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Steven B Sawyer

Steven B Sawyer

Professor, Director of the Doctoral Programs, and Core Faculty of Renee’ Crown Honors Program

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

ssawyer@syr.edu

http://sawyer.syr.edu

Overview

My research builds on and advances the social informatics tradition through particular attention to the ways in which people organize to work together and use information and communication technologies.

The courses I lead 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

My research focuses on the design, development, deployment and uses of information technologies and new forms of information-sharing systems.   In doing this I also advance social informatics (and, more broadly, socio-technical principles for studying information and communication technologies) by 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 (for which I am seeking one or more doctoral students for Fall, 2019):

Distributed scientific collaborations, working with and sharing data, and scientific data repositories. 

Nomadic work, project-based (gig) work, and the technological skills (e.g., infrastructural competency), contingent work, and new ways of organizing.

Recently completed projects:

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)

Teaching

My 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 undergraduate honors students, professional masters, and doctoral students.  Courses include the future of work, managing information-based organizations, and doctoral seminars and workshops on sociotechnical systems and social informatics. My executive education courses focus on strategic and tactical opportunities relative to emerging technologies.

Personal

I enjoy my family, cultural opportunities, being outdoors, sporting events - and to doing these in the four seasons that Central New York showcases so magnificently.

Teaching


Teaching History - 2019-2020
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2019 IST810 M001 Practicum in Research
Fall 2019 IST614 M002 Mngmt Prncpls for Info Profess
Fall 2019 IST800 M001 Foundation ProSeminar: Int Inf
Fall 2019 IST840 M001 Practicum in Teaching
Fall 2019 IST840 M002 Practicum in Teaching
Fall 2019 IST810 M002 Practicum in Research
Teaching History - 2018-2019
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2018 IST810 M001 Practicum in Research
Fall 2018 IST614 M002 Mngmt Prncpls for Info Profess
Fall 2018 IST800 M001 Foundation ProSeminar: Int Inf
Fall 2018 IST840 M001 Practicum in Teaching
Fall 2018 IST840 M002 Practicum in Teaching
Fall 2018 IST810 M002 Practicum in Research
Spring 2019 IST810 M001 Practicum in Research
Spring 2019 IST840 M001 Practicum in Teaching
Spring 2019 IST840 M002 Practicum in Teaching
Spring 2019 IST810 M002 Practicum in Research
Teaching History - 2017-2018
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2017 IST810 M001 Practicum in Research
Fall 2017 IST614 M002 Mngmt Prncpls for Info Profess
Fall 2017 IST800 M001 Foundation ProSeminar: Int Inf
Fall 2017 IST840 M001 Practicum in Teaching
Spring 2018 IST810 M001 Practicum in Research
Spring 2018 IST840 M800 Practicum in Teaching
Spring 2018 IST840 M801 Practicum in Teaching
Spring 2018 IST810 M002 Practicum in Research
Teaching History - 2016-2017
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2016 IST810 M001 Practicum in Research
Fall 2016 IST614 M002 Mngmt Prncpls for Info Profess
Fall 2016 IST800 M001 Foundation ProSeminar: Int Inf
Fall 2016 IST840 M800 Practicum in Teaching
Fall 2016 IST810 M002 Practicum in Research
Fall 2016 IST840 M801 Practicum in Teaching
Teaching History - 2015-2016
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
Spring 2016 IST810 M001 Practicum in Research
Spring 2016 IST840 M001 Practicum in Teaching
Teaching History - 2014-2015
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2014 IST810 M001 Practicum in Research
Fall 2014 IST840 M001 Practicum in Teaching
Fall 2014 IST800 M001 Foundation ProSeminar: Int Inf
Teaching History - 2013-2014
Semester Course Section Title
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
Teaching History - 2012-2013
Semester Course Section Title
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
Teaching History - 2011-2012
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2011 IST614 M001 Mngmt Prncpls for Info Profess
Spring 2012 IST614 M001 Mngmt Prncpls for Info Profess
Teaching History - 2010-2011
Semester Course Section Title
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
Teaching History - 2009-2010
Semester Course Section Title
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
Teaching History - 2008-2009
Semester Course Section Title
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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