International Association for Computer Information Systems
Sunday, June 16, 2024

Ben Bauman Award for Excellence

Ben Bauman was a long time member, officer, Director and contributor to IACIS, and a member of the faculty at James Madison University. Ben made it his life's work to contribute to his profession and university, and to mentor junior faculty and help them realize their potential. He passed away suddenly, and in recognition of his years of service and contributions, IACIS has established an annual award in his honor.

The Ben Bauman Award for Excellence recognizes faculty excellence and service. Candidates for the Ben Bauman Award include senior faculty with significant service to their profession, university and community. Service would include taking a leadership role in professional organizations, assuming significant committee responsibilities and serving the community through civic, church and other activities. While research and scholarship are important activities for all faculty, the major emphasis when reviewing senior faculty nominations for the Ben Bauman Award will be on reviewing their significant and long-term service.

A second category of candidates includes junior faculty showing outstanding scholarship, service and great promise. It is expected that candidates in this category will not have a long record of scholarship and service, but will have recognizable achievements. The major emphasis when reviewing junior faculty nominations for the Ben Bauman Award will be on the candidate's potential and promise for a significant academic career.

Nominations will be accepted for both junior and senior faculty, with one candidate from all nominations selected each year to receive the award. Nominations for the Ben Bauman Award for Excellence are accepted from September until March, with selection made in June or July for awarding at the annual conference in the fall.

To nominate someone for this award, send email to Daryl Nord, Executive Director



Dr. Peter Cardon is a professor of business communication at the University of Southern California. His teaching and research are at the intersection of communication, culture, and technology. Over the past five years, the primary focus of his research has been the impact of artificial intelligence on communication and collaboration. With the rapid adoption of generative AI, he is now working with global partners on projects about AI adoption, the impact of AI on interpersonal relationships, and AI literacy in the workplace. He is leading the Marshall School of Business's effort to train professors in AI and guiding the discussion about integrating AI into teaching and learning. IACIS has been a professional home for Pete since he first attended an IACIS conference in Vancouver, Canada in 2007. He has always felt IACIS has a unique focus on research-driven teaching and a fantastic camaraderie among its members. He feels indebted to IACIS for fostering a community of dedicated members in the discipline. He also appreciates that IACIS creates a space for cross-disciplinary research. One of Peter's main professional and personal interests is building cross-cultural ties. He has spent time in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong and has hosted many international visiting scholars for yearlong visits. Peter loves the ability of higher education to make the world a closer place.


Dr. Debra J. Borkovich is a Business Anthropologist and a Digital/Agile Ethnographic Researcher. Debra conducts in-field and online immersive ethnographies of Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, and emerging tech start-ups as a strategic business consultant. She is also a licensed Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM); and teaches information systems, leadership, business, project management, and research courses as an Adjunct Professor at Middle Georgia State University, USA. Debra also volunteers her free time as a Small Business Advocate and Mentor to emerging high technology hardware, software, and robotics companies. Honors included being named one of the "Best Women in Business" by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, USA; the "Small Business Advocate of the Year" by the Society of American Military Engineers; Small Business Administration "National Eisenhower Award;" Environmental Protection Agency "National OSDBU Director's Award;" 6 Department of Defense "National Nunn-Perry Mentor-Protege? Awards;" 3 "National IT Corporation Quality Awards;" 2 Middle Georgia State University "Adjunct Faculty Dean's Teaching Awards;" and the recipient of the first annual IACIS USA "Jay Liebowitz Outstanding Student Research Award." Debra also participated as a frequent Panelist for the "White House Roundtable of Private Sector Best Business Practices." Debra's philosophy of research and education is that learning is a life-long-mission, and all experiences enhance personal self-worth, growth, and confidence regardless of its origination. She advocates that all events (tangible, intangible, digital, analog, visible, invisible, written, oral, sensory, etc.) holistically comprise the multiple and valuable "information systems" that are within each one of us.


Dr. Kevin Floyd is associate dean and professor of information technology at Middle Georgia State University. He has published many articles in the areas of cybersecurity, leadership and ethics, and instructional technology. Kevin's professional accomplishments include working and mentoring junior faculty with research projects and helping lead the development of the University's graduate programs. Kevin has managed numerous projects and grants for the university and community including project manager for the Wi-Fi Macon project and managed a significant NSF award for the Cyberforensics lab for the university. This grant included leading security training and presentations at various universities and the local community. In addition, Kevin has been recognized with university awards for service, academic achievements, and scholarship.


Dr. Alan Peslak is a professor of Information Sciences and Technology and Discipline Coordinator at Penn State University. After 25 years in private industry including serving as Vice President of Finance for a major division of Akzo Nobel n.v., he earned his Ph.D. from Nova Southeastern University and MBA from the University of Scranton and entered the academy at Penn State University in 2002. He has taught a wide variety of information technology, business, and statistics courses over his academic career. Dr. Peslak was named IST faculty member of the year in 2012-2013 by the Penn State College of IST. His research areas focus on the social, legal, and ethical impact of information technology. In addition, his recent research focus has been on sentiment and linguistic analysis as well as qualitative analysis of information technology content, leading to several significant contributions in this nascent field. He is the author of over 100 peer reviewed publications with leadership positions at numerous external organizations and conferences. We congratulate the 2020 Ben Bauman Award for Excellence winner, Professor Alan Peslak, for his significant record of service to the profession, as well as his university, department, students, and community.


Dr. Bryan Marshall is a Professor of Information Systems in the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business at Georgia College and State University teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses. He is an active researcher and scholar. He has published more than 25 research manuscripts, made numerous research presentations, and received several research grants from his home university and from Microsoft. Dr. Marshall's career exemplifies significant and long-term service to the profession, academic and scholarly achievements, and mentoring and leadership of students. We congratulate the 2019 Ben Bauman Award for Excellence winner, Professor Bryan Marshall, for his significant record of service to the profession, as well as his university, department, students, and community.


Dr. Alex Koohang is a Peyton Anderson Endowed Chair in Information Technology, Professor, and Dean of the School of Information Technology at Middle Georgia State University. In addition to leading the School of Information Technology in providing graduate, undergraduate and certificate programs, he spearheaded the School of Information Technology and the faculty in earning the university designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Security Agency (NSA). Dr. Koohang holds both the Accelerated Leadership Certificate and the Executive Leadership Certificate conferred by the University System of Georgia. As an active researcher, he has authored more than 70 published research manuscripts, numerous refereed proceedings, three training manuals, and seven books. Expanding the impact of his work beyond the United States, he has presented his research findings at conferences throughout the world, including Slovenia, Portugal, Poland, Bulgaria, Serbia, Italy, England, Mexico, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Spain, and Canada. Dr. Koohang currently serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Computer Information Systems. He is the Past President of the International Association for Computer Information Systems, Fellow at the Informing Science Institute, and an Advisory Board member of the International Institute for Applied Knowledge Management. Professor Koohang has also been the recipient of numerous research grants and has been recognized with university awards for service, academic achievements, and research/scholarship.


Dr. Wenying "Nan" Sun has been a faculty member at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, for the past fifteen years. During this time, she has worked closely with her Washburn Computer Information Sciences students, helping them sharpen their research and writing skills, as well as guiding their overall academic development. In addition to working closely with students in various research projects, Professor Sun has been a prolific researcher and writer. She has published almost forty referred technical and research papers in journals and conference proceedings and has made conference presentations throughout North America. Professor Sun has had a significant and positive impact on her students over the years, has contributed to Information Technology education through her many conference presentations and scholarly publications, and has advanced Information Technology knowledge through her numerous research projects. Her extensive work with students supports the IACIS mission of developing knowledge and skills of Information Systems and technology professionals. We congratulate Wenying "Nan" Sun as the recipient of the 2017 Ben Bauman Award for Excellence award.


Dr. Deanna Klein, Professor of Business Information Technology, College of Business, Minot State University, Minot, ND. During the course of her career at Minot State University, Professor Klein has served on many college and university committees, including Faculty Research and Small Grants (currently Chair), MSU Student Mentoring Program, Promotion Committee, and Dean's Advisory Board. She has received several grants, the most notable of which was to investigate "Technology to Enhance Student Engagement in the College of Business." She has co-edited and written a chapter in Strategic Data-Base Wisdom in the Big Data Era for IGI Global, and has numerous referred publications in journals and academic proceedings. Professor Klein is the Past President of the International Association for College of Business Education - Region 5, and regularly attends and participates in professional conferences, both at home and abroad. Professor Klein is currently serving in the Faculty Senate, and as Department Chair, Business Information Technology, at Minot State University. Over the past 25 years Professor Klein has made significant contributions to Minot State University and her profession through her service as a scholar, teacher, and administrator. Her record is impressive, and we congratulate Professor Klein on being selected to receive the 2016 Ben Bauman Award for Excellence.


Dr. Pamela Dupin-Bryant, Professor of Management Information Systems, Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, Utah State University, Tooele Regional Campus, Utah. During the course of her career Professor Dupin-Bryant has published 21 referred scholarly articles, 13 referred proceedings, and made numerous presentations at scholarly meetings and conferences. Professor Dupin-Bryant has a remarkable record of service to her university and profession, along with impressive scholarship, research and publication. We congratulate Professor Dupin-Bryant on being selected to receive the 2015 IACIS Ben Bauman Award for Excellence.


Dr. Jean Pratt, Associate Professor, Information Systems, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI.

Professor Pratt began her teaching career at Utah State University, and after several years joined the IS faculty at UWEC. During her tenure at UWEC she has been active in campus governance, serving as a member of the University Faculty Senate for four years, Chair of the Academic Policies Committee, and Chair of the IS Industry Advisory Committee. Professor Pratt has also been active in professional organizations, serving as Secretary, Vice President and President of IACIS, Associate Editor of the International Journal of Innovation and Learning, and Editor of the International Journal of Management in Education. Her more than 50 research manuscripts have been published in both academic journals and conference proceedings, and have been presented at conferences throughout the world. Professor Pratt has a remarkable record of service to her university and profession, along with significant scholarship and publication during her academic career, and we congratulate her on being selected to receive the 2014 IACIS Ben Bauman Award for Excellence.


Dr. Susan Haugen Behling, Treasurer, International Association for Computer Information Systems

Dr. Haugen Behling has more than 30 publications and served her department, college, and university on numerous committees and in various leadership roles. She is both a Certified Management Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor, and is a recognized expert in distance learning. She spent 17 years on the Board of Directors of Royal Credit Union, one of the largest credit unions in Wisconsin with over $1 billion in assets. While teaching at UW - Eau Claire she was active in Beta Alpha Psi (national accounting honorary society), serving as the chapter faculty advisor for 20 years and as well as being on the National Board of Directors. In 1989 she received the Outstanding Faculty Advisor award. For the past 21 years Dr. Haugen Behling has served on the IACIS Board of Directors as Treasurer and Director of Conference Arrangements, and was selected as the 2004 IACIS Computer Educator of the Year. In recognition of her long years of service to her university, her students, her community, and especially to IACIS, the IACIS Board of Directors unanimously selected Dr. Susan Haugen Behling as recipient of the 2013 Ben Bauman Award for Excellence.


Dr. Michel Mitri, Professor of Computer Information Systems, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, USA.

Professor Mitri began his teaching career at Eastern Michigan University, and after nine years accepted a position at James Madison University (JMU). Over the past 20 years Professor Mitri has been selected for many grants and awards, including two U.S. Dept. of Education international business grants, the Donald M. Kroeber Development Fellowship Award at JMU, the J. W. and Alice S. Marriott Faculty Fellowship Award (also at JMU), and the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council's Innovative Technology Application Award. His more than 60 research manuscripts have been published in both academic journals and conference proceedings, as well as in the Encyclopedia of Management and IBM's online DeveloperWorks tutorial series.


Dr. Tom Seymour, Professor of Management Information Systems, Minot State University, Minot, ND, USA.

Professor Seymour has taught at Minot State for more than 25 years and has been active in creating internet based courses, writing technology related articles for the popular press, participated in numerous research projects, and is a prolific writer for academic journals and conference presentations. A member of the North Dakota Senate for ten years and active in local politics, Professor Seymour has received numerous awards, including the 2009 Mayville State University Distinguished Alumni Award.

Dr. Maria Elena Corbeil, Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at Brownsville, USA.

Professor Maria Elena Corbeil is described as an "award winning writer, dedicated public servant and respected teacher." During her five years on the faculty Professor Corbeil has produced 12 referred manuscripts, made numerous conference presentations, and received the 2007 IACIS Best Pedagogy Paper Award, the 2007 EDUCASE Quarterly Contribution of the Year Award, and the 2008 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Excellence Award.


Dr. Matthew North, Assistant Professor of Information Technology Leadership, Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA, USA

Professor North began his computing career as a software implementation specialist and software engineer with several organizations, spending his final years with e-Bay. In 2004 he began his teaching career at Washington & Jefferson, and during the past six years has authored 11 scholarly publications and given ten conference presentations. He also serves as IT Education Editor of Computers & Society, as well as Editorial Board member and Reviewer for several scholarly journals. Professor North was selected to receive the 2007 New Frontiers in Education International New Faculty Fellows Award and the 2007 Gamma Sigma Alpha Outstanding Professor Award.


Dr. Monica Holmes, Professor of Management Information Systems and Associate Dean, College of Business, Central Michigan University, USA

Professor Holmes has 15 years of teaching, service and administrative experience at Central Michigan, where she has been active in providing leadership for AITP and Women Leaders in Higher Education. Dr. Holmes has chaired the MBA Advisory Board and the BIS Department, as well as serving as Associate Dean, and has participated in numerous grants and fund raising activities during her career at Central Michigan. She has also been an active researcher, publishing more than 30 research manuscripts.


Dr. Gary DeLorenzo, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, California University of Pennsylvania, California, PA, USA

Professor DeLorenzo spent more than 30 years in industry as programmer, analyst, consultant and manager before entering academia. In his short academic career, Professor DeLorenzo has gained a reputation as someone who brings people together and gets them exited, shares his industrial experience with students, and is bringing his energy and knowledge to his academic research. He has presented and published his research both nationally and internationally, and Dr. DeLorenzo and his students provide ongoing data base consulting and support services for the John Heinz History Museum, Pittsburgh, PA.


Dr. Sean McGann, Associate Professor, Management Information Systems Department, Ohio University, Athens, OH, USA

Dr. McGann began his business career with Anderson Consulting, leaving to form his own eBusiness startup. After accepting a faculty appointment at Ohio University, Professor McGann has spearheaded a major MIS curriculum reform, authored more than a dozen research manuscripts, and serves on numerous college and university committees. He also serves as advisor to the AITP Chapter and as Assistant Director of the Ohio University Integrated MBA Program.



Dr. Roy A. Boggs, Professor of Computer Information Systems, Lutgert College of Business, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL 

Professor Boggs has had the unique opportunity to be a force in the creation of a new educational institution, Florida Gulf Coast University. He has served as Professor of MIS, Department Chair and Academic Dean during the past seven years as the university has grown from an idea to a 7,500 student, AACSB accredited institution. During his academic career Professor Boggs has taught at four universities and has served as a Visiting Professor and/or Fulbright Fellow at five overseas universities. He has been a pioneer in teaching technology courses to an international student population over the Internet and is an active scholar: his work includes text books, journal articles and presentation proceedings.



Dr. Jack Russell, Morrison Professor of Computer Information Systems, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA

Jack is recognized as a leader and innovator in CIS Education, especially in the areas of Systems Analysis and Design and CASE. He has coached and taken students to programming and SA&D competitions for the past 20 years, and his teams have placed in the top 3 almost every year. They have been first in the SA&D contest for each of the past five years. Jack is the recipient of many awards for his work with students, curriculum, academic programs and professional associations.



Dr. Winston Tellis, Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Operations Management, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT

Winston joined the faculty after more than 25 years leading Academic and Administrative Computing at Fairfield. He has brought both his technical skills and his lifelong commitment to outreach and serving the underprivileged in Harlem, Haiti, Nicaragua and Ecuador to his students. His aim is to link students with the developing world, encourage volunteerism and assist less fortunate populations throughout the world.



Dr. Binshan Lin, Professor of Management and Marketing, Louisiana State University, Shreveport

Binshan has received the Outstanding Faculty Award six times, received six "Best Paper" awards, has published over 100 manuscripts, and serves as editor or associate editor for 12 academic journals. He is also responsible for 20 research and development grants for his university.



Dr. Robert Mills, Assistant Professor of Business Information Systems, Utah State University

In less than five years, Robert has published more than 20 scholarly works, developed and taught distance learning courses to sites in Utah and Wyoming, obtained external funding and grants of more than $100,000 and has been ranked number one for departmental teaching faculty.



Dr. Tom Hilton, Professor of Business Information Systems and Education, Utah State University

Tom has been active in numerous academic organizations and has served IACIS as an Officer, Director or webmaster for eight years. In addition to active research and publication, Tom serves as a Bishop in the LDS church and as major professor for 8 doctoral and 55 master's students.



Dr. Paul Stephens, Assistant Professor of Business Management and Administration, Bradley University

Paul began his career as a teaching assistant at Bradley and had his first manuscript accepted for publication while still a student. Since joining the faculty full time, he has authored several manuscripts, written a book chapter and developed a reputation as a teacher that focuses his class activities on developing critical thinking and communications skills.