University of Maryland

Shawn Janzen

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Shawn Janzen is a doctoral student and course instructor in the College of Information Studies.  His research interests include how individuals within an organization create, choose to share, and adopt information that becomes part of the organization’s institutional knowledge or serves as the institution’s public messaging.  He focuses these interests on issues related to disruptive and emerging technologies, as well as collaboration, sociotechnical cybersecurity, informatics, and data ethics.  Professionally, Shawn consulted for clients on organizational communications and digital strategy, transportation policy and government contracting, and data ethics.  Shawn served in the U.S. Peace Corps in St. Vincent and the Grenadines as an NGO and institution developer. He was a researcher at the European Parliament, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and George Mason University. His nonprofit management work spans more than a decade, with service work advising several boards including ASPA chapters in DC and Chicago as well as the United Nations Association-USA Greater Chicago Chapter.  Shawn enjoys teaching methods courses and serving as a conduit for student success.  He was awarded the Student’s Choice Teaching Award in both 2018 an 2019. Shawn holds a Master of Public Policy from American University and a Master of Public Administration from DePaul University.

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Amirkhanyan, A.A., Meier, K.J., O’Toole Jr, L.J., Janzen, S.P., & Dakhwe, M.A. (2017). Management and performance in US nursing homes. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.

Select Conference Presentations

  • Mind the Gap: Is Technology Administration Missing in the Public Administration Curriculum? American Society for Public Administration National Conference, Seattle, WA, 20 March 2016
  • In for a dime, in for a dollar: A survey experiment on federal spending for science research and space exploration. Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management National Conference, Miami, FL, 12 Nov 2015
  • MOM helps take out the orbital trash: A tool bridging public management and international relations. Poster presentation. Northeast Conference on Public Administration, Arlington, VA, 6 Nov 2015
  • Do Bird of a Feather Tweet Together: Analyzing the U.S. Federal Funded Research & Development Agencies’ Twitter Network. Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management National Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 8 Nov 2014
  • National Cybersecurity Development in a Developing Country: Case Study of St. Vincent & the Grenadines. Capstone Field Research Presentation, DePaul University 22 May 2013

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