The Computer Educator of the Year is the highest award given by the Association, and competition for the award is keen. Candidates show exceptional research and teaching skills, have made significant contributions to IS and IS education, and enjoy a national or international reputation for their outstanding work throughout the IS community. Recent recipients have included curriculum innovators, leaders in the field of artificial intelligence and IS management, and publishers of learning materials that have significantly impacted the IS educational community. Nominations for the Computer Educator of the Year are accepted from September until March, with selection made in June or July for awarding at the annual conference in the fall.
In searching the records, we have been able to compile a list of Educator of the Year Award recipients with only a few dates coming up blank. It is not our intention to exclude anyone, so if you know of a recipient that is not included, please e-mail me and I will correct the listing. Also, should we have a date or spelling wrong, please send me a correction. As you can see, the list contains educators with global reputations that have made major contributions to Information Systems Education.
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Note: Detailed records of award recipients more than 10 years back are no longer available, so recipients from 1993 back are listed by name only.
Dr. Christopher G. Jones, Professor and Associate Dean, David Nazarian College of Business and Economics, California State University - Northridge.
Professor Jones has also served as Director, Master of Science in Accountancy, Cal State Northridge; Department Chair, Information Systems and Technology, Utah Valley University; Associate Professor, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah; Director of Computer Information Systems, Woodbury University, Los Angeles; and has held several other academic appointments during his career. Business experience includes serving as a senior consultant with Arthur Anderson & Company; Director of Accounting for Lockheed Finance Corporation; Senior Consultant with Bain & Company; and Partner, Huffman, Jones & Company, Certified Public Accountants. During his academic career Professor Jones has authored numerous referred publications, five books, several book chapters, and more than 25 Conference Proceedings. He has also received several grants from the College of Business and the Internal Auditor Research Foundation. Over the years Professor Jones has made many presentations to the American Accounting Association, IACIS, The Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges, The Consortium for Computing in Small Colleges, ISECON and others. Professor Jones has a remarkable record of service to his university and profession, an impressive scholarship, research and publication record, and has gained recognition as an outstanding teacher. We congratulate Professor Jones on being selected the 2016 IACIS Computer Educator of the Year.
Dr. Robert Skovira, University Professor, Computer Information Systems, Robert Morris University.
For over three decades Professor Skovira has brought his knowledge and insight into the Robert Morris classroom, challenging students, advancing knowledge through research and publication, and sharing his knowledge while serving as Visiting Professor at two European Universities. During his long and distinguished career, Professor Skovira has made a significant impact on Information Systems scholarship and education, and we congratulate Professor Robert Skovira on being selected 2015 IACIS Computer Educator of the Year.
Dr. Carl Case, Professor, Chair of the Department of Management and Marketing and Director of the China Studies Program, St Bonaventure University, Bonaventure, N.Y.
Professor Case had been an Information Systems consultant and a university faculty member for 16 years before joining the St. Bonaventure faculty in 1999. While serving as a university faculty member he has led the initial development and implementation of an Information Systems major at three different universities, and has authored more than 60 referred research and professional manuscripts. Professor Case has been awarded numerous grants supporting emerging technology course development, community outreach and student centered Business Information Systems Club service projects. Over his academic career of researching and presenting at national and international conferences he has received a Best Paper Award 11 times and Distinguished Research Award 8 times. Dr. Case has truly made a significant impact on Information Systems scholarship and education, and we congratulate Professor Carl Case on being selected the 2014 IACIS Computer Educator of the Year.
Dr. Joanna Paliszkiewicz, Professor, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Warsaw, Poland.
A truly accomplished scholar, Dr. Joanna Paliszkiewicz has dedicated her career to advancing knowledge. She has published over 120 scholarly papers in various international journals. She has also published three books. Her publications are in three different areas: intellectual capital management, knowledge management, and trust management. She is actively involved in participating and presenting research results at international conferences. Dr. Paliszkiewicz serves as the deputy editor in chief of the international journal, Management and Production Engineering Review. In addition, she serves as a member of editorial board of several international journals such Expert System with Application and the Journal of Computer Information Systems. Dr. Paliszkiewicz currently serves as the director of PhD study in the Faculty of Economics at Warsaw University of Life Sciences in Poland. She is the recipient of the Rector's research achievement awards from the Technical University of Czestochowa and the Warsaw University of Life Sciences for her numerous scholarly accomplishments.
Dr. Lynn R. Heinrichs, Associate Professor of Computing Sciences and Business, Elon University, Elon, NC, USA.
For more than 25 years Professor Heinrichs has devoted her career to innovation in information systems education, and has worked to develop leading-edge curricula for both undergraduate and graduate programs. Her collaboration with colleagues in business, as well as the arts and sciences, has significantly enriched student learning experiences throughout her university. While at Western Carolina, Dr. Heinrichs implemented the innovative program "techTrek," a week long summer camp for girls that combines adventures in nature and technology. At Elon she developed a NSF-funded scholarship program supporting students in the computing sciences. Professor Heinrichs has authored more than 50 academic papers, regularly attends and presents at academic conferences, and has served in leadership roles for her institution and her profession. She serves on the editorial board for several international journals, has been awarded a number of teaching-related grants, several Distinguished Research Awards, and received the Southwest Decision Sciences Institute 2010 Distinguished Service Award.
Dr. Rick L. Wilson, W. Paul Miller Professor of Business Administration, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, USA.
Professor Wilson has been an Oklahoma State University faculty member for more than 20 years, currently serving as Head of the Department of Management Science and Information Systems. In 2010 he was awarded the Chandler-Frates and Reitz Teaching Excellence Award, was selected the Outstanding MBA Faculty on three separate occasions, was awarded the 2006 Grenier Graduate Teaching Award, along with numerous departmental and college recognition awards during his career at OSU. An active researcher and scholar, Professor Wilson has participated in numerous grant funded research projects, published more than 50 refereed manuscripts in proceedings and journals, and serves as the Associate Editor, Case Studies in Business, Industry and Government Statistics. He also serves on several journal Editorial Boards, and is faculty advisor for Mu Sigma Omicron, Beta Gamma Sigma, and the Association for Information Technology Professionals. A serious sports fan, Professor Wilson is regularly called upon to discuss his statistical analysis of football strategy.
Dr. Raymond Frost, O'Bleness Professor, Honors Tutorial College Director of Studies, and Professor of Management Information Systems, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, USA
Professor Frost has served as a University Professor for 18 years, 11 of which have been spent at Ohio University. During his time as a member of the faculty and serving as Department Chair at Ohio University, Professor Frost has been recognized and received many awards, including the University’s two highest teaching awards, the Presidential Teacher and the University Professor. Professor Frost is an active scholar and writer, authoring or co-authoring 13 text books and more than 50 academic manuscripts. His leadership in developing and introducing a new and innovative curriculum creating a cultural and content change to broaden the appeal for the Introductory MIS course has been widely recognized throughout the MIS teaching community. He has also been instrumental in developing and implementing a university wide Center for Teaching Excellence.
Dr. Alex Koohang, Dean, School of Information Technology, Peyton Anderson Eminent Scholar and Professor of Information Technology, Macon State College, Georgia, USA
Professor Koohang has spent more than 20 years in the academic community, serving as Lecturer, Program Coordinator, Program Director, Division Head and Dean. In addition to an active teaching schedule, Dr. Koohang is the co-author of six books, author or co-author of more than 50 national and international publications, and has made more than 50 national and international research presentations. He also serves as the Editor on several Information Technology Journals. Dr. Koohang has been recognized as a FELLOW of the Informing Science Institute.
Dr. Zbigniew Pastuszak, Assistant Professor of MIS, Maria Sklodowska-Curie University, Lublin, Poland
Professor Pastuszak has travelled throughout Europe teaching and consulting, supervised more than 100 Engineer’s and Master’s theses, developed courseware for the Polish Virtual University, served as the Polish partner with the University of Primorska, Slovenia, and helped develop the HRM Strategy for 100,000 Polish Postal Workers. He has published more than 90 manuscripts, has presented his research throughout Europe and the US, and serves as Editor of the Journal of Logistics. In recognition or his outstanding teaching and research, Professor Pastuszak is the recipient of 9 awards for excellence from the Rector of his University.
Dr. Frederick Kohun, Associate Dean, Professor of Computer Information Systems, Robert Morris University, Moon Township, PA, USA
Professor. Kohun has been a faculty member at Robert Morris University for the past 31 years. He has led the development of nationally recognized undergraduate and graduate IS programs and has served in various administrative capacities, including Associate Dean. Professor Kohun is a prolific researcher and writer, publishing more than 70 manuscripts, serves on numerous editorial boards, and is an active consultant to business and educational institutions.
Dr. Betty A. Kleen, Distinguished Service Professor and University Director of Graduate Studies Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA
Professor Kleen has been a faculty member of Nicholls State for the past 27 years and has assembled a remarkable record of teaching, scholarship, and service to the academic community. Professor Kleen has received numerous teaching and research awards during her career, including Outstanding Post-secondary Teacher in Louisiana. While at Nicholls State, professor Kleen has published more than 100 academic articles and made more than 100 presentations to national and international conferences and symposia. She has been active in and held various offices in numerous professional associations and organizations and serves on several editorial review boards for scholarly journals and publications.
Dr. Binshan Lin, BellSouth Professor of Business Administration, Louisiana State University at Shreveport, Shreveport, LA.
Binshan has assembled a remarkable record of teaching and scholarship. He has received the LSUS Outstanding Faculty Award seven times, the Outstanding Educator Award from SWDSI, and numerous best paper awards. He serves as Editor or Assistant Editor for 14 International Journals, has published well over 200 manuscripts and research papers, and has served as program chair for IACIS Pacific 2005 in Taipei, Taiwan. He was recently given the honor of being named BellSouth Professor of Business Administration.
Dr. Susan Haugen, Professor of Accounting, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI.
Susan has been an active researcher/scholar in MIS, CIS and Accounting, especially on using mobile technologies to deliver distance education to MBA students. Recent leadership roles include serving as a National Director for Beta Alpha Psi, Vice President and Director for the Midwest Business Administration Association and Director and Treasurer for IACIS. As a community leader, Susan has served for 14 years on the Board of Directors of Royal Credit Union—the largest Credit Union in Wisconsin —currently serving as Treasurer of the Board.
Dr. Dusan Lesjak, Professor of MIS and Associate Dean, University of Primorska, Slovenia.
Dusan is a prolific researcher and writer with over 100 publications. He served several Fulbright Scholar assignments at U.S. Universities, has been a visiting professor at universities in Malaysia, Sweden, Belgium, Italy and Germany, and has served in a variety of management and administrative roles within his university and the European academic community.
Dr. Wallace Wood, Professor of MIS, Bryant College, Smithfield, RI.
Wallace is an active researcher, has published in numerous journals, and was a former Academic Vice President and Dean. He is active in developing innovative Internet delivered courses for military personnel with world wide duty stations.
Dr. David Douglas, Professor of Computer Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis, University of Arkansas.
David is recognized for his excellence in teaching, and serves as a member of the Chancellor's Teaching/Mentoring Professors. He is active in grants acquisition and research and publication. He focuses on incorporating problem solving and critical thinking in his coursework.
Dr. Jay Nunamaker, Regents Professor and Director of the Center for Management Information at the University of Arizona.
Jay is world recognized for his expertise in collaboration technology and the technical aspects of MIS; the recipient of numerous national and international teaching and technology related awards.
Dr. Bert Swanson, Professor of Information Systems at the Anderson School at UCLA.
Bert served as Assistant Dean, Director of the Doctoral Program, UCLA, and is the founding editor of the journal Information Systems Research. He has numerous publications and serves on the editorial boards of several IS journals.
Dr. Bill Newman, Professor of MIS at University of Nevada/Las Vegas.
Bill worked in the IS field for the city of Reno prior to entering academics. He serves on several editorial boards, is active in the Air National Guard, Assistant Director of Admissions for Nevada for the U.S. Air Force Academy and is the recipient of the 1986 Federal Humanitarian Service Award.
Dr. Doris Duncan, Professor of CIS, Cal State Hayward.
Doris is the holder of numerous professional certifications and has served as a consultant to the telecommunications industry providing innovative monitoring and analysis services. Her record of research and scholarship is extensive, and she has been active in developing the DPMA Model Curriculum.
Dr. Jay Liebowitz, Chair, Artificial Intelligence, U.S. Army War College Center for Strategic Leadership and Professor of Management Science, George Washington University.
Jay has published 18 books, edited many academic journals, is an international expert on Artificial Intelligence, and strives to be creative in his teaching, especially in utilizing multimedia technologies.
Dr. Tim Cronan, Professor of MIS, University of Arkansas.
Tim is the recipient of the Arkansas Alumni Distinguished achievement in teaching award, and has received numerous teaching awards from his department and university. He serves as co-director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and was selected for the Phillips 66 Faculty Excellence Award in Research.
Dr. Roger Hayen, Towle Professor of MIS, Central Michigan University.
During his 26 years of teaching, Roger has received numerous awards from both his university and professional organizations and has held leadership positions in DPMA, ASM and IFPS. He has authored 5 textbooks and over 100 scholarly articles.
1993 Dr. Clyde Holsapple
1992 Dr. Daryl Nord
1991 Dr. David Kroenke
1990 Dr. Karen Forcht
1989 Dr. Jeretta Nord
1988 Mr. Steve Mitchell
1986 Dr. Steve Teglovic
1985 Dr. Donald Medley
1984 Dr. Ben Bauman
1983 Dr. Robert Behling
1982 Dr. Marjorie M. Leeson
1981 Dr. Lloyd Brooks
1979 Dr. Tom Cashman
1978 Dr. Gerald Wagner
1977 Dr. Richard Rosenbaum
1975 Dr. Donald Scriven
1974 Dr. Richard Bassler
1973 Dr. James Whitlock
1972 Dr. Coleman Furr
1971 Dr. E. Dana Gibson
1970 Dr. George J. Brabb
1969 Brother Austin David, FSC
1968 Dr. August Dvorak
1967 Lt. Col William F. Leubbert and Dr. Gloria M. Silvern
1966 Dr. John William Sullivan