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Dezhi Wu - Southern Utah University. Cedar City, UT, US

Dezhi Wu Dezhi Wu

Director of Cyber Security and Information Assurance | Southern Utah University


Dr. Wu's research interests include human-computer interaction, behavioral information security, healthcare information systems, and mobile.



Dr. Dezhi Wu is a tenured Professor of Information Systems and the Director of Cybersecurity and Information Assurance Graduate Program at Southern Utah University. Her teaching focuses on systems analysis and design, human-computer interaction, IT risk management, IT auditing, electronic commerce, and web development.

Dr. Wu's current research interests include human-computer interaction, behavioral information security, healthcare information systems, and mobile training.

Dr. Wu earned her Ph. D. in information systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).



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Industry Expertise (3)

Computer/Network Security Education/Learning Information Technology and Services

Areas of Expertise (18)

Information Technology Risk Management Women in Information Technology Women in Technology User-Centered Design Electronic Commerce IT Auditing Systems Analysis and Design Healthcare Information Systems IT in Healthcare Data Mining Data Analysis Human-Computer Interaction Behavioral Information Security Mobile Training Management of Information Systems Web Development Mobile Device User Interface Information Risk Management and Security

Accomplishments (11)

Distinguished Educator Award (professional)

Southern Utah University, 2018

Distinguished Scholarly/Creative Activity Award (professional)

Southern Utah University, 2017

SUU Influencer Award

Southern Utah University, 2016

China Hubei Province World Famous Scholar Award (professional)


Outstanding Faculty Award, (professional)

College of COSE, Southern Utah University, 2015

Outstanding Scholar Award (professional)

Southern Utah University, 2014

Quality Service - Red Handed Award (professional)

Southern Utah University, 2013

Association for Information Systems Technology Challenge Award (professional)

Association for Information Systems, Awarded at International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), 2011

Outstanding Service Award (professional)

Association for Information Systems Special Interest Group on Human-Computer Interaction (AIS SIGHCI), 2011

Outstanding Faculty Research and Scholarly Activity Award (professional)

College of CIET, Southern Utah University, Academic Year 2010-2011

Professor of the Year Nominee, (professional)

Southern Utah University, 2010

Education (1)

New Jersey Institute of Technology: Ph.D., Information Systems

Affiliations (7)

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Association for Information Systems (AIS)
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • Decision Science Institution (DSI)
  • IEEE
  • Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)
  • International Resources Management Association (IRMA)

Media Appearances (3)

Southern Utah University designated as National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense

St George News  online


The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Southern Utah University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. SUU is the only public university in Utah to receive this designation.

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Master’s in Cyber Security Ranked Best in Nation

SUU News  online


“The majority of our current CSIA students are cybersecurity and IT professionals,” said Dr. Dezhi Wu, director of the Cyber Security and Information Assurance Graduate Program and professor of information systems. “They highly regard our courses very challenging, practical, and directly beneficial to their professional jobs while being flexible for them to take courses effectively online.”

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FIRST Lego League Robotics Enriches Local Science Education

SUU News  online


Southern Utah University is offering exciting opportunities for kids to explore and create through the FIRST Lego League (FLL). On January 20, SUU faculty and students oversaw a regional tournament with the 33 teams for FLL and its sister organization, FLL Jr., at Cedar Middle School as part of their effort to inspire, engage and educate students.

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Research Grants (1)

Portable Multi-Touch Patient Education Software

Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) Grant 


Articles (16)

Identifying New Temporal Structure Requirements for Calendar Systems through a Temporal Structure Lens Computers in Human Behavior

Wu, D., Ngugi, B., and Moody, G.

Computers in Human Behavior is a scholarly journal dedicated to examining the use of computers from a psychological perspective. Original theoretical works, research reports, literature reviews, software reviews, book reviews and announcements are published. The journal addresses both the use of computers...

The Interplay between Cognitive Task Complexity and User Interaction in Mobile Collaborative Training Computers in Human Behavior

Reychav, I., and Wu, D.

Computers in Human Behavior is a scholarly journal dedicated to examining the use of computers from a psychological perspective. Original theoretical works, research reports, literature reviews, software reviews, book reviews and announcements are published. The journal addresses both the use of computers...

The Role of User-Centered Design and Usability on Knowledge Sharing: A School Website Field Study International Journal of Knowledge and Learning

Reychav, I., and Wu, D.

IJKL aims at fostering multidisciplinary discussion and research on knowledge-intensive approaches to learning management and learning processes at the individual, organizational and national levels, emphasizing knowledge representation issues, social and organizational elements, and architectural and design issues of learning management systems.

Are Your Users Actively Involved? A Cognitive Absorption Perspective in Mobile Training Computers in Human Behavior

Reychav, I., and Wu, D.

Computers in Human Behavior is a scholarly journal dedicated to examining the use of computers from a psychological perspective. Original theoretical works, research reports, literature reviews, software reviews, book reviews and announcements are published. The journal addresses both the use of computers...

An Exploration of 3D Spatial Training in Teams with a Remotely Controlled Robotic System International Journal of Learning Technology

Reychav, I., Wu, D., Nir, S., and Boaz, B

Nowadays, more sophisticated tasks such as teleoperations in surgery are being conducted by robots, which require operators' high-level spatial and team skills. Spatial skills and shared task representations in teams are critical in successfully elaborating decision-relevant information in order to work together seamlessly on complex spatial tasks.

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Exploring Mobile Tablet Training for Road Safety: A Uses and Gratifications Perspective Computers & Education

Reychav, I., and Wu, D.

Traffic injuries are predicted to be the fifth leading cause of death and injury by 2030 if no further action is taken. Generation Y, who are growing up with technology and Internet, are among the most vulnerable road users, so it is crucial to provide effective road safety training for them. In the light of the Uses and Gratification Theory (U&G), we propose a conceptual research model to measure how users' different needs and gratifications with mobile technologies impact their learning outcomes.

Biometric Keypad Reliability: Typing Pattern Stability and Authentication Accuracy Journal of Information System Security,

Ngugi, B., Wu, D., and Frank, J.

For several decades, researchers have been exploring the potential of using biometric typing keypads for user identification and authentication, to improve security within organizational networks. However, there has been a lack of broad and rigorous testing on how the technology performs under various field conditions. We conducted a 3 x 1 factorial experiment over a 30-day period to investigate how variations in individual typing patterns over time affected the accuracy of keystroke authentication in biometric systems.

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Uncovering Knowledge-Based Time-Management Practices: Implications for Project Management Journal of Managing Projects in Business

Wu, D., and Passerini, K.

The purpose of this research is to investigate individual perceptions of time and time management strategies that professionals utilize to achieve their productivity in the execution of their daily tasks, projects and routines.

Acceptance of Educational Technology: Field Studies of Asynchronous Participatory Examinations Communications of the Association for Information Systems

Wu, D., Hiltz, S. R., and Bieber, M.

This research examines asynchronous participatory examinations, a new technology-mediated assessment strategy especially suitable for online courses. The participatory exam innovation utilizes information technology to support engaging students in the entire examination lifecycle, including creating and solving problems and grading solutions.

Computer-Supported Team-Based Learning: The Impact of Motivation, Enjoyment and Team Contributions on Learning Outcomes Computers & Education

Gomez, E. A., Wu, D., and Passerini, K.

This work extends learning in small teams from the traditional classroom to the hybrid classroom where students meet both face-to-face and online by emphasizing the importance of online team interactions. The outcomes are assessed through an evaluation model that considers the impact of motivation, enjoyment and team contributions on learning outcomes. The study results indicate that motivation influences the relationship between team interactions and perceived learning.

Traditional, Hybrid and Online Teamwork: Lessons from the Field Communications of the Association for Information Systems (CAIS)

Gomez, E. A., Wu, D., and Passerini, K.

Preparing students to work in teams benefits learning experiences and provides a stronger foundation for the
challenges of the workplace. Team-based learning (TBL) is an instructional strategy where small groups become
closely coupled teams through repeated face-to-face collaboration on various projects and assignments.

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Asynchronous Participatory Exams: Internet Innovation For Engaging Students IEEE Internet Computing

Wu, D., Bieber, M., and Hiltz, S. R.

The asynchronous learning networks participatory examination (APE) is a constructivist approach that fully engages students in the entire exam life cycle. Students design and solve exam questions while evaluating their peers' solutions using an anonymous, structured process enabled by Internet technologies.

Engaging Students with Constructivist Participatory Examinations in Asynchronous Learning Networks Journal of Information Systems Education

Wu, D., Bieber, M., and Hiltz, S. R.

The online participatory exam transforms the traditional exam into a constructivist, cooperative and engaging learning experience. Students learn from designing and answering exam questions, from evaluating their peers’ performance, and from reading questions, answers, and evaluations. This paper, aimed at faculty who teach online and at researchers interested in online learning, describes the procedures, advantages, and disadvantages of this new approach to the examination process.

The New Dimensions of Collaboration: Mega and Intelligent Communities, ICT and Well-being Journal of Knowledge Management

Passerini, K. and Wu, D.

his paper presents best practices of global and local initiatives for social and economic capital development. It introduces the notion of “megacommunities” representing broad multilateral stakeholder groups that work together for the resolutions of large‐scale health, environmental and social problems. The paper also takes a more local view by discussing a few regional and municipal examples of “intelligent communities” at the forefront of the knowledge economy.

Utilizing Web-based Tools for Computer-Mediated Communication to Enhance Team-based Learning International Journal of Web-based Learning and Teaching Technologies

Gomez, E. A., Wu, D., Passerini, K. and Bieber, M.

Team-based learning is an active learning instructional strategy used in the traditional face-to-face classroom. Web-based computer-mediated communication (CMC) tools complement the face-to-face classroom and enable active learning between face-to-face class times. This article presents the results from pilot assessments of computer-supported team-based learning.

Predicting Learning from Asynchronous Online Discussions Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks

Wu, D., and Hiltz, S.R.

Online discussions play an important role in student learning. Currently, asynchronous learning courses
and some primarily face-to-face courses at New Jersey Institute of Technology require asynchronous
online discussions. Does this requirement improve the students’ perceived learning? An exploratory study
designed to investigate this issue was conducted in Spring 2002. The questionnaire drew responses to a
post-course questionnaire from 116 students in two undergraduate courses and one graduate course.

Courses (10)

CSIS 1000 Introduction to Computer Applications and the Internet

Designed to explore concepts of microcomputer systems. Concepts include Windows and general information, word processing, spreadsheets, database, presentations, and the Internet. Students will gain proficiency with the basic command structures of each application in an integrated office suite. Fulfills General Education computer literacy requirement.

CSIS 1010 E-Commerce/Global Society

Designed to explore landscape of Electronic Commerce and its evolutionary process. Students examine the E-commerce process, real-world applications that reflect changes in the economy, how businesses are responding, and the latest technological developments, such as wireless technology.

CSIS 2000 Web Development

Designed to develop web pages using HTML and other web page authoring software programs. Students will create several web pages and publish them to a web server. Some advanced features will be introduced.

CSIS 4540 Human-Computer Interfaces

This course is intended to introduce the students to the basic concepts, principles, and techniques used in designing interactive computer systems. It will cover the basic computer interface design theory and methods that exist in the field.

IS 3050 Environments of Information Systems

Introduces fundamental principles of information systems and their strategic use. Describes the role of information technology in organizations and business environments. Explains Web-based technologies, enterprise-level applications, managerial and decision support systems, and the implementation and management of IT.

IS 3100 Systems Analysis and Design

Practical introduction to major phases, activities, tools, and techniques of systems analysis, design, and development, emphasizing the role of systems analysts in organizations and dynamic, business environments. Students develop analytical, problem-solving, decision-making, and critical-thinking skills.

IS 4750 E-business Systems

Provides a general survey of key technological elements of electronic business and important business strategies essential to maintaining e-business infrastructures. Students will design and develop web sites that have e-business capabilities.

CSIA 6040 IT Project Management

This course examines the characteristics of IT projects and provides an introduction to the disciplined approaches to IT project management. This course enables students to reinforce their IT project management skills and provides a roadmap of the development of software intensive systems, and especially gives students opportunities to explore cybersecurity projects.

CSIA 6060 IT Risk Management

This course will explore the security techniques and fundamentals involved in minimizing critical infrastructure security risks, including how to respond when security has been breached. It introduces students to concepts such as securing Web Clients, servers, and communications. It also investigates the use of firewalls, digital certificates, and legal issues.

CSIA 6330 Information Systems Auditing

This course provides an introduction to the key trends of auditing corporate information systems; governance and management of IT; IS acquisition, development, and implementation; and the operation, maintenance, support, and protection of information assets. Prepares students for the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) Certification.