UA Associate Professor wins 2017 Sandra A. Slaughter Early Career Award

November 07, 2017

Sandy Slaughter’s contributions to information technology research are unparalleled. In addition to outstanding teaching and groundbreaking research, she published more than 100 journal articles, conference proceedings and edited books before she died unexpectedly in what should have been the middle of her career.

Minfeng Lin, Associate Professor of Management Information Systems (MIS), is the latest recipient of an award established in Slaughter’s name. The Information Systems Society’s Sandra A. Slaughter Early Career Award recognizes and honors early career academics who are on a path toward making outstanding intellectual contributions to the information systems discipline—the kinds of contributions for which Slaughter was world-renowned.

Dr. Lin obtained his PhD from the University of Maryland in 2010 and joined the University of Arizona that same year. He studies Internet-enabled communities, marketplaces, and business models as drivers of innovation and entrepreneurship. His multi-disciplinary and multi-method research includes pioneering work in the emerging areas of crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending, and online labor markets.

This timely research is published in top-tier journals, with a total of eight papers in Management Science and Information Systems Research. His work has already had a significant impact in the field, having been cited more than 1100 times. Two more papers currently under review and fifteen working papers and papers in progress indicate that his research output will continue to be prolific.

Coupled with his high quality research, Lin’s service to the field demonstrates intellectual leadership. He has served as an associate editor at top conferences, and was recently appointed as an associate editor for Information Systems Research. This is a testament to the quality of his research and his service. He was recognized by Management Science in three consecutive years for distinguished and meritorious service. He is also having a significant mentoring impact at the University of Arizona in his role as PhD program director for Management Information Systems.

“I believe that Mingfeng Lin exemplifies the qualities that this award was designed to recognize,” said Sue Brown, MIS Department Head, whose association with Sandy Slaughter began when they were both PhD students at the University of Minnesota. “I am excited about the contributions he will make in the future and cannot imagine another scholar at Dr. Lin’s stage of career who is more qualified for this award.”

Lin received the award on October 22 in Houston, Texas, during the annual Conference on Information Systems and Technology, which was held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.