SLIS, Florida’s iSchool, welcomes Dr. Warren Allen to its faculty

Dr. Warren Allen
Dr. Warren Allen

The FSU School of Library & Information Studies (SLIS), Florida’s iSchool is pleased to welcome Warren Allen to its faculty as an assistant professor beginning in the fall of 2013.  This semester he is teaching the graduate Social Media Management course (LIS 5385).

“We are very pleased that Warren has chosen Florida’s iSchool as the place to advance his research agenda and teaching,” remarked Interim Director and Professor, Dr. Kathleen Burnett.  “He will teach in the undergraduate and graduate programs in the areas of social media management and information technology.  His understanding of sociotechnical analysis as applied to supporting knowledge work, professional community, and workplace-based Communities of Practice is key to building our reputation in collaborative, interdisciplinary research.”

Warren’s professional background includes extensive experience in information security management and technology.  In past roles, he has worked in engineering, consulting, and management capacities for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Department of Education, the Federal Aviation Administration, and other government and commercial organizations.

In 1997, Warren began working in the technology field when he became a web designer and developer at Axent Technologies, Inc., where he later transitioned to become a security engineer.  Starting in 2001, he became a senior analyst and team leader at Computer Sciences Corporation, and later worked as an Information Security Manager, Consultant and Engineer at Endeavor Systems, Inc. from 2004 to 2008.

Warren has been actively engaged in building and managing social technologies, from the early days of dial-up BBSes through today’s social media platforms and virtual worlds.  He is especially interested in helping non-profit organizations leverage information technology in their missions, and was an invited presenter in 2011 and 2012 at Philadelphia NetSquared, a bi-annual event that connects technology experts with leaders from local social welfare organizations.  Warren looks forward to continuing his work in the community since relocating to Tallahassee, especially with his favorite charities, which include local dog shelters and animal welfare organizations.

Warren received his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Delaware and M.A. in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University.  He earned his Ph.D. in Information Studies with a concentration on social informatics from the College of Information Science and Technology Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.

During the completion of his doctoral studies from 2008-2013, Warren worked as a research assistant at Drexel University’s iSchool, where his research won awards at Drexel University’s 2009 Research Day and the 2013 iConference.

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