Distinguished IS Educator Award

2013 Award Winner

Joseph Valacich

Al Harris

Joseph (Joe) Valacich is the Terry Valeski Professor of MIS and the Director of Online Programs in the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona; he is also a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems (2009). He was previously on the faculty at Indiana University, Bloomington, and Washington State University, Pullman. He has had visiting faculty appointments at City University of Hong Kong, Buskerud College (Norway), the Helsinki School of Economics and Business, and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. He currently teaches in a program for Riga Technical University (Latvia). He received a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona (MIS), and an M.B.A. and B.S. (computer science) from the University of Montana where he was a four-year varsity track athlete on scholarship. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Valacich worked in the software industry in Seattle, in both large and start-up organizations.

Dr. Valacich has served on various national task forces designing model curricula for the information systems discipline, including IS ’97, IS 2002, and IS 2010: The Model Curriculum and Guidelines for Undergraduate Degree Programs in Information Systems, where he was co-chairperson. He also served on the task force that designed MSIS 2000 and 2006: The Master of Science in Information Systems Model Curriculum. He served on the executive committee, funded by the National Science Foundation, to define the IS Program Accreditation Standards and served on the board of directors for CSAB (formally, the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board), representing the Association for Information Systems (AIS). He was the general conference co-chair for the 2003 International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) and the 2012 Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS); both were held in Seattle.

Dr. Valacich has conducted numerous corporate training and executive development programs for organizations, including AT&T, Boeing, Dow Chemical, EDS, Exxon, FedEx, General Motors, Microsoft, and Xerox. He is currently a Senior Editor at MIS Quarterly, and the incoming Editor-in-Chief for the AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction. His primary research interests include human-computer interaction, data visualization, cyber security, e-business, and distance education. Dr. Valacich is a prolific scholar, publishing more than 200 scholarly articles in numerous prestigious journals and conferences, including: Academy of Management Journal, AIS Transactions on HCI, Communications of the ACM, Decision Sciences, Information Systems Research, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of the AIS, Journal of MIS, MIS Quarterly, Management Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and many others. His scholarly work has had a tremendous impact not only on the IS field, but also on a number of other disciplines, including computer science, cognitive and social psychology, marketing, and management. In June 2013, Google Scholar lists his citation counts over 12,100, with an H-index of 50. He has also coauthored several leading textbooks.

Dr. Valacich was awarded the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Montana Alumni Association and the 2009 Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Montana’s School of Business Administration. Dr. Valacich is ranked as one of the most prolific scholars in the history of MIS Quarterly over the life of the journal (1977-2012) (see misq.org). Throughout his career, he has won numerous teaching, service, and research awards.