Dr. Susan Haugen, professor of accounting and finance at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, was recently named the 2004 Computer Educator of the Year by the International Association for Computer Information Systems for her outstanding academic and service accomplishments.
The Computer Educator of the Year award is the highest award given by the association. Haugen was selected from a group of outstanding candidates from colleges and universities throughout the world. Candidates for this award must show exceptional research and teaching skills, have made significant contributions to information systems education, and enjoy a national or international reputation for their outstanding work throughout the information systems community.
Haugen said she was "speechless" when she opened the letter informing her that she had been selected for the award.
"Many of the past awardees are truly outstanding educators and researchers in the field of information systems, so it was very rewarding for me to be recognized for my accomplishments in teaching, research and service as a member of the faculty at UW-Eau Claire," said Haugen.
Nominations for the Computer Educator of the Year award are accepted from September until March. Selections are made in June or July, with awards presented at the annual fall conference. This year's conference was held Oct. 6-9 in Cancun , Mexico .
"I don't know who nominated me, but I am very happy to receive the award and the international recognition for my efforts," Haugen said.
Haugen has been an active teacher and scholar, conducting research in accounting information systems, computer information systems, accounting education, and fraud and white-collar crime issues. She has developed several MBA courses, including one on managerial fraud and two on-line classes on information security and computer fraud, and her work utilizing mobile technologies such as cell phones to support distance education has received national attention. Haugen served a faculty internship in information systems auditing with Ernst & Young in Minneapolis and serves on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Computer Information Systems, the International Journal of Services and Standards, and Electronic Government.
Recent leadership roles include serving as a national director for Beta Alpha Psi, an international honorary society for financial information students and professionals; more than 15 years as faculty adviser for the Zeta Omicron chapter of Beta Alpha Psi and the Student Accounting Society at UW-Eau Claire; vice president of the Midwest Business Administration Association; vice president of the University Insurance Association; and director and treasurer for IACIS. For the past 15 years she also has served on the board of directors for Royal Credit Union, the second largest credit union in Wisconsin , and is currently the treasurer.
Haugen began her teaching career as a high school business education instructor after graduating from UW-Eau Claire. Two years later she accepted a position as the senior accountant in the business office at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where she earned a master's degree and continued to work until she entered the doctoral program at Oklahoma State University in 1980.
Upon completion of her doctoral degree, Haugen accepted an appointment to the department of accounting and computer information systems at Drake University . In 1985 she joined the accounting and finance department at UW-Eau Claire, her undergraduate alma mater.
- UW-Eau Claire News Bureau