Distinguished IS Educator Award

About Award

At our annual conference, EDSIG recognizes an educator for outstanding effort improving the quality of our graduates through distinguished teaching, research and service. Nominations may be sent to the Vice President of EDSIG.

Carol Saunders


Carol was selected as the 2020 award winner, but due the COVID pandemic she received the award in 2022.

Carol Saunders, Ph.D., is a Professor Emeritus of Management at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Saunders has received lifetime accomplishment awards from two disciplines: the LEO award in the Information Systems (IS) discipline and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the OCIS Division of the Academy of Management. She is an Association of Information Systems Fellow, and a Schӧller Senior Fellow. She served on a number of editorial boards, including a three-year term as Editor-in-Chief of MIS Quarterly.

She served as General Conference Chair of the premier IS conference, ICIS and as the Program Co-chair of AMCIS 2015. She was Vice President of Publications for the Association of Information Systems from 2016 – 2019. Carol helped found the Organization Communication and Information Systems (OCIS) division of the Academy of Management and served in a variety of positions including its program chair and division chair. She was the Distinguished Fulbright Scholar at the Wirtschafts Universität – Wien (WU) in Austria and earlier held a Professional Fulbright with the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute. She has held research chairs in Germany, New Zealand, Singapore, and the Netherlands.

Her current research interests include overload, sourcing, virtual teams, business models and control. She has published in top-ranked management, IS, computer science and communication journals.