Sophea Chea is currently an Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Services at University of Maryland University College. Prior to this he was an assistant professor of MIS at Temple University, Assistant Professor of MIS/CIS at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, adjunct professor of Business Statistics and MIS at the University of Hawaii West Oahu, and a research associate in the Information Technology Management Department at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He has an M. B. A. from Asian Institute of Technology (1998), and worked in Shell Oil of Cambodia as a Marketing Operations Manager (1998-99). He received his Ph.D. in Communication and Information Sciences from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (2006).
He taught and involved in teaching courses in Information Technology Management including programming, Introductory Information Systems Management, E-Commerce (EC), Systems Analysis & Design, and Business Statistics.
His research emphasizes behavioral and emotional aspects of electronic customer relationship management, e-service customer retention, emotional aspects of IS acceptance and use, value networks, and e-marketing. His latest research interests involve the use of Blogs and Wikis in teaching MIS and CIS courses. He has presented his work in Americas Conference on Information Systems, Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences, San Diego International Systems Conference, and Organizations and Society in Information Systems Workshop. He published in Journal of Information Science and Technology and International Journal of Electronic Commerce. He has been active in the IS community of scholar as a member of AIS, ACM, AMA, journal reviewer, and conference reviewer.
Sophea Chea was originally from Cambodia--a Southeast Asian country bordered by Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. He spent his childhood (1975-1979) in the "Killing Field" of Cambodia--a Maoist utopian agrarian society architected by Pol Pot. His earlier educations were in Cambodia. He speaks Khmer, French, English and Thai. He studied English and French during the Vietnamese occupation of Cambodia (1997-1989). At that time Cambodia was in the Communist block. French and English were classified as the languages of the corrupted capitalists, thus studying them was banned.