Steven B Sawyer

Associate Dean for Research
Director, PhD Program
344 Hinds Hall
(315) 443-6147

                          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. 


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 Interests

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 Interests

Sawyer's approach to teaching is constructivist and relies on problem-based learning principles. This approach challenges the students and invigorates the learning experience.

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.

Professional Interests

Sawyer is a senior editor for the Journal of Information Technology, on the editorial boards of The Journal of the American Society of Information Science and Technology and The Information Society.

He chairs a working group on computers and work for the International Federation of Information Processing.

Sawyer is working with a growing consortium of scholars to advance the science of socio-technical systems.

Personal Interests

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

Teaching History

Spring 2015IST830M001Seminar in Info Systems
Fall 2014IST810M001Practicum in Research
Fall 2014IST840M001Practicum in Teaching
Fall 2014IST800M001Foundation ProSeminar: Int Inf
Spring 2014IST830M001Seminar in Info Systems
Fall 2013IST810M001Practicum in Research
Fall 2013IST840M001Practicum in Teaching
Fall 2013IST800M001Foundation Proseminar: Int Inf
Spring 2013IST810M001Practicum in Research
Spring 2013IST840M001Practicum in Teaching
Fall 2012IST810M001Practicum in Research
Fall 2012IST840M001Practicum in Teaching
Fall 2012IST880M001Intensive Seminar
Spring 2012IST614M001Mngmt Prncpls for Info Profess
Fall 2011IST614M001Mngmt Prncpls for Info Profess
Spring 2011IST614M001Mngmt Prncpls for Info Profess
Fall 2010IST614M001Mngmt Prncpls for Info Profess
Fall 2010IST445M003Managing Info Systems Projects
Spring 2010IST614M001Mngmt Prncpls for Info Profess
Spring 2010IST466M001Prof Issues/Info Mgmt & Tech
Fall 2009IST466M001Prof Issues/Info Mgmt & Tech
Fall 2009IST101M003Freshman Forum
Fall 2009IST990M003Independent Study
Fall 2009IST990M007Independent Study
Spring 2009IST614M001Mngmt Prncpls for Info Profess
Spring 2009IST466M001Prof Issues/Info Mgmt & Tech
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