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Kit Dampney Prize

The Kit Dampney Prize recognizes research excellence in the context of IS and education. The prize is awarded annually by ACPHIS in memory of C.N.G. 'Kit' Dampney at the Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS) for the best ACIS education paper (nominated by the conference organizers, and confirmed by the ACPHIS Executive)

Award Background

C.N.G. ‘Kit’ Dampney (1943 – 2004) was an Associate Professor in Information Technology. Kit started his academic career with an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Earth Sciences at the University of Sydney, followed by a Masters Degree in Earth Sciences from the University of Tasmania, and a PhD in Geophysics from the University of Toronto. After some time in the oil and gas industry in Texas, Kit headed back to Sydney and joined the emerging computing group at Macquarie University where he served as an academic for more than 25 years. In 2001, he relocated to the University of Newcastle to join the School of Design, Communication and IT. Only a few years later, Kit unexpectedly passed away in March 2004.

Kit had a strong passion for research into information structures, management information systems, and database management systems. His academic record provides an insight into the wide array of skills and perspectives he utilised when analysing complex information systems. Just as much at home in the field of business administration as he was in the department of computing, Kit regularly bridged the gap between information technology and the effective communication needed to use such information in a range of application areas.

By his colleagues and students, Kit was widely recognized as a stalwart of the IS community and a great supporter of the IS discipline in Australasia from its early days. His commitment across the spectrum of academic endeavour was acknowledged as contributors recalled his fostering of new research, his work with programs for doctoral students, his passion for teaching and curriculum development in his discipline, and his interest in industry. To honour Kit’s contribution to the IS field in Australasia and beyond, ACPHIS established the Kit Dampney Prize in 2005 for the best IS education paper at the annual ACIS conference.

Winners *
  • Kit Dampney Prize 2022 - Minna Paltiel, Marc Cheong, Simon Coghlan, Reeva Lederman
    ACIS paper: "Teaching Digital Ethics in Information Systems"

  • Kit Dampney Prize 2019 - Justin Filippou, Christopher Cheong & France Cheong
    ACIS paper: "Evaluating Persuasion in a Digital Learning Environment" (

  • Kit Dampney Prize 2017 - Geetha Kanaparan, Rowena Cullen, David Mason
    ACIS paper: "Effect of Self-efficacy and Emotional Engagement on Introductory Programming Students"

  • Kit Dampney Prize 2016 - Janak Adhikari, Anuradha Mathrani, David Parsons & Chris Scogings
    "Understanding Learning Outcome Divide in the Learning Process from a Teachers Perspective: A BYOD Case Study" (

  • Kit Dampney Prize 2015 - James Birt, Dirk S. Hovorka & Jonathan Nelson
    ACIS paper: "Interdisciplinary Translation of Comparative Visualization" (

  • Kit Dampney Prize 2014 - Melinda Plumb & Karlheinz Kautz
    ACIS paper: "Innovation within an early childhood education and care organisation: A tri-perspective analysis of the appropriation of IT" (

  • Kit Dampney Prize 2013 – Angela Murphy, Helen Farley, Michael Lane, Abdul Hafeez-Baig & Brad Carter
    ACIS paper: "Mobile Learning Anytime, Anywhere: What are our Students Doing?" (

  • Kit Dampney Prize 2012 – Thien Wan Au & Shazia Sadiq
    ACIS paper: "Impact of Personalized Recommendation and Social Comparison on Learning Behaviours and Outcomes" (

  • Kit Dampney Prize 2011 – Madeleine R. H. Roberts, Tanya J. McGill, & Peter N. Hyland
    ACIS paper: "Why Students Leave Their ICT Degrees: A Gender Comparison" (

  • Kit Dampney Prize 2010 - Alexander Serenko, Brian Detlor, Heidi Julien & Lorne Booker
    ACIS paper: "An Empirical Investigation of Student Learning Outcomes of Information Literacy Instruction in a Business School" (

  • Kit Dampney Prize 2009 - France Cheong & Brian Corbitt
    ACIS paper: "Using Social Network Analysis to Evaluate Participation in Online Discussions in a Virtual Classroom" (

  • Kit Dampney Prize 2008 – David Parsons, Rosemary Stockdale, James Bowles & Veena Kamble
    ACIS paper: "If We Build It Will They Come? Creating a Virtual Classroom in Second Life" (​

  • Kit Dampney Prize 2007 – Ravi Seethamraju
    ACIS paper: "Process Orientation to Business Students – Enabling Role of Enterprise Systems in Curriculum" (

  • Kit Dampney Prize 2005 – Chris Keen & Dean Steer
    ACIS paper: "Reflections on the Cross-cultural Delivery of an Information Systems Degree in China" (

* The prize was not awarded in 2020.

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