Meet Jim LaSalle - MIS Professor Emeritus

If you attended the University of Arizona as an undergraduate student between the years of 1964 to 2004 more than likely you took MIS111 from Dr. Jim LaSalle. According to UA’s Alumni Association Jim has taught over 50,000 students during his UA teaching career!

As a result of his outstanding contributions to students, the MIS department has initiated two student awards on his behalf. The James F. LaSalle Teaching Award and the LaSalle-Chen Scholarship.

The James F. LaSalle Teaching Award is given yearly to a MIS graduate student instructor who exemplifies the best of teaching and who is following Jim's steps of excellence in the classroom.

The LaSalle-Chen Scholarship's goal is to provide funds and support for students with significant academic promise that have overcome personal challenges to obtain advanced standing in MIS.

In addition to his comments stated during his interview – Jim would like to share the following:

“Our alumni hold positions of prominent success as entrepreneurs, professors at world class universities and colleges, chief information officers at Fortune 500 corporations, small business owners  and highly respected professionals in virtually every field of endeavor, to mention a few.

In addition to maintaining a close relationship with the University of Arizona as a Faculty Fellow and from a personal standpoint, my wife Regina and I are enjoying some travelling, spending time with our four children and our eight grandchildren while continuing to serve as an Ordained Deacon for the Diocese of Tucson for the last 33 years.

And lastly, in connection with the MIS Department, I think it is essential to give the highest level of recognition and acknowledgement to the efforts of Dr. Jay Nunamaker in establishing the MIS Department and developing it into its prominence as one of the top seven programs in the country for such a long time." 

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