Heather Adams
Organizational Leadership and Information Analytics

Professional Experience

  • 2000-2001: U.S. Air Force Officer, Flight Commander, 81st Training Technology Flight
    Keesler Air Force Base, MS
  • 1999-2000: U.S. Air Force Officer, Branch Chief, Center for Communications Excellence
    Ramstein Air Base, Germany
  • 1998-1999: U.S. Air Force Officer, Commander, Communications and Contracts Flight
    Taszar, Hungary (90-day deployment) – Staging base for Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • 1997-1998: U.S. Air Force Officer, Action Officer, Strategic Plans
    Ramstein Air Base, Germany
  • 1996-1997: U.S. Air Force Action officer, Theater Networks Branch
    Ramstein Air Base, Germany
  • 1995-1996: U.S. Air Force Officer, Graduate student
    Air Force Institute of Technology, Dayton, OH
  • 1993-1995: U.S. Air Force Protocol Officer, 325th Fighter Wing
    Tyndall Air Force Base, FL
  • 1992-1993: U.S. Air Force Squadron Section Commander, Mission Support Squadron
    Tyndall Air Force Base, FL


  • PhD, Information Systems
    University of Maryland
    Dissertation: Mindful Use as a Link between Social Capital and Organizational Learning: An Empirical Test of the Predictors and Outcomes of Two New Constructs
  • BS, Information Resource Management
    Air Force Institute of Technology
    Thesis: Air Force Media Use and Conformance with Media Richness Theory: Implications for Email Use and Policy
  • BS, Business Administration
    University of New Hampshire

Research, Presentations, and Publications

  • Adams, H. L., Morris, M. G., & Van Scotter, J. R. (Fall 1998). “Examining E-Mail Use in the Context of Virtual Organizations: Implications for Theory and Practice.” International Journal of Electronic Commerce, 3(1), 8-26.
  • Adams, H. L., & Morris, M. G. (1998). “Examining E-Mail Use in the Context of Virtual Organizations: Implications for Theory and Practice.” Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. (BEST PAPER AWARD)


  • University of Colorado Boulder, Leeds School of Business
  • University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business


  • Nominated for the Franscona Teaching Excellence Award, 2012 and 2013
  • Academy of Management Organizational Communication and Information Systems Doctoral
  • Consortium, 2005
  • Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) President’s All Star
  • Award for outstanding contribution to AFCEA, 2000
  • 81st Training Support Squadron Company Grade Officer of the Quarter, 2nd Quarter, 2000
  • Excellence in writing award during selective Air Force executive leadership program, 1999
  • Outstanding contributor award during Air Force executive leadership program, 1999
  • Awarded Achievement medal for developing and maintaining classified communications
  • status web site during air war over Serbia—ensured top Air Force leaders were informed of
  • capabilities and status, 1999
  • Best paper award for the Internet and Digital Economy track, Hawaii International
  • Conference of the System Sciences, 1998
  • Other Air Force medals: Meritorious Service Medal, Commendation Medal, NATO Medal,
  • Longevity Medal, Long Overseas Tour Medal, and National Defense Service Medal

Professional Affiliations

  • Faculty Advisor, University of Colorado Chapter of the National Society of Collegiate
  • Scholars, Fall 2006-present
  • Social Chair, Association of Doctoral Students, 2002-2003
  • President of prestigious Sigma Iota Epsilon national honorary management fraternity, 1996
  • Member, Company Grade Officer Council, U.S. Air Force, 1993-2001
  • Member, Society of Information Management, Denver Chapter (2006-2009); Association of
  • Information Systems (2001-2007); Academy of Management (2001-2007); Rocky Mountain
  • Information Management Association (2014-present); Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association; and Sigma Iota Epsilon