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Harris named AITP-EDSIG Fellow

harris_t.jpgBOONE—Dr. Albert L. Harris, a professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems (CIS) in Appalachian State University’s Walker College of Business, has been selected as a Fellow by the Association of Information Technology Professionals Education Special Interest Group (AITP-EDSIG). AITP-EDSIG consists of information systems (IS) educators from around the world.

Harris will be formally recognized during an installation ceremony at the Information Systems Education Conference (ISECON) on Thursday, Oct. 28.

“This recognition is in honor of your sustained, long-term, meaningful and effective support of AITP-EDSIG in its ongoing mission to improve IS education, help IS students, and foster the careers of IS faculty,” AITP-EDSIG President Tomas Janicki wrote in a letter to Harris.

Being named an AITP-EDSIG Fellow is the highest honor that can be bestowed on an AITP-EDSIG member. To be eligible, an AITP-EDSIG member must have a minimum of 10 years of participation in AITP-EDSIG, must have held an AITP-EDSIG leadership role, and must have demonstrated continued involvement in the organization and information systems education.

Harris is one of only two new Fellows who will be honored at the 2010 ISECON in October.

Only 13 AITP-EDSIG members have been honored as an AITP-EDSIG Fellow.

Harris served as treasurer of AITP-EDSIG from 1998-2001. He became editor-in-chief of the Journal of Education Systems Education (JISE) in 2001 and held that position until 2010. JISE is the leading academic journal dealing with IS education. He is currently Editor Emeritus for JISE.

Harris was a member of the AITP-EDSIG Board of Directors from 1998-2010. He is currently serving his second term as a member of the board and secretary for the International Academy for Information Management (IAIM). He also is on the board of directors and secretary of the governing board of Alpha Iota Mu (AIM), the international academic and professional information systems honor society.

Harris joined the CIS Department in 1989. He was department chair from 1998-2001. He was awarded the College of Business Faculty Award for Excellence in Service in 2006. In 2006, he was a Fulbright Scholar to the University of Évora in Portugal and in 2008-09 was an exchange Professor at the University of Angers in France.

He is a visiting professor at the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences in Dornbirn, Austria, each September, and has been a visiting professor to the European Division of the University of Maryland University College, teaching online graduate courses to military personnel stationed in Europe and the Middle East.

Harris is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), a Certified Computer Professional (CCP), and a Certified Management Consultant (CMC). He has more than 80 refereed publications as book chapters, in journals, and in international and national conference proceedings. He co-edited the book “Managing Global Information Technology: Strategies and Challenge.”

He led MBA students on a study abroad to Paris and Angers, France, in 2009 and in 2008 he led undergraduate students on a study abroad to Bangalore, and Delhi, India.