Dr. Andrea Wiggins
- Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis, Assistant Professor
My first professional position focused on service, as a Americorps*VISTA volunteer coordinator for an adult literacy organization in Southeast Michigan. I worked in the nonprofit sector for several years, as well as a web design consulting firm, before attending graduate school in Michigan and Upstate New York. After earning my PhD, I worked as a postdoctoral fellow with DataONE for 2 years, doing research on data management in citizen science while stationed at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and then moved to the Mid-Atlantic to join the faculty of the University of Maryland College of Information Studies. It was a great place to get started, but I missed the Midwest more than I expected, so in 2017 I joined the ISQA faculty at UNO.
I have taught data management and introductory-level MIS and IT management courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. I also teach a course called "From Data to Decisions" that focuses on an end-to-end inquiry-driven data analysis project. 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, from ecology to science education to information systems.