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The AIS Faculty Directory

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The AIS Faculty Directory, which began as a printed directory more than 20 years ago, currently contains online information about approximately 6,000 IS academics from six different continents. Through this tool, you can search for faculty by name, by institution, or by research areas. To get started, please click here.

If you have any questions about the directory, please contact the AIS Webmaster.

History

In 1994, under the ISWorld leadership of Blake Ives, AIS members began to seek creative ways to use the new World Wide Web to benefit IS academics. Since the printed faculty directory was so useful to members of the information systems community, it was natural to transfer this content and information to an online platform. A Directory Advisory Board met at ICIS in 1994 to discuss the future online coordination of print, regional, and specialty factory directories. Through the generous support of McGraw-Hill, the University of Minnesota (who oversaw the directory until 2008), and countless faculty members, the online directory launched on June 1, 1995.

The AIS Faculty Directory has since had a significant impact on the development of the information systems profession. While many people were involved in the printed directories, Jan DeGross, in particular, made an invaluable contribution with her dedication, perseverance, and skill in maintaining the database, collecting and managing updates, and producing the finished copy. Furthermore, Gordon Davis and Gary Dickson foresaw the potential that a directory could have in unifying the information systems field, and contributed their own files for the initial data collection of the first printed edition in 1983.

In 2008, the University of Minnesota graciously agreed to donate the Faculty Directory to AIS to merge with the AIS member directory as part of a strategic initiative to integrate the various technology operations. Its provision as part of our professional association has to increased use and value.

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