My AIS Membership: Advancing My Career
Monday, December 10, 2012
Jane Fedorowicz, AIS President-elect
Rae D. Anderson Professor of Accounting and Information Systems
Your membership in AIS ensures that you belong to the most important international academic community of Information Systems scholars and educators. Besides indicating your professional affiliation, membership in AIS brings with it many benefits and services that will help you excel in your profession. As a charter member of AIS I am pleased to highlight some of the key member benefits and how I have personally used them over the years to advance my career.
A Global Community
Perhaps the most important benefit of AIS membership is the community itself. As an AIS member I have had access to the best and brightest information systems academics and professionals from all corners of the world, and all they have to offer. Here are just a few of the ways that AIS fosters a sense of community for me:
- Special Interest Groups (SIGs): AIS' 34 SIGs facilitate networking and the exchange of ideas within particular areas of interest.
- Chapters: Joining one of the 31 local chapters enables me to cultivate relationships with my nearby AIS colleagues.
- Faculty Directory: Staying in contact—and establishing new contacts—with my fellow academics has been vital to my career. That’s why AIS offers a comprehensive faculty directory with listings of both member and non-member IS academics throughout the world.
AIS publishes several IS journals that I access for free as an active member. We publish two highly regarded general IS journals, the Journal of the Association for Information Systems and the Communications of the Association for Information Systems, as well as several other specialized ones including AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interactions, RELCASI (our Spanish language journal), and the Journal of Information Technology Theory and Application. Because all of these journals are indexed on the AIS web site as well as in the ACM Library, I am able to easily conduct searches to support my own writing projects. AIS also sends me an email periodically to let me know how many downloads each of my publications in the journals and conference proceedings received.
AIS members enjoy exclusive access to the AIS eLibrary, one of the most comprehensive and extensive e-libraries in the field of information systems. In addition to providing access to our own journals, the library provides free access to several other top IS journals, such as Business & Information Systems Engineering, Management Information Systems Quarterly, Pacific Asia Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Information Systems Journal (our newest addition!), Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems, and MIS Quarterly Executive. The AIS eLibrary also allows me to peruse our conference proceedings and to take advantage of exclusive discounted rates to a growing number of professional journals Saving money on non-AIS journals I would normally subscribe to anyhow is a great bonus in my view.
Meeting up with old and new colleagues at an IS conference year after year is one of the most rewarding parts of my career. AIS makes that possible by hosting the two most preeminent information systems conferences in the world: The International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) and the Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS). Additionally, we have exclusive access to AIS-affiliated conferences, such as the European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), the Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS) and the Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems (MCIS). And many AIS chapters host their own conferences in convenient local settings. Want to make the connections you’ll need to advance your career? Go to an AIS conference!
In just the past three years, AIS has welcomed over 60 student chapters from around the world to our ranks. Representatives from student chapters convene annually at the Student Chapter Leadership Conference, next scheduled for April, 2013 at Walmart’s headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, USA. Students engage in leadership training, meet with potential employers, and compete in technology competitions at this annual event. My university sponsors a student chapter as it is a great way to attract and keep IS majors.
AIS sponsors several awards each year to recognize leaders in our field.
- The LEO Award recognizes outstanding individuals in the field of information systems.
- The AIS Fellow Award honors individuals who have made excellent research, teaching, and service contributions to information systems, both on the local and global level. I feel privileged to have received one of these back in 2006.
- The AIS Award for Excellence in Innovation in IS Education is bestowed upon those who have published excellent papers that focus on information systems education at an AIS-sponsored or affiliate conference.
- The Distinguished Member Award honors members of the information systems community who have passed away before they could be considered for the AIS Leo or Fellow Awards.
- The Best Publications Awards recognize the breadth of high quality work being published within the information systems discipline.
- AIS awards three different annual Technology Awards to deserving members of the information systems community.
My university is actively recruiting new IS faculty, and we find the AIS Career Placement Service to be an invaluable resource for us. We use it to view the latest postings from top IS doctoral students and mid-career colleagues seeking to change universities. Furthermore, my department takes advantage of the open and private placement services that are offered at our two main conferences. .My own doctoral students also make use of this service regularly in their own job searches.
AIS produces a monthly e-newsletter to keep me informed about what’s going on in AIS so I don’t miss out on any great opportunities or information. Take a look at our recent news stories now, or browse archived issues of the AIS newsletters (August 2012 / September 2012 / October 2012).
AIS Council initiates many new activities each year in support of the association’s strategic goals. Recent initiatives have enabled us to
- collaborate on IS curricula with ACM and other organizations,
- support doctoral consortia at ICIS, AMCIS, ECIS and PACIS,
- produce webinars covering everything from scholarship to career planning advice,
- offer free conference workshops on conducting a job search, securing tenure, and how to apply for grants,
- move to a new Association Management System to allow members to better connect to these services and each other,
- support chapters with building membership locally,
- increase AIS visibility on popular social media sites, and
- produce an IS job index (coming Spring, ’13).
Thank you for being a member. I hope you can tell that I am passionate about this organization and how it has helped to advance my career. I encourage you to check out these benefits – use them freely and often. And feel free to contact me or any other Council members with ideas about how we can improve what we do or expand the support we offer you.