UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa .– Daniel Susser, Assistant Professor at Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), received the Haile Family Early Career Professor Chair in Information Science and Technology. The staffed position, created in 2012 by IST Advisory Board Distinguished Don Haile, helps outstanding faculty members foster their commitment to teaching, provide funding for emerging research and recognize their achievements .
“I am honored beyond belief to have received this endowed chair,” said Susser. “It’s an incredible expression of support for me and my work. I feel so lucky to work with and learn from everyone at IST, so this recognition by the college is really meaningful.
The three-year appointment recognizes the importance of Susser’s area of research and his achievements to date, as well as the potential impact of his future work.
“Daniel brings valuable ethics expertise to the college, a vital addition, especially in the context of our research and data science curriculum,” said Andrew Sears, Dean of the College of IST. years to come thanks to this chair.
Susser’s research explores questions at the intersection of the philosophy of technology, science and technology studies, and technology ethics and policy. The main objective of his work is to provide philosophical tools on concrete challenges in ethics and governance, helping policymakers, activists and engineers to solve the complex conceptual and normative problems that prevent creating technologies that work for everyone. He has written on information privacy, digital influence and online manipulation, and the ethics of automation.
“This chair will have a significant impact on my teaching and my research. The funding that comes with it will help me get the work done and communicate it to a wider audience, ”Susser said. “I also suspect that this demonstration by the college of its commitment to the kind of research and teaching I do, on social, ethical and governance issues raised by digital technologies, will make Penn State an even more vibrant place. to do so, helping to attract the best students and collaborators.
Susser arrived at Penn State in 2018, where he is also an associate researcher and senior faculty member at the Rock Ethics Institute and an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Philosophy at the College of the Liberal Arts. Prior to Penn State, Susser was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at San Jose State University, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Information Law, New York University School of Law, Fellow of the Institute’s Privacy Research Group and Visiting Research Professor in NYU’s Department of Media, Culture and Communications. He received a bachelor’s degree in computer science and philosophy from George Washington University and a doctorate in philosophy from Stony Brook University.
The Haile Family Early Career Professorship in Information Science and Technology was established to help the college recruit and retain scientists, academics and educators with the greatest potential to contribute to IST, its students and the world. When Haile pledged the funds for the chair, he said, “This is a chance to help the young professors, who will hopefully be at the University for a long time.”