About the AIS Educator Association
The AIS Educator Association (AISEA) is a non-profit organization of
Accounting Information Systems (AIS) professors and was formed
in 1999 by Professor John R. “Jack” Stewart, University
of Northern Colorado.
Membership is concentrated in the U.S., but includes faculty from Hong
Kong, Australia, Canada, and other international locations.
All types and sizes of accounting programs are represented, from the
large state-supported research-oriented schools with dedicated AIS
programs (Michigan State, Houston, University of Connecticut, Arizona
State, etc.), to smaller liberal-arts and business colleges such as
Rider, Xavier, and St. Joseph's.
The common characteristic shared by all members is a strong interest
in improving their performance as educators of Accounting Information
Emphasis on Classroom Applicability
The association prides itself on delivering a conference whose
sessions are directly applicable to classroom teaching. Training
sessions give faculty hands-on experience and practice in actually
using software, audit control language, query languages, database
systems, accounting packages and other tools which they may then
use in the classroom. Other training sessions cover course content,
organization, and delivery. Still others offer hands-on practice
in technological tools used to deliver AIS content.
The research sessions present a wide range of proposals, experiments,
and findings relating to classroom effectiveness, course and
curriculum design, delivery, assessment, and interaction with other
The conference is designed to facilitate sharing of tips, tricks,
resources, and experiences. Case materials, course syllabi, "war
stories", and other teaching resources are displayed, presented,
shared, and distributed. Ample opportunity for networking lets
faculty discuss ideas, proposals, and experiments in an open and
relaxed environment. Attendees leave the conference refreshed and
inspired. Most devote the remainder of the summer to implementing
improvements to their courses.
The association addresses not only the traditional AIS course found
in most accredited accounting programs, but also specialty courses
in advanced AIS, technology, networking, information security, and
other related courses aimed primarily at majors in accounting,
auditing, tax, and (of course) accounting information systems.
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Relationship to AAA-IS Section
The American Accounting Association's Information Systems Section
and the AIS Educator's Association both purport to strive for
excellence in AIS Education. Why then, are there two organizations?
Of the two, the AAA-IS has the broader scope. In addition to
education, the section addresses theory and research into Accounting
Information Systems practice. The section conference includes papers
on models, paradigms, systems implementation, and theory. The
section serves an essential role by advancing the "State of the Art"
in Accounting Information Systems.
By contrast, the AIS Educator's Association concentrates exclusively
on classroom teaching. The association's research scope is limited
to innovative classroom techniques, delivery, course design, and
application of pedagogical tools.
Unlike the AAA-IS section conference, the AIS Educator's Conference
provides hands-on training and practice in computer software and
technological tools. The four-day association conference presents an
expanded range of classroom techniques, experiments, and resources,
-- offering a significant supplement to the educational components
of AAA-IS section's conference.
It must be emphasized that the AAA-IS Section and the AIS Educator's
Association are not in competition. To the contrary, the leadership
of the association is active in the IS section, and the IS section
leadership supports the AIS Educator's conference. These two
organizations complement each other and provide a fuller range of
opportunities and interests. Together they are able to better serve
a larger number of AIS educators than either organization alone.
This "strength from variety" is characteristic of the field of AIS