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Welcome to IACIS!


Our Vision
Our vision is to be one of the leading international academic information systems and technology professional organizations.

Our Mission
We value activities that develop the knowledge and skills of information systems and technology academics, by providing a forum for networking and discussing research ideas and findings, encouraging the sharing of teaching best practices, and supporting the development of high quality curriculum.

The International Association for Computer Information Systems (IACIS) is a nonprofit association founded in 1960 and dedicated to the improvement of information systems and the education of information systems and computer professionals. These goals are accomplished through various activities, recognition awards, and publications.

The Journal of Computer Information Systems (JCIS)
Published four times a year, the Journal of Computer Information Systems (JCIS) is the forum for IACIS members and other information systems and business professionals to present their research and ideas. Each issue provides a wealth of timely and informative articles, as well as thought-provoking commentaries. The editor and editorial review board are committed to providing members with the best quality articles in a timely manner, ensuring a journal that members will find useful as well as informative in their teaching and professional activities.

Issues in Information Systems (IIS)
IIS is the official publication of the IACIS Annual Conference. IIS is a refereed, serial publication of IACIS that is registered with the US Library of Congress (ISSN 1529-7314) and listed in the Eighth Edition of Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Management and Marketing. Volume I of IIS was published with the 2000 IACIS Annual Conference. All submissions to IIS are double-blind refereed.

The IACIS Annual Conference
The IACIS annual conference gives professors and other information systems professionals the opportunity to meet, discuss timely issues, and participate in the presentation and discussion of research, applications, and other technology-related topics. The conference also provides a forum for individuals from diverse geographical locations and varied working and teaching environments to come together and discuss educational and other important topics. Papers accepted for presentation at the conference are reviewed, and those selected are assembled in a refereed serial publication distributed to all conference participants and is also available for purchase by other interested individuals and organizations. Other presentations are published in the conference proceedings. IACIS tries to schedule the Annual Conference at a site outside the United States every third or fourth year.


IACIS History


IACIS was formed in 1960 as the Society for Automation in Business Education. The primary purpose of the founding organization was to promote as understanding of the use of computers in training business students. In 1969 the organization incorporated and changed its name to the Society of Data Educators. As the focus of information technology changed from data processing to information systems, the Society saw the need for change as well.

To reflect the changing times, the name was changed in 1987 to the Association for Computer Educators. To meet the needs of the membership, the organization became the International Association for Computer Information Systems in 1990. Through all the changes, the Association had maintained its service to its membership. The large body of members with more than 10 years of association with the organization attests to the way the Association has met their needs.

The main purpose of the organization always has been to promote the growth and development of knowledge and understanding of computer automation, including information systems, management sciences computer science and applied education technology. Even though technology continues to change, this mission remains central to all activities of the Association.

The International Association for Computer Information Systems
  • Fosters an active partnership between leaders in business and education seeking to realize the potential of business information systems and computer technologies.
  • Provides faculty an arena to present scholarly and applied research and papers related to business and computer systems, technology and telecommunications, and technical and computer education.
  • Supports discussion and networking for faculty and computer professionals with the annual international conference.
  • Recognizes superior scholarship by selecting for recognition outstanding papers for pedagogy and research at the annual conference.
  • Provides an internationally recognized and refereed computer information systems journal for members and others.
  • Provides a refereed serial publication for conference participants and others.
  • Recognizes outstanding individuals through the Computer Educator of the Year award and the Ben Bauman Award for Excellence.

IACIS Founder


Enoch Haga was ahead of his time. After serving in the military in Korea, he pursued graduate education at Sacramento State. He completed a MA in 1958 with a thesis describing the impact of data processing on business education - perhaps the first formalized study on the topic ever done in the U.S. Shortly after accepting a teaching appointment at Stanislaus State University in 1960, Dr. Haga and Dr. E. Dana Gibson, a faculty member at San Diego State, collaborated to form the Society for Automation in Business Education (SABE). The purpose was "to promote the growth and development of knowledge and understanding of automation among business teachers and other interested parties." Beginning with a handful of educators interested in automation, the organization took off with some good publicity from Computerworld and other publications.

Through the organization, Professor Haga spearheaded solutions to four areas of need: 1) established the Certified Data Educator program to validate technical and other knowledge; 2) established a quarterly publication to share knowledge and research; 3) scheduled an annual conference; and 4) established the Data Educator of the Year Award. On November 23, 1960, the first issue of Data Processor, the official publication of SABE was delivered to members.

To broaden the appeal in the 1970s the organization changed its name to the Society of Data Educators. As the organization grew and prospered, members came forward to take leadership roles, and Dr. Haga slowly relinquished control and returned to his first love—writing and researching. He retired from a career in teaching and administration in 1992 and continues to write and revise his many books. As the environment and needs changed, the organization once again sought to more clearly identify its role and mission, changing the name to the International Association for Computer Information Systems.