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Harris receives Distinguished Information Systems Educator Award

BOONE—Dr. Al Harris, a professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems and Supply Chain Management at Appalachian State University, has received the 2014 Distinguished Information Systems Educator Award from the Association of Information Technology Professionals Education Special Interest Group (AITP-EDSIG).

View larger imageDr. Al Harris, left, from Appalachian State University is the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Information Systems Educator Award. Also pictured is Appalachian’s Dr. Scott Hunsinger, president of Association of Information Technology Professionals Education Special Interest Group, which presented the award. (Photo submitted.)

Dr. Scott Hunsinger, president of AITP-EDSIG, presented the award Nov. 8 at the Information Systems Education Conference (ISECON) and Conference on Information Systems Applied Research (CONISAR) in Baltimore, Maryland. Hunsinger also is a faculty member at Appalachian.

Recipients of the award have made significant contributions in the field of information systems education through teaching, research and service. The award specifically recognizes efforts that have improved the quality of IS graduates.

Harris, who has been a member of the Walker College of Business faculty since 1989, was named a fellow for AITP-EDSIG in 2010. Having earned the Association of Information Systems Award for Outstanding Contribution to Information Systems Education in 2012, Harris is the only individual who has received both the AIS and AITP/EDSIG IS education awards.

Harris is a past recipient of the College of Business’ Sywassink Faculty Award for Excellence in Service, has been a Fulbright Scholar to the University of Évora in Portugal and has been an exchange professor at the University of Angers in France as well as a faculty leader to numerous international short term study abroad delegations for the college.

He holds a Ph.D. in management information systems (MIS) from Georgia State University, a master’s degree in systems management from George Washington University and a B.S. in quantitative business analysis from Indiana University.

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