Blues music, classic cars, convertibles and computers are all interests of Dr. Micki Hyde, a professor in the Management Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department.
But computers are the big one.
“It may sound a little cheesy, but, to me, computers give me superpowers,” she said. “I have always been a big fan of superheroes in the comic books, and our brains can only hold so much information and can only think at a certain, very limited speed. With computers, it is like having a brain that has no limitations.”
Hyde’s interest in computers led her to start her own computer business in 1990. Several years earlier, she had completed her bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia, where she majored in management and marketing.
Her business, that included training individuals and corporations on how to use computers, opened the door to Hyde’s teaching career. At a community college in Tennessee, she taught her first classes, and the college offered her a full-time position if she got her master’s. She loved teaching, so she went for it.
“I worked in lots of different kinds of jobs,” she said. “I kind of blame that on the fact that I wasn’t where I was supposed to be. This is where I feel I’m supposed to be. I love computers, and I love teaching and research. To me, this is just a dream job.”
Hyde earned her MBA from Middle Tennessee State University with a concentration in computer science. But she didn’t stop there. She continued her education at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where she earned her Ph.D. with a concentration in management information systems and a minor in strategic management.
At IUP, Hyde is involved in research, developing courses, and working on curriculum and is active in university and college service. She is involved in so many things, including being the faculty adviser of the Association for Management Information Systems Club, that she sometimes has to perform a balancing act. But she loves it.
“I really like coming to work,” she said. “I am usually in the office seven days a week because I like my job, and that’s all there is. I don’t have much life outside my job. I enjoy every aspect, and my biggest problem is sometimes I have a hard time juggling all the different projects and all the different things I have to do and I want to do.”
Juggling the service, research, and teaching responsibilities is not the only thing that keeps Hyde busy, though. She sets her own standards for herself, standards she said are higher than the minimum.
“I keep doing what I feel I need to do to be proud of my job and to do the job I want to do,” she said. “To deliver the quality of classes that I want to deliver. To be of service to the university. Just trying to fulfill the standards that I’ve set.”
Hyde’s style in the classroom will often include a cheesy story or humor, something Hyde said she thinks is overlooked many times. Teaching students about all the different systems and how they will be of use to the students is just some of what she loves about teaching.
“I love the interaction,” she said. “Just being able to explain something to someone who didn’t know that bit of information before is very gratifying, because I honestly believe what we are talking about in our classrooms is going to be something they have to know when they get out and get into whatever business they’re working in. It is very gratifying to be able to help them realize it, help them see it.”
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