ISS Distinguished Fellow Award

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

INFORMS Information Systems Society Distinguished Fellow Award – 2020


Call for Nominations

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.

This is a call for nominations for the ISS Distinguished Fellow Awards for 2020.


The primary aim of the award is to recognize individuals who have made outstanding intellectual contributions to the information systems discipline. 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. Publications that have made a significant impact on theory, research, and practice.
  2. Intellectual leadership in the discipline as reflected in editorial appointments, particularly of INFORMS journals.
  3. Intellectual stewardship of the field as reflected in the mentoring of doctoral students and young researchers.

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 Ritu Agarwal, Jason Chan (chair, ex officio-ISS Vice President), Alok Gupta and Alexander Tuzhilin. At this time, nominations for the award are invited from the information systems community at large. 

Submission Instructions

Though self-nominations are discouraged, anyone can submit a nomination to the chair of the awards committee by email: (please state the subject as "Nomination for 2020 ISS Fellow").  The deadline for submission of nominations is August 1, 2020.

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 on the pool of nominees and make their recommendations to the Information Systems Society officers. Winners of the award will be informed in early September, 2020.  The 2020 ISS Distinguished Fellows 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 Fellows be members of the Information Systems Society, and, except for unusual circumstances approved by the President of ISS, remain members of the Society until they retire from full-time work.