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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 Characteristics

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 Systems.

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 accounting sub-disciplines.

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.

Scope

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.

By-Laws

For a PDF file containing the corporation By-Laws click here.

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 Education.