Jeffrey M. Stanton

Interim Dean
343 Hinds Hall
(315) 443-2736

Jeffrey M. Stanton - Curriculum Vitae

Jeffrey M. Stanton, Ph.D. (University of Connecticut, 1997) is Interim Dean and Professor in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. During 2012 and 2013, Stanton was a Fellow of the American Council on Education in the Emerging Higher Education Leaders program. His campus placement was in the Office of the President at the State University of New York in Cortland. Prior to the A.C.E. Fellowship, Stanton was Associate Vice President for Research for Syracuse University, a rotating position for leadership development. 

Stanton's academic speciality is organizational psychology, including personnel assessment systems, employee surveys, coaching, and institutional change processes. Dr. Stanton served as action editor for the journal Human Resource Management from 2004-2011 and he served on the editorial board of Organizational Research Methods, the premier methodological journal in the field of management, from 2003-2013. He has published research in job satisfaction, work-related stress, psychometrics, and statistics with a particular focus on self report techniques. He has conducted numerous research projects that have applied the principles of behavioral science and organizational research towards understanding the interactions of people and technology in institutional contexts. One substantive area is Information Technology workforce equity, an effort to promote higher participation of women and members of underrepresented groups in the information professions. A second area is behavioral information security, an effort to help understand and influence the ways in which employee behavior impacts an organization’s success with information security. He is also the author of, Information Nation: Education and Careers in the Emerging Information Professions (2010), with Dr. Indira Guzman and Dr. Kathryn Stam. He is also the author with Dr. Kathryn Stam of the book, The Visible Employee: Using Workplace Monitoring and Surveillance to Protect Information Assets Without Compromising Employee Privacy or Trust (2006, Information Today, ISBN: 0910965749).  Recently, Stanton has published an open source textbook entitled, Introduction to Data Science, which is available on the iTunes bookstore as a free download. The textbook has served as the core reading in a Massive Open Online Course of the same name.

Dr. Stanton's background also includes decades of experience in business both in established firms and start-up companies. For example, Stanton worked as a human resources analyst for Applied Psychological Techniques, a human resource consulting firm based in Darien, Connecticut. His projects at this firm included the development, implementation, and assessment of a performance appraisal system, development of a selection battery for customer service representatives, and the creation of a job classification and work standards system for over 350 positions in the public utilities industry.  

Contact information:
Office: (315) 443-2736
Fax: (315) 443-5806    


Research Interests

My interests in statistics have led directly into research on data mining and machine learning. As a result, I have begun to work in an emerging area called data science, which focuses on the management, analysis, and visualization of large data sets. I have published many scholarly articles in peer-reviewed behavioral science journals, such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and Human Performance.  My articles also appear in Computers and Security, Communications of the ACM, Computers in Human Behavior, the International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, Information Technology and People, the Journal of Information Systems Education, the Journal of Digital Information, Surveillance and Society, and Behaviour & Information Technology. I have a number of book chapters on privacy, research methods, and program evaluation. My research has been supported through more than 20 grants, contracts, and supplements including the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award.

Teaching Interests

While at the School of Information Studies, I have taught a variety of courses, at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels. I helped to design the school's "Innovation Studio," which is a classroom environment designed to encourage hands-on, active, problem-focused work and to discourage lecturing. One of the most fun classes I taught in the Innovation Studio was "Design and Virtual Worlds," a class that taught students from a range of backgrounds the tools and strategies for creating immersive, three dimensional, virtual social environments. This is the only class I have taught where students were allowed to fly around the classroom.

Professional Interests

Over the past 20 years I have done organizational consulting in a variety of for profit and non-profit firms. This work has included the development of performance management systems, organizational surveys, information security assessments, climate assessments, training, and coaching. At present I am a co-principal investigator on Syracuse University's NSF-ADVANCE institutional transformation project, an effort to improve recruiting, retention, and career development for women faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.

Personal Interests

I am a songwriter and musician (mainly bass and guitar). Give a listen if you like (

Teaching History

Fall 2014 IST101 M008Freshman Forum
Fall 2014 IST777 M001Statistical Methods in IST
Fall 2013 IST776 M001Research Methods in IST
Fall 2013 IST101 M008Freshman Forum
Summer 2013 IST800 M550ProSeminar: Survey Design
Fall 2011 IST800 M801Needs Analysis for Information
Fall 2010 IST776 M001Research Methods in IST
Fall 2010 IST800 M006Methods Proseminar: Survey Dgn
Spring 2010 IST777 M001Statistical Methods in IST
Fall 2009 IST101 M008Freshman Forum
Summer 2009 IST600 M035Surveying Information Users
Spring 2009 IST810 M001Practicum in Research
Spring 2009 IST840 M001Practicum in Teaching
Spring 2009 IST777 M001Statistical Methods in IST
Spring 2009 IST500 M002Design + Virtual Worlds

Jeffrey M. Stanton is the professor of record for these courses:

Course NumberTitle
IST429Organizational Info Security
IST629Organizational Infor Security
IST687Applied Data Science
IST718Advanced Information Analytics
IST776Research Methods in IST
IST777Statistical Methods in IST
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