As the Conference Chair for both ISECON and CONISAR Conferences, it is my honor to welcome you to the 31st Information Systems Educators Conference (ISECON) and 7th Conference on Information Systems Applied Research (CONISAR) in Baltimore, Maryland. I and the conference team welcome you to the longest continually running gathering of IS/CS/IT professionals and educators dedicated to improving IS education and research.

ISECON brings information educators from all over the world to share ideas on IS education. The topics include pedagogical research, curriculum guidelines, assessment, and distance education. CONISAR brings academics as well as Information Technology professionals together to discuss emerging trends and challenges in Information Systems research and practice. The ultimate goal of ISECON / CONISAR is to support the IS education and research community and inspire the next generation of Ph.D. faculty.

ISECON / CONISAR only thrives through the work of many individuals. It is my honor and privilege to work with a dedicated and talented team of volunteers. As you participate this weekend, please take the time to thank those individuals working as a team since last November for Baltimore 2014: Alan Peslak, assistant conference chair; Kevin Jetton, conference meeting planner/coordinator; Scott Hunsinger and Peter Wu, CONISAR papers chair and assistant chair; Muhammed Miah and Jeffry Babb, ISECON papers chairs and their assistant co-chairs Olga Petkova and Shah Miah; Teresa Hickerson, professional workshops; 'Packy' Laverty, academic workshops; George Nezlek, panels; Mike Smith, abstracts; Tony Serapiglia and Cameron Lawrence teaching cases; Nita Brooks, new members coordinator; Eric Breimer, webmaster; and Tom Janicki, proceedings publisher. If you would like to be part of ISECON/CONISAR 2015 in Orlando please just step up and volunteer.

We are especially pleased to have the return of our supporters. Special thanks for EMC, NetApp, ProctorU, Labyrinth Learning, and Wiley Publishing for their support of IS Education. Please visit their exhibits and workshops. Thank you to Teresa Hickerson for leading this effort.

If there is anything we can do to make your time more rewarding at the 2014 Conferences, don’t hesitate to ask anyone on the conferences team. Welcome and thank you for supporting ISECON / CONISAR!

Les Waguespack 2014 ISECON/CONISAR Conferences Chair