Steven B Sawyer

Steven B Sawyer

Professor

344 Hinds Hall | Phone: (315) 443-6147

ssawyer@syr.edu

http://sawyer.syr.edu

Overview

                          Steven Sawyer--Curriculum Vitae

Steve Sawyer conducts research in the social informatics tradition with particular attention to the ways in which people organize to work together and use information and communication technologies.

Sawyer leads courses that focus student’s attention to the design, development and implementation of information systems, managing projects and systems, and to the roles of information and communication technologies relative to organizational and social change. 


EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

1995 D.B.A. Management Information Systems, Boston University
1989 M.S. Management Information Systems, Boston University
1986 M.S. Ocean Engineering, University of Rhode Island
1982 B.S. Marine Transportation, The United States Merchant Marine Academy (with honors)

Research

Steve's research focuses on the design, development, deployment and uses of information technologies and new forms of information-sharing systems.   He pursues this work in the social informatics tradition, focusing on social practices, collective action, the roles and functions of the technologies and systems of information sharing, and the institutional contexts in which these happen.  

Current research projects include:

Distributed scientific collaboration

Nomadic work and infrastructural competency

Prior research projects include:

Information sharing in policing and public-safety
Uses of information and communication technologies in real estate
Information sharing and innovation networks (through both formal and informal organizing)

Steve continues to advance the social informatics (and, more broadly, socio-technical principles for studying information and communication technologies) through his writings and scholarly activism.

Teaching

Sawyer's approach to teaching is constructivist and relies on problem-based learning principles.

This approach challenges the students and invigorates the learning experience, but its not so great if you're a student looking for powerpoint lectures and other forms of edutainment.

Sawyer leads courses for undergraduates, professional masters, executive education and doctoral students.  Course topics include systems analysis and design, project-based activities, and managing information-based organizations.  

For research-oriented students, Sawyer leads seminars on information systems, social informatics/ socio-technical theories. and research methods.  

Sawyer's executive education courses focus on strategic and tactical opportunities relative to emerging technologies.


Personal

Sawyer enjoys his family, sporting, fitness, and doing these in the four seasons that Central New York showcases so magnificently. 

Teaching


Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2015 IST810 M001 Practicum in Research
Fall 2015 IST840 M001 Practicum in Teaching
Fall 2015 IST614 M002 Mngmt Prncpls for Info Profess
Fall 2015 IST800 M001 Foundation ProSeminar: Int Inf
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Fall 2014 IST810 M001 Practicum in Research
Fall 2014 IST840 M001 Practicum in Teaching
Fall 2014 IST800 M001 Foundation ProSeminar: Int Inf
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Fall 2013 IST810 M001 Practicum in Research
Fall 2013 IST840 M001 Practicum in Teaching
Fall 2013 IST800 M001 Foundation Proseminar: Int Inf
Spring 2014 IST830 M001 Seminar in Info Systems
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Fall 2012 IST810 M001 Practicum in Research
Fall 2012 IST840 M001 Practicum in Teaching
Fall 2012 IST880 M001 Intensive Seminar
Spring 2013 IST810 M001 Practicum in Research
Spring 2013 IST840 M001 Practicum in Teaching
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Fall 2011 IST614 M001 Mngmt Prncpls for Info Profess
Spring 2012 IST614 M001 Mngmt Prncpls for Info Profess
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Fall 2010 IST614 M001 Mngmt Prncpls for Info Profess
Fall 2010 IST445 M003 Managing Info Systems Projects
Spring 2011 IST614 M001 Mngmt Prncpls for Info Profess
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Fall 2009 IST466 M001 Prof Issues/Info Mgmt & Tech
Fall 2009 IST101 M003 Freshman Forum
Fall 2009 IST990 M003 Independent Study
Fall 2009 IST990 M007 Independent Study
Spring 2010 IST614 M001 Mngmt Prncpls for Info Profess
Spring 2010 IST466 M001 Prof Issues/Info Mgmt & Tech
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Fall 2008 IST614 M001 Mngmt Prncpls for Info Profess
Fall 2008 IST101 M002 Freshman Forum
Spring 2009 IST614 M001 Mngmt Prncpls for Info Profess
Spring 2009 IST466 M001 Prof Issues/Info Mgmt & Tech
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