ISS Sandra A. Slaughter Early Career Award

ISS Sandra A. Slaughter Early Career Award

INFORMS Information Systems Society Sandy Slaughter Early Career Award – 2023


Call for Nominations

The Information Systems Society (ISS) invites nominations for the ISS Sandy Slaughter Early Career Award. The spirit of the award is to honor the memory of the late Professor Sandy Slaughter who was tireless in her pursuit of recognizing the potential leaders of the "next generation" of information systems academics. The award will recognize and honor early career individuals who are on a path towards making outstanding intellectual contributions to the information systems discipline.


To be eligible for these awards, individuals must have a) either received doctorate degrees or started tenure-track positions no more than 11 years from the year when they are being considered for the award, and  b) must not be full professors. The award selection committee will automatically allow an exception to the eligibility criterion of 11 years under item a if a nominee has received an approved leave (e.g., maternity, sick or family leave) and the nominator(s) submit a digital copy of the memo or letter about the approved leave. The committee will consider other exceptions to the eligibility criterion of 11 years if a nominee underwent some extenuating circumstances and if the nominator(s) surface such details in their nomination letter. The award selection committee recognizes the multi-dimensional nature of intellectual contributions and will pay attention to a variety of scholarly contributions, including, but not limited to:

  1. Emerging body of thematic and high impact research in the form of publications that are likely to make a significant impact on theory, research, and practice.
  2. Evidence of growing intellectual leadership in the discipline as reflected in editorial appointments, particularly of INFORMS journals.
  3. Other evidence of intellectual contributions that provide a platform for future success.

Nominators are encouraged to provide the award selection committee with specific indicators of the nominee's contributions in these and other categories.

An Award Selection Committee has been formed to assess nominees and select the winners to receive the award for 2023. The committee members are Pei-Yu Chen, Sunil Mithas, Olivia R. Liu Sheng (ex-officio, President-ISS), and D.J. (Dong Jun) Wu (Chair). At this stage, nominations for the award are invited from the information systems community at large. Though self-nominations are discouraged, anyone can email a nomination to the President of ISS, Olivia R. Liu Sheng, and cc: (please state the subject as "Nomination for ISS Sandy Slaughter Early Career Award - 2023").  The deadline for submission of nominations is August 15, 2023.

Submission Instructions

The nomination should include a brief (not to exceed two pages) description of the candidate's achievements and eligibility for the award, and should be accompanied with the nominee’s up-to-date CV and supporting documents for approved leaves, if any. Any member of the award selection committee may nominate additional nominees at their discretion and judgment. However, the ex-officio member cannot vote on the final selection. One ISS member nomination is sufficient, multi-member nomination is not necessary.

The award selection committee will deliberate upon the pool of nominees solely based on information available in their CVs and the nomination letters. Winners of the award and nominators of the non-selected nominees will be notified by September 8, 2023. To be fair to all nominees, the selection committee cannot review new information about the nominees nor will the committee revote on the nominees after the notifications have been sent to the winners and nominators. We kindly request nominators of the non-selected nominees to provide additional information about their nominees in the nomination letters the next year. 

The society will announce the full list of 2023 ISS Sandy Slaughter Early Career Award winners and present them with award plaques at the ISS Award session during the 2023 Conference on Information Systems Technology (CIST) at Phoenix, Arizona. We invite the winners and all of our members to come celebrate the winners’ as well as our society’s achievements at the Award session. Organization details of this celebration event will be updated later.

Prior to the Award session, winners may individually share the good news with their deans, department heads, nominators, mentors and mentees, but the winners and others aware of the winning results should not reveal such information via online social media.

It is a condition of the award that the ISS Sandy Slaughter Early Career be a member of the Information Systems Society, and, except for unusual circumstances approved by the President of ISS, remain a member of the Society until they retire from full-time work.

About the Informs Information Systems Society (ISS)

The Information Systems Society (ISS) supports the intellectual interests of information systems scholars who are members of INFORMS.  It provides support for academic forums such as the annual Conference on Information Systems and Technology (CIST), the spring Theory in Economics of IS (TEIS) workshop, the summer Statistical Challenges in E-Commerce Research (SCECR) conference, and the annual IT Teaching workshop.  The society also provides support for editorial activities and publication of Information Systems Research. In addition, the society sponsors or supports several awards each year including the ISS Distinguished Fellow Award, the Sandy Slaughter Early Career Award, the Gordon Davis Young Scholar Award, the ISS Nunamaker-Chen Dissertation Award, the ISS Practical Impacts Award, the ISS Haim Mendelson Teaching Innovation Award, the ISS Social Justice Best Paper Award, the ISS President's Service Award, the ISS Best Paper in Management Science Award, the ISS Cluster Best Paper Award, and the ISS Cluster Best Session Chair Award to recognize the deserving efforts of our community.