2008.

“A tale of two continents: Contents of African and Asian e-Government websites” (with Abebe Rorissa, & Mohammed Gharawi), Targeted conference: Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2010). Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii. January 5-8, 2010.

Conference Presentations (Refereed)

“A tale of two continents: Contents of African and Asian e-Government websites” (with Abebe Rorissa, & Mohammed Gharawi), Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2010). Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii. January 5-8, 2010.

“The state of the art of e-government services in Africa: An analysis of relevant websites”(with Abebe Rorissa), Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2009). Waikoloa, Hawaii. January 5-8, 2009.

“Toward a common framework for computing e-government index”(with Abebe Rorissa & Theresa Pardo), Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV2008). Cairo, Egypt. December 1 - 4, 2008.

Poster Sessions (Refereed)
“Barriers to socio-economic opportunities in Africa: An e-Government perspective--updated” (with Devendra Potnis), iConference. February 8-11, 2009, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

“Toward a common framework for computing e-government index,” updated (with Abebe Rorissa &Theresa Pardo), iConference. February 8-11, 2009, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

“Barriers to socio-economic opportunities in Africa: An e-Government perspective,” updated (with Devendra Potnis). New Trends in Informatics Research, NTIR IV, University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY, May 2, 2008.

“Technology acceptance across cultures: A three country comparative study and test of the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM),” New Trends in Informatics Research, NTIR II, University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY, April 27, 2008.

Invited Speaker

Presented “Validating the UTAUT model within the context of mobile money users in Ghana” as part of strategic planning course to a delegation from the parliament of the Republic of Ghana. Center for International Development/Center for Technology in Government (CTG), SUNY Albany, August, 2010.

The 6th Annual Preparing for the Professoriate Conference, Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professorate. University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY, May 14, 2010

The 5th Annual Preparing for the Professoriate Conference, Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professorate. University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY, April 24 & 25, 2009

The 4th Annual Preparing for the Professoriate Conference, Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professorate. University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY, April 24, 2008.

E-readiness rankings, The United Nations, Division for public Administration and Development Management (DPADM). New York, NY. July 12, 2008. 

Manuscripts in Progress

Demissie, D. (in progress). Validating the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) within the context of mobile money users in Ghana, Target conference: Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS).

Potnis, D. & Demissie, D.(in progress). Barriers to socio-economic opportunities in Africa: An e- Government perspective. Targeted journal: The Journal of Information Technology for Development (ITD).

Dawit, D. & Rorissa, A. ( in progress) A regional comparison of e-Government services in Africa. Targeted journal: The Journal of Information Technology for Development (ITD).

Dawit, D. & Potnis, D.( in progress). Folksonomy Information System (FIS): A new perspective in formalizing user-centered indexing. Targeted journal: Journal of Library and Information Technology (formerly DBIT).

Dawit, D. & Potnis, D. (in progress). Folksonomy Information Systems (FIS): A win-win initiative in information organization. Targeted journal: Journal of Library and Information Technology (formerly DBIT).

Demissie, D. (in progress).The Adoption and use of mobile phones in two countries: A comparison using The Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT). Targeted Journal: MIS Quarterly.

Demissie, D. (in progress). Entropy-based analysis of internet traffic: The case of the State University of New York at Albany Local Area Network. Target Conference: ACM SIGMETRICS/ performance.

Dawit, D. (in progress). Relevance of soft systems methodology, system dynamics and fifth discipline approaches in examining issues and challenges in e-Government: A methodological summary. Targeted Conference, Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS).

Dawit, D. (in progress). e-Government HCI- A literature review. Targeted Conference Computer Human Interaction Conference (CHI).

Reviewer & Conference Committee

Reviewer- The 75th Conference, The American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) October 26-30, 2012, Baltimore, Maryland

Reviewer- The 17th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) August 4-7, 2011, Detroit, Michigan.

Program Committee Member - The 5th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV2011) September 26-28, 2011, Tallinn, Estonia.

Professional Affiliations

American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), 2007 – present

Association for Information Systems (AIS), 2011 – present

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2011 – present

Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (SUNY AGEP), 2007- present