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Education Special Interest Group

Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP)

Distinguished IS Educator Award

About the Award

Each year, EDSIG recognizes one of our 'best'. The individual who is selected as educator of the year, is recognized for their outstanding efforts to lead the field of IS education in terms of teaching, research and service. Particularly important is their effort to improve the quality of our graduates.  Nominations may be sent to the Vice President of EDSIG. The individual is recognized at our annual conferences.

2014 Distinguished IS Educator Award

Albert L. Harris


Albert L. Harris, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems in the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University. He is Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE).  In 2010, he was elected an AITP-EDSIG Fellow.  He is currently Secretary of the International Academy of Information Management (IAIM), the Special Interest Group for Education of the Association for Information Systems (AIS:SIGED).

Dr. Harris received his Ph.D. in Management Information Systems (MIS) from Georgia State University, his Master's degree in Systems Management from George Washington University, and his B.S. in Quantitative Business Analysis from Indiana University.

Dr. Harris was a Fulbright Scholar to Portugal in 2006, teaching at the University of Evora.  During the 2008-09 academic year, he was an exchange professor to the University of Angers in Angers, France, teaching undergraduate and graduate classes.  During the summer of 2011, he taught at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland.  For 4 years (2007-2010), he taught a one week class at Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences in Dornbirn, Austria.  He has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate CIS courses.  In 2006, he was awarded the Walker College of Business Faculty Award for Excellence in Service.  He had more than 15 years of information systems consulting experience before joining the academic ranks.

He has published articles in the Journal of Information Systems Education, Information & Management, International Journal of Management, Journal Computer Information Systems, Journal of Management Counseling, the Review of Accounting Information Systems, International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, Journal of Computer and Mathematics Education, and in more than 25 international, national and regional conference proceedings. He served as Acting Chair of the CIS Department from 1998-2001, Treasurer of EDSIG, The Education Special Interest Group of AITP, from 1998-2001, Secretary of SEDSI (1999-2000), MIS Track Chair of SEDSI twice, and reviewer, paper presenter, session chair and/or discussant at AMCIS, DSI, ISECON, SEDSI and SEInforms.

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