AIS Education Awards

AIS Award for Innovation in Teaching

This award recognizes innovation in teaching approaches/techniques (pedagogy) as well as in delivering courses and programs. This award specifically focuses on the uniqueness/innovativeness that increases student interest and drives achievement. This award recognizes programs, projects, and activities that demonstrate best practices as well as creative uses of technology to enhance teaching and learning. It also recognizes educators for their innovative uses of teaching techniques in the classroom.

You may either nominate yourself or a colleague. In your nomination package (no more than 10 pages), you must include the following:

  • Cover sheet containing full contact and affiliation information of the nominator and nominee
  • Description of the innovative application – explain why it is an innovative and unique approach
  • Support for its effectiveness in the classroom
  • Educational objective(s) of the approach
  • Sample teaching and learning materials. Any material providing additional support
  • A copy of the nominee’s CV (not included as part of the 10 pages)

Please send all completed nomination information to to the AIS VP of Education, Heikki Topi.

The nominee must be an AIS member. Members of the AIS Council and selection committee are not eligible for consideration.

Innovation in Teaching Previous Winners

  • Gabriele Piccoli, Louisiana State University and University of Pavia
  • Joaquin Rodriquez, Louisiana State University
  • Biagio Palese, Northern Illinois University
  • Marcin Bartosiak, University of Pavia 
  • Wu He, Old Dominion University
  • Riana Steyn, University of Pretoria
  • Ilia Bider, Stockholm University
  • Martin Henkel, Stockholm University
  • Stewart Kowalski,
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Erik Perjons, Stockholm University
  • Jan Marco Leimeister, Kassel University
  • Oliver Krancher, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • JP Allen, University of San Francisco
  • Jan vom Brocke, University of Liechtenstein
  • Trevor T. Moores, ESSEC Business School

AIS Award for Outstanding Contribution to IS Education

This award recognizes a faculty who has made outstanding contributions to information systems (IS) education. Contributions to IS pedagogy include:

  • Competence of the subject and continuous contribution to the field
  • Curriculum Development – design and redesign of courses
  • Ability to inspire independent and original thinking in students
  • Guidance of research projects (graduate and undergraduate)
  • Advising students
  • New teaching tools/methods
  • Publishing books or papers related to pedagogy
  • Other contributions that make a significant difference to IS pedagogy

You may nominate yourself, a colleague, or an instructor. Nomination packages (no more than 5 pages) must include:

  • Cover sheet containing full contact and affiliation information of the nominator and nominee
  • Description of the outstanding contributions of the nominee to IS education
  • Any material providing additional support
  • A copy of the nominee’s CV (not included as part of the 5 pages)

Please send all completed nomination information to the AIS VP of Education, Heikki Topi.

The nominee must be an AIS member. Members of the AIS Council and selection committee are not eligible for consideration.

Previous Outstanding Contribution to IS Education Winners

Jan Marco Leimeister, University of St. Gallen & University of Kassel

Keng Siau, Missouri University of Science and Technology

James Gaskin, Brigham Young University

Jan vom Brocke, University of Lichtenstein

Munir Mandviwalla, Temple University

Heikki Topi, Bentley University

Venky Shankararaman, Singapore Management University

  • Mary Granger. George Washington University
  • Alan Dennis, Indiana University

Albert L. Harris, Appalachian State University

If you have any questions about this award, please contact the AIS VP of Education, Heikki Topi.

AIS Award for Best Conference Paper in IS Education

This award recognizes the importance of pedagogy research in the Information Systems field. Papers that focus on IS education-related topics at any AIS sponsored or affiliated conference are eligible for the award.

Either the conference chair or the track chair can submit the nomination for the best paper award by e-mail to the AIS VP of Education, Heikki Topi, with the nominated conference paper included as an attachment. Only one paper from each conference can be nominated.

The nominated papers will be reviewed by a selection committee chaired by the AIS VP of Education. The AIS VP of Education will distribute the nominated papers to the selection committee for evaluation and ranking. Only one paper will be selected as the best paper, unless there is a tie.

At least one of the authors of the nominated paper must be an AIS member. Papers co-authored by members of the selection committee are not eligible for consideration. Nominations must be submitted to AIS VP of Education.

Previous Best Conference Paper in IS Education Winners

“SMU Teaching Bank: Case Study of a Multiyear Development Project Utilizing Student Resources” – Alan Megargel, Terence Fan Ping-Ching, and Venky Shankararaman

“Can We Trust Teaching Evaluations When Response Rates are not High? Implications from a Monte Carlo Simulation” – Jun He and Lee Freeman, University of Michigan-Dearborn

“Assess and Promote Students’ Group Cohesion in Larger Sized Classrooms” – Michael Kallookaran and Susanne Robra-Bissantz, Technische Universitaet Braunschweig

 “Aligning IS Curriculum With Industry Skill Expectations: A Text Mining Approach” – Patrick Föll, Frédéric Thiesse

“Innovating Business Systems Labs for Engaging iGeneration Students” – Timothy Hill, San Jose State University and William Nance, San Jose State University

“Business-Driven IT Transformation at Royal Philips: Shedding Light on (Un)Rewarded Complexity” – Martin Mocker, MIT Center for Information Systems research and Reutlingen University; Eric van Heck Eramus University 

“Using Practitioner Stories to Design Learning Experiences in Visual Analytics” Olivera Marjanovic

“A Field Experiment in Blended Learning: Performance Effects of Supplementing the Traditional Classroom Experience with a Web-based Virtual Learning Environment” Tim Hill, Laku Chidambaram, and Jama Summers

“Bringing the Outside World to the Remote Mountains: the Nepal Wireless Networking Project” by Maung K. Sein, Devinder Thapa, and Øystein Sæbø

  • “Students’ Motivations for using Contemporary Technologies in Learning: A Structural Approach” by Zixiu Guo, Ken Stevens, and Yuan Li
  • “Leveraging the Web Enjoyment Experience for Informal Online Learning: A Field Study” by Aleck C. H. Lin, Shirley Gregor, Olga Vasilyeva, and Jessica C. C. Huang

If you have any questions about this award, please contact the AIS VP of Education, Heikki Toppi.