David J Saab, Infographic CV


My background is interdisciplinary and diverse and it doesn’t lend itself to easy description. The central focus of my talents has always been the creating of effective learning environments whether formal, informal, in-person, or virtual. My research approach is primarily qualitative, including ethnographic, but also includes survey construction and analysis. My expertise includes culture, cultural transformation, and intercultural interactions.

I am a PhD (2011) in Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State. My research has been described as seeking ways for people and information systems to better understand each other across cultural and technological boundaries. As a scholar of information science and technology, I am interested in the complex philosophical, conceptual and cultural underpinnings of information. Information and its dynamics are central to the foundations of digital humanities, cognitive science, communication, epistemology and philosophy of science. Being a philosopher of information and an information ethicist allows me to work in areas as diverse as philosophy, social media, intercultural communication, cyberinfrastructure, and information science. 

Beyond my research interests in technologies and information sciences, I have 25 years of experience as a trainer and classroom instructor. I have trained employees in methods of process improvement (in English and Marshallese languages), taught community education courses in Marshallese language and culture, basic computer literacy and word processing for Marshallese employees, intercultural communication and leadership for American managers, and new employee orientations.

Following my masters degree I worked as an instructor for a training organization, delivering training of ERP and CRM applications to a wide variety of organizations, including Agilent, Titleist, Northeastern University, Telstra, USAA, and Eagle Family Foods. I subsequently managed teams of trainers delivering instruction for clients such as Goldman Sachs and H&R Block.

Specialties: Information Ethics, Semantic Technologies, Qualitative Research, Learning and Culture.

I am actively looking for employment. As an interdisciplinary scholar that integrates cognitive science, cultural analysis, and technology, I am qualified to teach qualitative research methods, information sciences, information ethics, user-centered design, and other courses in philosophy, communications, and the social sciences. Teaching Philosophy [pdf]

I can help with strategic transformations of organizational cultures, designing courses and curricula, and delivering academic instruction and training in a variety of learning environments. Curriculum Vitae [pdf], Infographic CV [pdf]

I am interested in scholarly and participatory research regarding algorithms and ethics, collaborative technologies, cultural/informational landscapes, knowledge creation and assimilation, as well as adaptive semantic technologies and narratives. Research Profile [pdf]

Lately I’ve been particularly interested in how technologies are employed in non-capitalist and non-hierarchical organizations, like worker coops and anarchist organizations focused on sustainable ecologies. These curiosities have yet to be developed into research proposals, so if you are interested in collaboration…Get in touch!