L. Floyd Lewis is a Professor of Management Information Systems in the Decision Sciences Department in the College of Business and Economics at Western Washington University. He was the first faculty member hired in the MIS area in 1983, and worked for many years to develop the curriculum and hire additional MIS faculty. He initiated the effort to create the Decision Sciences Department in 2000, and served as the Department Chair until 2008. Currently, Dr. Lewis teaches one course in Applications Development (an introductory programming course) and another in Business Intelligence.
Dr. Lewis has research interests in Group Support Systems (GSS) and collaborative information technologies. Dr. Lewis has published extensively on these topics since the mid-1980's, and for many years served as an Associate Editor of the journal Group Decision and Negotiation. Dr. Lewis developed one of the first GSS software systems in 1982, and many consulting firms and universities around the world continue to use the commercial software based on his original design ideas (MeetingWorks).
Dr. Lewis has received a number of academic honors over his career. He was awarded the Graduate Dean's Citation and the Binford Memorial Award for excellence in graduate work at the University of Louisville in 1983. He has received the Dean's Research Award and the Dennis R. Murphy Faculty Research Award while a faculty member in the College of Business and Economics at Western. He was named the Distinguished Research Fellow in CBE in 2008, and received the Group Decision and Negotiation Section Award in 2012. He received a number of grants for research and curriculum development, including a State of Washington grant of $483,000/year for support of the MIS program.