MIS Academic Leadership Conference


As of April 22nd, we've had to postpone the conference due to the Coronavirus. The rescheduled date is to be determined.

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Athens, GA

A vibrant college town and the birthplace of public higher education in the US

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Gartner Group, Terry College of Business, and the MIS Department at UGA

Conference Chairs

Department of Management Information Systems

Dr. Marie-Claude Boudreau

MIS Department Head & Associate Professor

Dr. Hugh J Watson

Professor of MIS

Dr. Elena Karahanna

L. Edmund Rast Professor of Business & UGA Distinguished Research Professor

Conference Schedule

Day 1
Thursday, April 2, 2020

5:30 pm

Welcome Reception

Day 2
Friday, April 3, 2020

8:00 am


8:30 am

Welcome – MIS Department Head Maric Boudreau & Hugh Watson

8:45 am

Welcome – UGA Provost Jack Hu & Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs Mike Pfarrer

9:15 am

Session #1 Deans’ Panel (Trends and Opportunities: Education in the era of AI)

Panelists: Ramayya Krishnan (Carnegie Mellon University), Moez Limayem (University of South Florida), Paul Pavlou (University of Houston), Bruce Weber (University of Delaware)
10:15 am


10:45 am

Session #2: Innovative Ideas and Practices (Curriculum Changes, Advisory Boards, Badges)

Hugh Watson (University of Georgia), “Include Students on Your Advisory Board.” Lakshmi Iyer, (Appalachian State University), “Include Badging in Your MIS Courses.” Craig Piercy (University of Georgia), “Integrate Cloud Computing into the MIS Curriculum.” David Schuff (Temple University), “Redesign Your Courses around APIs, Microservices, etc.”
11:45 am

Gartner Group’s Campus Access - Bob Trotter (Partner)

12:15 pm


12:45 pm

Session #3: Keynote speaker: Bill Franks (AI & Big Data)

1:45 pm

Session #4: AI in the MIS curriculum / research

Panelists: Vijay Khatri (Indiana University), Bloomington De Liu (University of Minnesota), T. Ravichandran (Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute), Alex Tuzhilin (New York University), Andy Wasser (Carnegie Mellon University)
3:00 pm

Leave for debate (walking break)

3:30 pm

Session #5: Debate at Demosthenian Hall (AI and the Future of Work)

5:00 pm

Tailgate Event (at Coca-Cola Plaza)

Day 3
Saturday, April 4, 2020

8:00 am


8:30 am

Association for Information Systems: Updates - Alan Dennis (President)

9:00 am

Session #6 Hot takes on IS-related issues (Publishing, Curriculum, Outreach, Future of the IS Field)

Lars Mathiassen (Georgia State University), “The Need for Clinical Research as a New Publication Genre.” Deepak Khazanchi (University of Nebraska, Omaha), “MIS Programs Should Adopt a ‘Stackable’ Educational Model.” Leif Flak (University of Adgar) and Rick Watson (University of Georgia), “MIS Departments Should Adopt a Village.” Munir Mandviwalla (Temple University), “What Are We Really Teaching (and does it fit today).” Jason Thatcher (University of Alabama), “The Future of the MIS Discipline.”
10:15 am


10:45 am

Session #7 IS Fundraising Best Practices

Panelists: Maric Boudreau (University of Georgia), Sue Brown (University of Arizona), Rich Klein (Florida International University), Radhika Santanam (University of Oklahoma), Raghu Santanam (Arizona State University)
11:45 am

Session #8 From the Editors: Initiatives and Trends

Panelists: Anandhi Bharadwaj (Management Science), Dorothy Leidner (Journal of the Association for Information Systems), Arun Rai (MIS Quarterly)
12:30 pm

Concluding thoughts / box lunches

Signature Events

Signature Events

Reception at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Library

Join us for the Thursday evening opening reception at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. This building was opened in 2012 and brings Georgia's history to life and is a must see for any visitor to Athens.

The building is home to three magnificent archives:

  • The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library
  • The Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
  • The Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection

These libraries acquire, organize, preserve, and provide access to unique and rare materials related to the history and culture of Georgia.

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Bill Franks is Chief Analytics Officer for The International Institute for Analytics (IIA), where he provides perspective on trends in the analytics, data science, AI, and big data space and helps clients understand how IIA can support their efforts to improve analytic performance. In his role, he helps guide IIA’s global community of analytics practitioners in determining the best strategy and path forward for their particular analytics journey. He has held a range of executive positions in the analytics space in the past, including several years as Chief Analytics Officer for Teradata.
Analytics, Data Science, And AI: Where Are We Going from Here?

The speed with which the world of data science is advancing is unprecedented. There are myriad new methods, tools, and data sources coming available on a continuous basis. This impacts the skill sets required by the business community and, by extension, what universities need to offer to prepare students properly for their careers.

This talk will outline some of the trends in roles, organizational models, and analytical approaches that are on the rise with an intent to challenge listeners to carefully consider what changes might be needed in today’s academic programs to react to the trends.

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Debate on AI in Demosthenian Hall

Demosthenian Hall is the fourth oldest building at the University of Georgia and home to the Demosthenian Debate Society.

Constructed in 1824, Demosthenian Hall hosted debates on important topics of the day, and it continues to be used as the home of Demosthenian Debate Society and regular debates. Join us in experiencing and learning the history of this beautifully restored Hall and participate in a debate on the impacts of AI in the workforce. We will follow the Demosthenian Debate Society debating rules, which are fascinating. In route to the Hall, you will see and learn about the history of North Campus.  

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Social and Dinner Tailgate

The Southeastern Conference and the University of Georgia are famous for their football tailgates. Food, beverage, music, games, and socializing start early on game day and continue even after the game. Experience what is like with a Friday evening social hour and dinner tailgate at the Coca-Cola Plaza in the Business Learning Community. Harry Dawg (the human version of Uga) might even make an appearance!

Do you want to have your picture taken with Harry? Would you like to have a Georgia G painted on your cheek? Wear your school colors, because everyone is welcome at a Georgia tailgate.

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