A Message from the President: Spring 2019 Council Report
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Posted by: Brook Pritchett
In March, the AIS Council met via teleconference to hold its quarterly meeting to discuss the progress of the association as well as future initiatives to continue the organization’s impact on the field of information systems. A few major advancements have been achieved.
First, a new position, Associate Vice President, was established. In exciting news to help support our very active Council members, the group approved the bylaws in support of the formation of Associate Vice Presidents. These Associate Vice Presidents will focus on tactical completion of projects and initiatives to help support each of their respective vice presidents. This also serves as an opportunity for emerging leaders to become more involved in the association. The Associate Vice President positions will be appointed at the nomination of Vice Presidents and approval of the AIS President.
Second, a new membership structure was approved. The new structure will include distinguished members so that loyal members can be promoted. Details of this new membership structure will be released by the Vice President of Membership.
Third, new student grants were approved. In an effort to further advance AIS as a global leader for excellence in information systems research, practice, and education, Council approved the formation of the AIS & Bocconi University PhD Student Travel Grant Program as well as the AIS PhD Student Membership Grant Program. These two programs will help to provide financial support for PhD Students in the field of information systems.
Fourth, new affiliate journals have been added. To provide even more opportunity for research to AIS members, the council approved the Journal of Business Analytics as an AIS affiliated Journal to enrich the content of the AIS e-Library. More journals are expected join in the future.
Finally, a new editor in Chief of JAIS has been appointed. Dorothy Leidner has been named the new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Association of Information Systems. Leidner has been a long-time member and volunteer with AIS and serves on the AIS Senior Scholars College. The council welcomes her on board.