Dr. Jeffrey Stone

Dr. Jeff Stone
Associate Professor, Information Sciences and Technology
Lehigh Valley, 217-N

Jeffrey A. Stone, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Information Sciences and Technology (IST)

The social impacts of computing technology underpins the important work of Associate Professor of IST Jeffrey A. Stone, Ph.D.

A member of the Penn State faculty since 2001, Dr. Stone’s research is focused on public sector use of social media, sociological factors related to gaming, and computer and information science pedagogy. Currently, much of his research is spent investigating the use of social media for strategic communication purposes throughout U.S. states and municipalities.

“I’m also investigating perceptions of the so-called ‘gamer identity,’ as well as the impact gaming has had on community-level socialization,” said Dr. Stone, who oversees the campus’ Game Development minor.


Prior to coming to PSU-LV, Dr. Stone was a visiting instructor of computer science at Dickinson College, an adjunct instructor of computer science at Harrisburg Area Community College, a senior instructor of IST at Penn State Schuylkill, and a software developer for an engineering firm producing network analysis software for gas, water and electric utilities.

In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. Stone has served as vice chair and secretary of the Penn State Lehigh Valley Faculty Senate, as well as on numerous committees.

Recent Publications

Stone, J., Flanders, K., and Can, S. Hakan. (2022). “Strategic communication? Measurement and evaluation of Twitter use among municipal governments.” Government Information Quarterly, 101755. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.giq.2022.101755

Stone, J. and Can, S.Hakan. (2021), “Gendered language differences in public communication? The case of municipal tweets.” International Journal of Information Management Data Insights, 1(2), 100034. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jjimei.2021.100034

Stone, J. (2021). “Uncovering the Meaning: Exploring Semantic Differences in US Perceptions of “Gamer” and Game Players.” Games and Culture, 16(7), 907-931. https://doi.org/10.1177/15554120211005234

Stone, J. & Cruz, L. (2021). “The Wicked and the Logical: Facilitating Integrative Learning Among Introductory Computing Students”. Teaching & Learning Inquiry, 9(1), 180-99. https://doi.org/10.20343/teachlearninqu.9.1.13.

Stone, J. (2020). “ICT Self-Efficacy: Gender and Socioeconomic Influences Among First-Year Students.” International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology, 12(3), 377-394. http://genderandset.open.ac.uk/index.php/genderandset/article/view/670

Stone, J. and Can, S.Hakan. (2020), “Factors Influencing Tweet Purposes and Citizen Engagement with Municipal Twitter Accounts.” Online Information Review. https://doi.org/10.1108/OIR-05-2020-0175

Stone, J. & Cruz, L. (2020). “Integrative Learning in CS1: Programming, Sustainability, and Reflective Writing.” Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, 35(8), 34-44.

Stone, J., Jackson, D. & Kaschak, M. (2020). “Integrative Learning: A General Education Course on the Art and Science of Virtual Worlds.” International Journal on E-Learning, 19(3), 265-286. https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/p/215671/.

Stone, J. & Can, S. Hakan. (2020). “Linguistic Analysis of Municipal Twitter Feeds: Factors Influencing Frequency and Engagement.” Government Information Quarterly  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.giq.2020.101468

Stone, J. & Can, S. Hakan. (2019). “Investigating Factors of Twitter Use among Municipal Governments.” Journal of Computer Information Systems. https://doi.org/10.1080/08874417.2019.1628673

Stone, J. (2019). “Self-identification as a “gamer” among college students: Influencing factors and perceived characteristics.” New Media & Society, 21(11-12), 2607-2627. https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444819854733

Ph.D., Public Administration, Penn State University

M.S., Computer Science, Shippensburg University

B.S., Computer Science, Shippensburg University

A.S., Math/Computer Science, Harrisburg Area Community College