Scott Hunsinger, PhD

Department Chair


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • M.B.A., University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • B.S.B.A., University of North Carolina at Charlotte

D. Scott Hunsinger is a Professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems in the Walker College of Business. Before joining ASU, Scott served as Dean of Academic Affairs and Information Technology (2001-2004), System Administrator (1996-2000), and Instructor (1996-2004) at NCCATT, an institution in the NC Community College System. Scott has also taught in the Belk College of Business at UNC Charlotte and has worked for Microsoft Corporation and SouthTrust Bank.

Scott has previously received several grants to develop IS courses ($88,400) and to create a portable laptop training lab ($14,985). He has also assisted in writing several multi-million dollar NSF and Microsoft grants through the Regional Information Technology Consortium based in Charlotte. 

Teaching Highlights

  • University of North Carolina (UNC) Board of Governor’s Teaching Award - highest teaching award in UNC system – May ‘13
  • Eleven-time recipient of Most Memorable Professor Award at Appalachian State University (ASU) Walker College of Business Honors Convocation (’07, ’08, ’09, ’11,’12,’14,’15, ‘16,’18,’19,’20 )
  • Exemplary Faculty Member Award (one award given per college) – ASU Student Government Association – Apr. ‘14
  • Appalachian State University Walker College of Business Faculty Award for Teaching –Apr. ‘11
  • Earned multiple Information Technology (IT) certifications to stay up-to-date on latest technologies
  • Developed & taught wide variety of face-to-face, online, & distance education undergraduate & graduate courses at Appalachian State University, including Personal Computing Effectiveness, Foundations of Information Systems(developed), Network and IT Infrastructures (developed), Emerging Technologies (developed), IS Project (capstone course), Managing Instructional Technology Infrastructures (developed – graduate course), and New and Emerging Technologies (developed – MBA course)
  • Started Cisco Networking Academy in 2010 so students can use networking equipment in classes

Recent Publications

Over 80 refereed publications and conference presentations since 2005, including: 

  • 30+ peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters (all journals listed in Cabell’s)
  • 20+ peer-reviewed proceedings and 30+ presentations at academic conferences

Multiple research paper awards, including:

  • Best Paper Award (Pedagogy) – Int’l Association for Computer Information Systems, 2014
  • Meritorious Paper Award - Conference on Information Systems Applied Research, 2010
  • Distinguished Graduate Student/Faculty Paper Award­- Conference on Information Systems Applied Research, 2009
  • Distinguished Student/Faculty Paper Award- Information Systems Education Conference, 2008

Service Highlights

  • Appalachian State University (ASU) Walker College of Business Faculty Award for Service – May ‘15
  • ASU W.H. Plemmons Leadership Medallion (“highest award of its kind on campus”) – Sept. ‘12
  • Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) National Chapter of the Year awards:
    • Mar. ’11 and Mar. ’12 - selected out of 200+ chapters from 45 states
  • Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) National Faculty Advisor of the Year
    • Mar. ‘10
  • Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) National “Going the Extra Mile” award
    • Apr. ‘09
  • National Board of Directors:
    • CompTIA Executive Council  - Feb. ’17 - Feb. ‘19
    • Association of Information Technology Professionals (over 4,000 members) - Jan. ’15 – Feb. ‘17
    • AITP Education Special Interest Group (AITP-EDSIG) – Jan. ’09 – present
      • Past President - Jan. '17 - Dec. '18
      • President – Nov. ‘14 – Dec. ‘16
      • Vice President – Nov. ‘13 – Nov. ‘14
      • Membership Director – Jan. ‘09 – Feb. ‘13
    • Information Systems Computing Academic Professionals (ISCAP) – Vice President – 2015; Director – 2017 - present
  • Faculty Advisor:
    • ASU Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) – Aug. ‘06 – present
      • Student chapter, members, and I have received 40 national awards since ‘07
      • Received eighth consecutive Student Chapter Outstanding Chapter Award in ‘15
      • Bring industry speakers on campus and take students on academic & company trips
      • Over 1/3 of 2013-14 and 2014-15 CIS graduates landed a job at a company that recently presented at ASU AITP meetings
    • ASU Alpha Iota Mu (AIM) international honor society for top CIS majors – Sept. ’10 – present
      • Began ASU’s chapter along with another faculty member
  • Work with ASU CIS Board of Advisors and formed a Senior and Junior Board, significantly increasing membership and participation - Sept. ’11 – present
  • Have participated in 30+ departmental, college, and university committees and task forces, chairing, co-chairing, or co-directing twelve (12) of these – Aug. ’04 - present
  • CIS Internship Coordinator – increased number of summer internships for academic credit from 3 (‘08) to 30+ (‘16); have mentored 150+ students doing for-credit internships – Aug. ’08 – present
  • CIS Jobs Coordinator – helped increase the placement rate of students to 95%, $55k+ average salary, and $60k median salary
    • Maintain CISMAJORS email list-serv, sending multiple job and internship opportunities to CIS students weekly
  • Senior Editor – Journal of Information Systems Applied Research – Jan. ’10 – present
  • Have served as Associate Editor for three peer-reviewed journals – Jan. ’09 - present
  • Hold multiple leadership roles for academic conferences, including Papers Chair & Co-Papers Chair, Conference Committee member, Session Chair, & Editorial Review Board member – Nov. ’07 - present
Title: Department Chair, Professor, CIS Internship Director
Department: Department of Computer Information Systems

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-2034

Fax: (828) 262-6190

Office address
2103 Peacock Hall
Mailing address
PO Box 32049, Boone NC 28608