Steve Sawyer, professor at the School of Information Studies (iSchool) and core faculty member in the Renée Crown University Honors Program, has been recognized with the 2021 Award of Merit by the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), the highest honor given by the international association of information science and technology professionals. The award honors an individual who has made particularly noteworthy and sustained contributions to the information science field in research, science and teaching. Prof. Sawyer teaches an Honors class on Working in the Digital Economy.
The 2021 ASIS&T Award of Merit is based on three criteria: impact on theory, scholarship and practice; exemplary leadership and sustained involvement; and education and mentoring. In nomination letters from colleagues around the globe, Sawyer is credited with “tireless championing of our discipline and our profession” along with “a decades-long dedication to mentoring the future generation of scholars” and being “a caring and generous teacher and scholar who has, in his quiet way, had a significant impact on our field.”