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Acting Chair

Robert S. Friedman, PhD is an associate professor of humanities and information technology and directs the science, technology and society program at New Jersey Institute of Technology. His research examines science and culture, socio-technical systems design, and technology’s role in education.

Friedman is first author of a reference guide to the theory and research supporting the field of technology and innovation management. Principle Concepts of Technology and Innovation Management: Critical Research Models, published in August 2008 by IGI Publishing, was co-authored by Desiree M. Roberts, University of New York-Empire State College and Jonathan D. Linton, University of Ottawa, Canada.

Friedman serves as editor-in-chief of the ACM’s Special Interest Group for Information Technology Education’s Peer-Reviewed SIGITE Newsletter, and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on socio-technical systems in their cultural contexts.


  • Ph.D., American Literature, City University of New York Graduate Center, 1993
  • M.S., Information Systems New Jersey Institute of Technology, 2002
  • M.F.A., Fiction, Brooklyn College, City University of New York, 1987
  • B.A.,English, CUNY Baccalaureate Program, 1984



Courses Developed

  • STS 101 Foundations of Science, Technology and Society, 2007
  • IT 380 Educational Software Design and Development, Spring 2002
  • IT 485 Electronic Beowulf, Designed for an E-Learning Environment, Spring 2002
  • IT 485 Video Production, Fall 2002
  • IT 485 Digital Music and Secondary Education, Fall 2002
  • IT 201 Information Design Techniques, Spring 2003

Multimedia Developed

  • Produced "The Tegite Challenge," a middle school reading skills game, for Pearson.
  • Produced and directed CD-ROM courseware for ENG 620: Proposal Writing, E-Learning
  • Produced “City Mapping,” CD-ROM courseware for IT 485, Educational Software Design and Development
  • Produced “City Physics,” CD-ROM courseware for IT 485, Educational Software Design and Development
  • Produced "Negro Leagues 101," CD-ROM courseware and museum exhibit for IT 485, Educational Software Design and Development.
  • Produced CD-ROM courseware for IT 485, Electronic Beowulf
  • Authored and produced multimedia video lecture for LIT 331: World Literature, E-Learning
  • Living Literature: An Online Introduction to Literature Prototype.
  • Produced and edited multimedia Proceedings CD of The Commercialization of Microsystems 2000 Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Sept. 5-9, 2000.

Research Interests

  • 19th-century American studies
  •  21st-century information technologies and related social, cultural and historical inquiry

Selected Publications

Journal Articles, Peer-Reviewed

R. Friedman, N. Elliot, and B. Haggerty, "E-Learning in Undergraduate Humanities Classes: Unpacking the Variables." International Journal on E-Learning, accepted.

R. Friedman and L. Pruzak, "On Heuristics, Narrative and Knowledge Management." Technovation, accepted.

B. Whitworth and R. Friedman, (2008). “The Challenge of Modern Academic Knowledge Exchange.” ACM SIGITE Newsletter, 5 (2), 4-10.

R. Friedman and A. Saponara, (2008), "The Design, Implementation, and Effectiveness of Educational Software: Developing Technology and Geography Skills through Participatory Design." Journal of Interactive Learning Research 19 (2), 271-292.

R. Friedman and J. Drakes, (2006), “On the Ball Field with the Negro Leagues: Software Development for a Local Museum,” Journal of Computers in Education, Vol. 16 (1), pp. 21-40.



Principle Concepts of Technology and Innovation Management: Critical Research Models. Hershey, PA: Idea Group International, forthcoming in 2008. Jonathan Linton and Desiree Roberts, co-authors, 2008.

Hawthorne´s Romances: Social Drama and the Metaphor of Geometry. London: Harwood Academic Press, 2000.