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Murray Jennex Honored by SDSU as Outstanding Faculty Contributor

Management Information Systems (MIS) professor, Dr. Murray Jennex was named the recipient of SDSU’s 2018 Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Faculty Contributor for the Fowler College of Business.

Known as SDSU’s most prestigious faculty award, the honor is presented annually to one faculty member from each of SDSU’s seven colleges. Jennex was presented with his award during the SDSU’s All-University Convocation held August 23, 2018.

Jennex was nominated for the award on the basis of his prolific and ground-breaking research in the field of knowledge management (KM) which is defined as “the process of capturing, distributing and effectively using knowledge.”  In fact, Jennex was listed as the world’s most productive author of KM research listed in SCOPUS, a database that tracks research and citations, by an independent analysis of SCOPUS knowledge management articles for the years 2007-2016. He is also the founder and editor-in-chief for two academic journals and has won several awards for his research.

Murray Jennex and Joseph Johnson

SDSU interim provost, Joseph Johnson with Dr. Murray Jennex

Most recently, Jennex has been recognized for his research on how victims of sex trafficking can be identified in online advertisements through the use of emojis. Emojis make it more difficult for law enforcement to track unlawful activity and Jennex and his former student, Jessica Whitney, studied how specific emojis were used to advertise victims, including those who are underage. The two of them were recently recognized as with a Mission Hero Award from Soroptimists Together Against Trafficking (STAT!) and they will be honored with a commendation from San Diego city councilmember, Lori Zapf in December.

“Dr. Jennex’ outstanding research and his willingness to share this critical information with the public have made an immense impact on his field of study and on society,” said Dr. Lance Nail, dean of SDSU’s Fowler College of Business. “Several law enforcement agencies have already contacted Dr. Jennex about his research on sex trafficking and there are many more practical applications for knowledge management that potentially can – and already have – make a positive impact on our students, the general population and organizations. For this and many other reasons, we are proud to honor Dr. Jennex with the Outstanding Faculty Contributor award for 2018.”