Dr. Andrea Wiggins
- Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis, Assistant Professor
My work focuses on understanding the growing role and impacts of technologies in citizen science. My research research highlights the design, management, and technology configurations that address the needs of diverse stakeholders in citizen science, and informs the development of systems and policies to support public participation in science. I serve in an advisory capacity for citizen science initiatives across a range of disciplines, from astrophysics to social sciences, as well as federal policy initiatives, and collaborates extensively with the citizen science community.
I teach MIS courses on management, data analysis, and IT ethics. My courses often include service learning components that help students practice real-world skills while contributing to social good.
My research investigates the interactions of organizational settings, work design, and technologies in open collaboration systems. I study sociotechnical systems in citizen science to better understand and design information systems for open participation and collaboration in data-intensive contexts. My research focuses on the role of technologies and data practices in citizen science, and evaluating individual and collective performance and productivity in open collaboration. I'm interested in how ordinary people become involved in meaningful real-world research through citizen science projects, and how technologies can help.
I focus on service to my profession, prioritizing advisory roles with federal agencies such as EPA, NIH, and NASA, and peer review of competitive grant proposals for the National Science Foundation and National Academies, as well as their equivalents in other countries. I have served as a peer reviewer for conferences and journals across a variety of disciplines.I am also a certified Nebraska Master Naturalist and volunteer with numerous local organizations to promote conservation of Nebraska's natural resources.