Laurie J. Kirsch

  • Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Development, and Diversity

Key Areas

Faculty recruitment guidelines • faculty appointment, promotion, and tenure guidelines • faculty professional development workshops • faculty diversity and inclusion • faculty appeals process • faculty policies • diversity and inclusion in the curriculum • faculty leadership development programs • Provost’s Advisory Committee on Women’s Concerns • faculty records • Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence • faculty action processes

Vice Provost Role

As Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Development, and Diversity, Laurie Kirsch is responsible for supervising faculty appeal processes; reviewing appointment, promotion, and tenure guidelines for compliance with University policy; and advising deans and campus presidents on policies affecting faculty members. She also facilitates efforts to recruit and retain a world-class, diverse faculty, works to help faculty navigate opportunities and challenges as they advance their careers, and raises faculty awareness of ways to build diversity and inclusion into curriculum and classroom environments. In addition, she facilitates the development and implementation of programs and workshops to strengthen faculty leadership and enhance faculty capacity. These include the annual retreat for chairs and associate deans, the Provost’s Diversity Institute, and the Management and Leadership workshops for faculty administrators.

As part of these roles, Vice Provost Kirsch works closely with the University Center for Teaching and Learning to foster excellence in teaching and to explore technology-enhanced education and online initiatives in order to better serve the University’s mission. She also works with Faculty Records to strengthen and streamline processes related to faculty actions. In addition, she chairs the provost’s Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence, which works to foster collaboration among Pitt faculty in developing innovative teaching methods, promotes programs and initiatives in support of the University’s diversity goals, and has served on the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Women’s Concerns.

Professional Biography

Vice Provost Laurie J. Kirsch joined the faculty of the Katz Graduate School of Business at Pitt in 1993 and served as the senior associate dean for professional programs in the Katz School. As senior associate dean, Kirsch had overall responsibility for the masters’ and executive programs and assisted the dean in a wide range of faculty matters, including hiring, promotion, and tenure processes. Throughout her academic career, she has held a wide range of leadership positions in the information systems and management professional associations, including the Association for Information Systems and the Academy of Management. Kirsch has also served on the editorial board, as Associate Editor, or as Senior Editor for the top scholarly journals in her discipline.

Vice Provost Kirsch has been recognized within the Katz School with both the Teaching and Research Excellence Awards. She has been recognized as a Magid Igbaria Distinguished Scholar and appointed a Visiting Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Her research focuses on the development, implementation, and use of information systems with a particular focus on control strategies and the systems development process, the transfer of knowledge in the information systems context, and the examination of how to better manage information systems initiatives and improve software processes. Her most recent work, funded by the National Science Foundation, investigates the governance, structure, and management of large cyber-infrastructure research collaborative projects.


  • Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence
  • Provost's Advisory Committee on Women's Concerns

Education & Training

  • PhD, University of Minnesota
  • MA, University of Iowa
  • BS, Ohio State University

Representative Publications

  • Kirsch, Laurie J., Dong-Gil Ko, and Mark H. Haney. "Investigating the Antecedents of Team-Based Clan Control: Adding Social Capital as a Predictor," Organization Science (21:2) July 2009, pp. 469-489.
  • Boss, Scott R., Laurie J. Kirsch, Ingo Angermeier, Raymond Shingler, and R.W. Boss. "If Someone is Watching, I'll Do What I'm Asked: Mandatoriness, Control, and Information Security," European Journal of Information Systems (18:2) April 2009, pp. 151-164.
  • DeSanctis, Gerardine, Marshall Scott Poole, Ilze Zigurs, et al. "The Minnesota GDSS Research Project: Group Support Systems, Group Processes, and Outcomes," Journal of the Association of Information Systems (9:10), Article 6, 2008.
  • Shang, Jennifer, Pandu R. Tadikamalla, Laurie J. Kirsch, and Lawrence Brown. "A Decision Support System for Managing Inventory at GlaxoSmithKline," Decision Support Systems (46:1), December 2008, pp. 1-13.
  • Slaughter, Sandra A. and Laurie J. Kirsch. "The Effectiveness of Knowledge Transfer Portfolios in Software Process Improvement:  A Field Study,” Information Systems Research (17:3), September 2006, pp. 301-320.
  • Ko, Dong-Gil, Laurie J. Kirsch, and William R. King. "Antecedents of Knowledge Transfer from Consultants to Clients in Enterprise System Implementations," MIS Quarterly (29:1), March 2005, pp. 59-85.
  • Kirsch, Laurie J., "Deploying Common Systems Globally: The Dynamics of Control," Information Systems Research (15:4), December 2004, pp. 374-395.
  • Kirsch, Laurie J., V. Sambamurthy, Dong-Gil Ko, and Russell L. Purvis. "Controlling Information Systems Development Projects: The View from the Client," Management Science (48:4), April 2002, pp. 484-498.

Research Interests

  • Information Systems


  • Research Excellence Award, Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh, 2008
  • Visiting Erskine Fellow, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2007
  • Magid Igbaria Distinguished Scholar, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, Calif., 2003
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh, 2001, 2002