Steve Sawyer (professor)

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Steve Sawyer
Born (1960-02-13) February 13, 1960 (age 63)
Alma materBoston University
US Merchant Marine Academy
University of Rhode Island
SpouseSandra Bargainnier
AwardsASIS&T Award of Merit (2021)
Scientific career
FieldsInformation systems
Human–computer interaction
Residential real estate[1]
InstitutionsSyracuse University
Penn State
ThesisHigh-performing teams and support technology in software development (1995)
Doctoral advisorPatricia P.J. Guinan

Steven Burton Sawyer (born February 13, 1960) is a professor in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University.[3][4][5] He is known for his research on social and organizational informatics, how people work together and how they use technology, and the relationships among changing forms of work & organization. Sawyer has worked on improving the social components of teamwork, as well as the distinctions between packaged and custom software development. His research is done through field-based studies of software developers,[6] scientific collaborators, scientific data repositories, real estate agents,[1][7] police officers, organizational technologists, and similar information-intensive work settings.[8][9]


Sawyer earned his BS in Marine Transportation at the United States Merchant Marine Academy (1982)[10] and MS in Ocean Engineering at University of Rhode Island (1986).[11] He earned another MS degree in Management Information Systems from Boston University (1989), where he eventually got his DBA.[12] His 1995 doctoral thesis was titled "High-performing teams and support technology in software development".[13]


Sawyer began his career as assistant professor at Syracuse University in 1994. From January 1997 to August 1999, he was a research fellow at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University. In 1999, he was recruited to Pennsylvania State University as an associate professor of computer science. There he was a founding member of School (now College) of Information Sciences and Technology.[9][14] At Penn State, Sawyer was named the first IST Faculty Member of the Year in 2001 and won the inaugural George McMurtry Award for Teaching in 2002.[15]

Sawyer returned to Syracuse as an associate professor in August 2008 and was promoted to full professor in 2011.[12] He is a core faculty member in the Renée Crown University Honors Program.[16]

Sawyer has published 47 articles, 37 refereed conference papers, three books, 28 book chapters, more than 70 invited talks.[17][18][19]

Sawyer serves as an associate editor for Digital Threats: Research and Practice and Transactions on Computational Social Systems journals.[20][21]

Sawyer serves as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST).[22] He is the senior editor for Journal of Information Technology and associate editor for the Information Society. He has also served on the editorial boards of Journal of the Association for Information Systems and New Technology, Work, and Employment.[23]


In 2021, Sawyer received the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Award of Merit, the highest honor presented by the organization, for "particularly noteworthy and sustained contributions to the information science field".[17][18]

Personal life[edit]

Sawyer is rower and has coached summer camp program at the Riverside boat club in Boston. He coached the United States Rowing team (lightweight men's sweep team) at the 1991 Pan American Games in Havana, Cuba.[24][25][26]


  1. ^ a b Sawyer, Steve; Crowston, Kevin (31 December 1999). "ICT in the real estate industry: Agents and social capital". AMCIS 1999 Proceedings. 5. Retrieved 6 March 2022.
  2. ^ Linehan, Patrick (2 February 2020). "Gig economy employment is met with mixed feelings". The Daily Orange. Retrieved 6 March 2022.
  3. ^ "Home: Steve Sawyer". Syracuse University. Retrieved 5 March 2022.
  4. ^ "Steve Burton Sawyer - Home". Author DO Series. Association for Computing Machinery. Retrieved 6 March 2022.
  5. ^ Kling, Rob; Rosenbaum, Howard; Sawyer, Steve (2005). Understanding and Communicating Social Informatics: A Framework for Studying and Teaching the Human Contexts of Information and Communication Technologies. Medford, NJ: Information Today, Inc. p. 202. ISBN 9781573872287. Retrieved 6 March 2022.
  6. ^ Sawyer, S.; Guinan, P. J. (1 October 1998). "Software development: processes and performance". IBM Systems Journal. 37 (4): 552–569. CiteSeerX doi:10.1147/sj.374.0552. ISSN 0018-8670. Retrieved 5 March 2022.
  7. ^ Senthilkumaran, Siddarth (5 December 2016). "iSchool professors awarded for research on internet's effect on real estate". The Daily Orange. Retrieved 6 March 2022.
  8. ^ Lee, Heejin; Sawyer, Steve (November 2010). "Conceptualizing time, space and computing for work and organizing". Time & Society. 19 (3): 293–317. doi:10.1177/0961463x10354429. ISSN 0961-463X. S2CID 62103851. Archived from the original on 15 February 2023. Retrieved 6 March 2022.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  9. ^ a b Elsbach, Kimberly D.; Kramer, Roderick M. (19 November 2015). "About the Contributors". Handbook of Qualitative Organizational Research: Innovative Pathways and Methods. New York: Routledge. p. xxviii. ISBN 978-1-317-90878-4. Retrieved 5 March 2022.
  10. ^ "Academy Appointments Listed". Washington Post. 27 July 1978. Retrieved 16 March 2022.
  11. ^ Sawyer, Steven Burton (1986). Computer optimized loading of a break bulk ship (MS). University of Rhode Island. OCLC 15062305. Retrieved 6 March 2022.
  12. ^ a b "CV – Sawyer" (PDF). Retrieved 5 March 2022.
  13. ^ Sawyer, Steven Burton (1995). High-performing teams and support technology in software development (DBA). Boston University. OCLC 35045190. Retrieved 5 March 2022.
  14. ^ Sawyer, Steve (1 December 2004). "Software development teams". Communications of the ACM. 47 (12): 95–99. CiteSeerX doi:10.1145/1035134.1035140. ISSN 0001-0782. S2CID 10224425. Retrieved 5 March 2022.
  15. ^ "Steve Sawyer". IBM Center for The Business of Government. Retrieved 6 March 2022.
  16. ^ "Prof. Steve Sawyer Receives Highest Honor in IST". Renée Crown University Honors Program. Retrieved 6 March 2022.
  17. ^ a b "iSchool Professor Receives Highest Honor in Field of Information Science and Technology". Syracuse University News. 10 June 2021. Retrieved 5 March 2022.
  18. ^ a b "Dr. Steve Sawyer to Receive 2021 Award of Merit". Association for Information Science and Technology (Press release). 7 June 2021. Retrieved 6 March 2022.
  19. ^ "Steven B Sawyer". Experts@Syracuse. Retrieved 6 March 2022.
  20. ^ "DTRAP Editorial Board". Retrieved 11 March 2021.
  21. ^ "Transactions on Computational Social Systems - IEEE SMC". Retrieved 11 March 2021.
  22. ^ "Editorial Board: JASSIST". Association for Information Science and Technology. Wiley. Retrieved 6 March 2022.
  23. ^ "iSchool: Steven Sawyer". School of Information Studies @Syracuse University. 4 June 2020. Retrieved 6 March 2022.
  24. ^ A Brief History of Riverside Boat Club (PDF). Cambridge, MA. January 2008. pp. 36–38. Retrieved 6 March 2022.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  25. ^ Garver, Richard (2019). Riverside Boat Club: The First 150 Years (PDF) (Report). Cambridge, MA. pp. 88, 94. Retrieved 6 March 2022.
  26. ^ "Lister Leaving 'Cuse to Become Hamilton College Head Coach". Syracuse University Athletics (Press release). February 1, 2019. Retrieved 6 March 2022.

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