Getting to Know SoBA Faculty and Staff: Shawn Clouse

Shawn Clouse with students in New Zealand

This is the first in a series of cameos designed to introduce you to the remarkable faculty and staff who dedicate themselves to SoBA students and the Missoula community.

Shawn Clouse is a professor of management information systems (MIS) in SoBA. He teaches courses on networking, e-commerce, project management, systems analysis and design and multimedia development. His research interests include information privacy, website usability, utilizing technology for teaching and learning and the technology issues related to e-commerce and business processes. 

In addition to teaching and research, Clouse volunteers with numerous community organizations, including Missoula Chamber of Commerce, where he was chair for the 2013-14 year, Missoula Irrigation District Board and Hellgate Finance Academy.

Students in Clouse’s Project Management classes have been major beneficiaries of the relationships he has developed in the community.  Each year, students in his Project Management class have the opportunity to work with different businesses in town that provide real business problems for the students to solve. Through this experience, students learn first hand that their classroom work has value. Clouse is a firm believer in the importance of applied business education.

In the spirit of applied education, Clouse is currently leading a group of students to New Zealand and Australia to learn more about sustainable business strategy.  The students represent various majors from across campus.  These are just a few examples of why Clouse received the Most Inspirational Teacher of the Year Award last year. This award is voted on by students in recognition of a professor who has had an extraordinary impact on their lives.  He also won the 2015 John Ruffatto Memorial Award.

When not teaching, researching or volunteering in the community, you can find Shawn dipping a line in the Blackfoot River, hunting in the mountains of Montana with his son or playing hockey with the Glacier Hockey League.