Frederick Steier, Ph.D, is Professor in the School of Leadership Studies at Fielding Graduate University, and Emeritus at the University of South Florida, where he had also served as Director of Interdisciplinary Studies Programs. His work focuses on systemic approaches to social/ecological systems, with attention to learning and whole systems design. He has directed participatory action research programs in a wide variety of settings, ranging from government institutions, including NASA, to science centers, such as the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), in Tampa, Florida, where he was also a Scientist-in-Residence. He is the editor of the volumes, Gregory Bateson: Essays for an ecology of ideas (2005), and Research and Reflexivity (1991), and is a Past-President of the American Society for Cybernetics. He has also been on the faculty of Old Dominion University (where he was also Director of the Center for Cybernetic Studies in Complex Systems), the University of Oslo (Norway) and the University of Pennsylvania. He has also had the honor of being King Olav V Fellow with the American-Scandinavian Foundation, and recently (2019) received the Norbert Wiener award for lifetime achievement from the American Society for Cybernetics.
Dr. Steier received his doctorate from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, in Social Systems Sciences, in 1983.
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Constructionist Research Methodologies
Relationships Between Information Technologies, Organizational and Inter-Organizational Communication
Work Teams and Communication Processes
- American Society for Cybernetics (President, 1989-91)
- International Communication Association; International Society for Systems Sciences
Issues in constructing a second order cybernetic methodology in cultureCommunication Faculty Publications
(1991) Communication Faculty Publications. Paper 481.
Toward a radical and ecological constructivist approach to family communicationJournal of Applied Communication Research
(1989) Communication research is produced by and understood through processes of communication. The communication processes by which communication research is produced are researchable processes involving researcher(s) as observers constructing a world.