ISS Teaching Innovation Award

Inaugural INFORMS Information Systems Society Teaching Innovation Award – 2020


Call for Nominations

The INFORMS Information Systems Society (ISS) invites nominations for the Inaugural ISS Teaching Innovation Award. Effective teaching of Information Systems (IS) courses plays a fundamental role in nurturing future generations of IS academics and practitioners. The primary aim of the award is to recognize IS faculty who have made outstanding pedagogical contributions to the IS discipline.

Eligibility and Submission Instructions

This award focuses on recognizing full-time IS educators. Both tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty across all faculty ranks are eligible for nomination. Nomination letters should describe the nominee’s unique and exceptional accomplishments in teaching and education. Generally, the award aims to recognize IS faculty who made teaching contributions that have a broad, discipline-wide impact. Examples of such contributions include (but are not limited to): creating shareable and transferable IS teaching materials (textbooks, cases, games, technology, presentations, etc.) that have been widely adopted; creating/facilitating/promoting faculty communities or teaching-oriented events for disseminating IS teaching ideas, methodologies, and best practices; pioneering innovative programs, courses, or teaching formats; etc. The nomination letter should articulate clearly the nature of the contributions, and how it has affected the IS community.

At this time, nominations for the award are invited from the IS community at large (Members of the awards committee may add other candidates at their discretion and judgment). Though self-nominations are discouraged, anyone can submit a nomination to the Vice-President of ISS by email at: (please state the subject as "Nomination for ISS Teaching Innovation Award - 2020").

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, with the focus on the discipline-wide impact of the candidate’s teaching/educational contributions. This description can include external links (URL) to teaching artifacts or any other supporting evidence. The nomination should also include the candidate’s CV and/or bio.

It is a condition of the award that the ISS Teaching Innovation Award winner 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.

Process and Timeline

An Awards Committee has been formed to recommend candidates for the award for 2020. The committee members are Professors Avi Seidmann (Chair), Gedas Adomavicius, Maytal Saar-Tsechansky, and Jason Chan (ex officio member, ISS Vice President).

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 Teaching Innovation Award winner will be announced during the Conference on Information Systems and Technology (CIST) in conjunction with the INFORMS annual meeting. 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.

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 ISS Sandy Slaughter Early Career Award, and the Nunamaker-Chen Dissertation Award. This year, ISS sponsors several new awards including the ISS Gordon B. Davis Young Scholar Award, the ISS Teaching Innovation Award, and the ISS Practical Impacts Award.