Notice is hereby given of the Annual General Meeting of the MWAIS chapter that will be held on May 21 at the annual conference at UW-Oshkosh, Wisconsin during which we will elect officers for two open positions, President-Elect and Treasurer, on the MWAIS executive board in accordance with our bylaws. There are two nominees for President-Elect, Dan Power and Maurice (Mo) Dawson, and there is one nominee for Treasurer, Don Heath. More information about the nominees are provided below. We thank all the nominees for being willing to serve our community.
Dr. Maurice Dawson is an assistant professor in the Information Technology and Management (ITM) department primarily focused on cybersecurity and forensics education. He also serves as the Director and Distinguished Member of the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Center for Cyber Security and Forensics Education (C2SAFE). He earned his Ph.D. from London Metropolitan University in 2017, his D.C.Sc. from Colorado Technical University in 2009, an M.B.A. from Colorado Technical University in 2010, an M.S. from Colorado Technical University in 2006 and a B.S. from Athens State University in 2004. Dawson is also a visiting professor at the Technical University of Munich.
Prior to joining Illinois Tech, he was a tenure track Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis and a visiting professor at universities around the world including Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico and the University of Nairobi. Dawson is a member of the Association of Computing in Machinery (ACM) and senior member of IEEE, among other associations. He is an accomplished author and three time Fullbright Scholar with grants awarded from 2014-2018. His research interests are in advanced cybersecurity principles, Internet of Things (IoT) and software assurance. Aside from his educational accomplishments and career, he has over eleven years of experience working in industry and has proudly served in both the Army and Navy Reserves as well as working with government agencies such as the Defense Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency and the Department of Defense. Dawson has earned the Silver President’s Volunteer Service Award from Winrock International and Catholic Relief Services in support of USAID for executing multiple IT assignments in Senegal and Ethiopia for the years of 2016-2019.
I served as the co-chair for the Midwest Association for Information Systems (MWAIS) 13th Annual Conference. This conference was held in St. Louis, Missouri, and was sponsored by the College of Business Administration at the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL). This was the first time this conference was ever hosted by an institution in the State of Missouri. Keynote speakers came from the United State Air Force (USAF), Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), and University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG). For MWAIS I served as the publicity chair and newsletter editor. During my tenure, I drastically changed the look of the newsletter to include innovative ways to promote the society’s annual conference. I have attended the MWAIS 2017 conference at the University of Illinois at Springfield.
My vision for the organization is to maintain steady growth while increasing our visibility not only in the Midwest but beyond the United States. I firmly believe this is not only one of the most active chapters but a needed organization for those aspiring to be great researchers. I want this organization to foster tomorrow’s academics and be used as a tool to grow future Information Systems (IS) professionals.
Illinois Tech Faculty Page at https://appliedtech.iit.edu/people/maurice-e-dawson-phd-dcsc-smieee
Daniel J. Power
Daniel J. Power is a Professor of Information Systems at the College of Business Administration at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa. He is the founding and current Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Midwest Association for Information Systems (http://jmwais.org/); was founding Chair of the Association for Information Systems Special Interest Group on Decision Support and Analytics (SIG DSA, previously SIG DSS); and the founding President of MWAIS. His two primary research streams are in decision support and analytics and in decision-making behavior; his articles and books have been widely cited. His vita is online at his home page http://dssresources.com/vita/djphomepage.html.
If elected, my goal for MWAIS is to assist in the generational transitions for leadership in the profession and the transitions in course delivery and staffing that are occurring in our Universities. MWAIS must find ways to provide new services beyond an annual conference and a scholarly journal.
Don Heath is an Assistant Professor of Information Systems in the College of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. His current research involves the use of mobile assistive technologies as vocational and pedagogical tools for people with visual disabilities. Don earned his PhD at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. He joined the MWAIS shortly after he relocated to the region 5 years ago and has attended the last three regional conferences. He is currently the Treasurer for the MWAIS and is a co-chair of this year’s conference at UW Oshkosh. Don has been a member of the Association for Information Systems for over nine years and is co-chair for the AIS special interest group on Ontology-Driven Intelligent Systems (SIGODIS) which hosts a track each year at AMCIS.