Curriculum Vita

Warren S. Allen
Assistant Professor
The College of Communication and Information
Florida State University

Teaching Areas

  • Human-computer interaction, social and collaboration technology, interactive systems design.
  • NoSQL databases, network analysis, and graph computing.
  • Ethics and social impacts of information technology and artificial intelligence.
  • Network and systems security technologies.

Research Interests

  • Structural and motif-based social network analysis of social media trace data.
  • Designing interactive systems to support the deliberate practice of building, maintaining, and using professional networks.
  • The human experience of technology-mediated social lives, intelligent machines, and end-user automation.

Awards and Grants

2017. Outstanding Faculty Leadership/Builder Award, Florida State University School of Information. (Department-awarded)

2016. Undergraduate Faculty Teaching Award, Florida State University College of Communication and Information. (Student-awarded)

Principle Investigator. Planning Grant: Social Media Pilot System to Represent Soft Skills of Information Technology Students. Funded by Florida State University Office of Research. Dec 2014–Nov 2015. Total award $12,276.

Principle Investigator. Examining The Social Media Echo Chamber Phenomenon in the Case of the 2013 Government Shutdown. Funded by Florida State University Office of Research. May 2014–Aug 2014. Total award $20,000.

Best Research Note Award: “Exploring Hybrid-Economic Communities and the Technology-Mediated Identities Performed There.” iConference ’13. Fort Worth, TX.

Peer-Reviewed Proceedings and Publications

Allen, W.S. (2017). Open Professional Development as a Sociotechnical Design Challenge. In CHI’17 Extended Abstracts. https://doi.org/10.1145/3027063.3053143

Allen, W. S. (2016). Participation and Knowledge Exchange in a Hybrid-Economic Software Community. Journal of the Knowledge Economy, 1-15. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13132-016-0366-8

Allen, W.S. (2016). Campaign Conversations on Instagram and the Closure of Access to Social Media Data. 9th Annual Political Networks Workshops & Conference. St. Louis, MO. https://ssrn.com/abstract=2907683

Zelenkauskaite, A., & Allen, W. S. (2016). Quest for the mediated authenticity: Audiences’ responses to visuals on the radio Instagram. The 2016 conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research. Leicester, United Kingdom.

Allen, W. S. (2013). The VIP Treatment: Lessons from an Incentive System in a Hybrid-Economic Peer-Production Community. Presented at The Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Orlando, FL. http://proceedings.aom.org/content/2013/1/15789

Allen, W. S. (2013). Exploring hybrid-economic communities and the technology-mediated identities performed there. In iConference 2013 Proceedings (pp. 576–582). https://www.ideals.illinois.edu/handle/2142/39974

Turner, D., & Allen, W. S. (2011). Materiality and oral documents. In Proceedings of the 2011 iConference (pp. 56–62). ACM. http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1940769

Turner, D., & Allen, W. S. (2010). Investigating oral information. Information Research-An International Electronic Journal, 15(3). http://www.informationr.net/ir/15-3/colis7/colis703.html

Allen, W. S. (2010). Conceptualizing social information. In Proceedings of the 16th ACM international conference on supporting group work (pp. 307–308). Sanibel Island, Florida, USA: ACM. http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1880123

Allen, W. S. (2009). Boundary Objects in Hybrid Commercial-Open-Source Software Development Firms. Presented at the iConference 2009, Chapel Hill, NC. https://www.ideals.illinois.edu/handle/2142/15283

Peer-reviewed Workshop Organization

Farzan, R., Acker, A., Allen, W. S., & Burton, B. (2016). Advanced Topics in Sociotechnical Systems: Methods and Concepts of Trace Data. Workshop delivered at the iConference 2016, Philadelphia, PA.

Sawyer, S., Allen, W. S., Monroy, C., Shankar, K., Su, N. M., & Voida, S. (2015). Workshop: Sociotechnical Approaches to Fieldwork and Trace Data Integration iConference 2015, Newport, CA.

Erickson, I., Allen, W. S., Arora, P., Goggins, S., Shankar, K., & Yew, J. (2014). Workshop: Breaking Down and Building Up: Accelerating Sociotech Scholarship in the iSchool Community. the iConference, 2014, Berlin, Germany.

Courses Taught

Florida State University

  • I.T. Project Management. (Undergraduate)**
  • Social Networks. (Undergraduate + Graduate)*
  • Social Media Management. (Undergraduate + Graduate)**
  • Advanced Social Media Management. (Graduate)**
  • Social Computing and Collaboration Technologies. (Graduate)*

Drexel University

  • I.T. Project Management. (Undergraduate)
  • Social Aspects of Information Systems. (Undergraduate)
  • Distributed Systems Security. (Undergraduate)***

* Includes original course design.
** Includes substantial course re-design.
*** Teaching Assistant.

Thesis Advising

2016-present, Doctoral Committee University Representative, Gaulden, S., doctoral student. Retweeting in an Echo Chamber: A Social Network Analysis of the #NeverTrump and #NeverHillary Movements Across Twitter.

2016, Bachelor’s Honors Thesis Committee Chair, Ramsier, L., student. Social Network Analysis of Mental Health-Related Hashtags.

Professional and Community Service

2017. Associate Chairperson, Works-in-Progress. ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

2017. Mentor, HackFSU (36-hour student-run hackathon competition.)

  1. Invited Speaker, FSU Library Symposium, “Social Media and Research.” Presentation title: “Network-centric Datasets from Twitter: Tools and Challenges.”

2015–2017. Associate Editor, North America. Online Information Review Journal.

Consortium for Science of Sociotechnical Systems

  • 2015–present, Member, Leadership Committee.
  • 2014–present, Summer Institute Advisory Board Member.
  • 2014–present, Web Developer and Site Administration, sociotech.net.

2011, 2012. Invited speaker: Social media technology use for non-profit organizations and institutes of social change. Philadelphia NetSquared, Philadelphia, PA.

2006-08. Volunteer Mentoring Partner. College Bound, Washington D.C.

Education

College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Ph.D., Information Studies, 2013.
Concentration: Social Informatics.
Dissertation title: An Ethnographic Study of Motivations to Participate in, and Contribute Knowledge to, a Hybrid-Economic Professional I.T. Community.

Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
Master of Arts, Liberal Studies, 2008.
Thesis title: Narrative Coherence and Authenticity in Media and Social Technology.

University of Delaware, Newark, DE.
Bachelor of Arts, 2004. Major: Philosophy. Minors: Psychology, Religious Studies.

Professional experience

College of Communication and Information, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.
Assistant Professor
2013-present

College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.
Instructor
2012-2013

Research Assistant
2008-2012

Endeavor Systems, Inc., McLean, VA.
Information Security Manager, Engineer
2004-2008

Computer Sciences Corporation, Newark, DE.
Senior Information Security Analyst
2001-2002

Axent Technologies, Inc., Rockville, MD.
Security Engineer 1999-2001
Web Developer 1997-1999