ISS Sandra A. Slaughter Early Career Award

ISS Sandra A. Slaughter Early Career Award

The 2020 winners have been announced during CIST 2020 on Nov 8, 2020. We are not currently accepting nominations.

INFORMS Information Systems Society Sandy Slaughter Early Career Award – 2020


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 their doctorate or started a tenure-track position no earlier than 10 years from this call (Fall 2020) and, b) must not be full professors.  The awards 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 awards committee with specific indicators of the nominee's contributions in these and other categories.

An Awards Committee has been formed to recommend candidates for the award for 2020. The committee members are Anandhi Bharadwaj, Olivia Sheng, D.J. Wu (ex-officio, President-ISS), and Han Zhang (Chair). At this stage, nominations for the award are invited from the information systems community at large. Though self-nominations are discouraged, anyone can submit a nomination to the President of ISS by email at: (please state the subject as "Nomination for ISS Sandy Slaughter Early Career Award - 2020").  The deadline for submission of nominations is August 1, 2020.

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 a CV and/or a bio. Members of the awards committee may add other candidates at their discretion and judgment.

The awards committee will deliberate upon the pool of nominees and make recommendations to the President of the Information Systems Society.  Winners of the award will be informed early September, 2020.  The 2020 ISS Sandy Slaughter Early Career Award winner will be announced during the Conference on Information Systems and Technology (CIST) to be held in conjunction with the INFORMS annual meeting in National Harbor, MD.  A plaque from the society will be presented, followed by a reception and felicitation of the award winners. Organization details of this celebration event are dependent on the developments of the CIST.

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 Nunamaker-Chen Dissertation Award. In addition to these awards, ISS is sponsoring three new awards this year, namely the ISS Gordon B. Davis Young Scholar Award, the ISS Teaching Innovation Award, and the ISS Practical Impacts Award, to recognize the deserving efforts of our community.