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I’m very excited to announce that I will be starting as an Assistant Professor of Technical Communication in Arizona State University’s Technical Communication program in Fall 2017! As an assistant professor, I suppose that I should stop using so many exclamation marks and become more concise in my writing style.

Association for Business Communication Conference!

I greatly enjoy going to the Association for Business Communication conference, and this year was no exception. One major element of my appreciation for the conference is in their generosity: in addition to eating excellently the whole time (an expense greatly appreciated), I received a Graduate Student Travel Scholarship for the second year in a row. Thank you, ABC!

I also presented a talk called “Business communication genre use by extra-institutional musicians,” which highlighted the genres that the extra-institutional musicians I’ve been studying use in comparison to genres that I teach in my business and technical writing classes. That the genres differ from my teaching and from each other is important; indie rock musicians skew heavily toward digital media genres, while classical musicians rely heavily on oral communication. These differences are related to the different audiences and expectations of their fields, which is an area I will explore more in my dissertation. I conclude with a call to look at more extra-institutional individual types to understand their communication practices more.

In addition to the good food, the award, and the talk, the conversation with the many attendees was engaging and exciting. I look forward to going in 2017, hopefully, as they will be headed to Ireland!

Thanks to SAEE!

I was thrilled to present at the Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Educators’ conference this past weekend in Decatur, Illinois. Held at Millikin University, the third annual conference added a research track to its offerings this year, and I am happy to report that my presentation “The Revealing Business Writing Practices of Classical and Indie Rock Musicians” was on that track!

I discussed data that I had gathered during my dissertation about the writing practices of indie rock and classical musician business communication practices. Specifically, my paper interrogated the concept of “communication skills” for arts entrepreneurs, suggesting that we need to think about specific skills instead of an overarching idea of skills. I also partially confirmed William Gartner’s (2015) suggestion that “various forms of artistic practice are organized in different ways,” as indie rock and classical musicians had different some different communication skills that they had to employ to get their work done. I conclude with a call to investigate the specific communication practices of other arts fields, as they may be different than the two fields I studied.

Thanks to SAEE for letting me present my work! It was a great conference.


Over the past week, several online music publications have covered the findings of “An Organizational Structure of Indie Rock Musicians as Displayed by Facebook Usage.” Great thanks to Marc Hogan of Pitchfork, who asked me some very thoughtful questions for a daily news article. (The title of the article is an editor’s doing.)

Thanks also to AltPress, Ultimate Guitar, Metal Hammer (Denmark), Team Rock (Scotland), M Magazine (Britain), (Spain), (Greece), Newsr.In (India),, This Page Will Self Destruct, (re-directs to the Pitchfork article),, and NC State News for coverage as well! It is an honor to have my work discussed in the media.


I’m excited and honored to announce that “An Organizational Structure of Indie Rock Musicians as Displayed by Facebook Usage” has been published at the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication! The abstract is below. This article contains some preliminary findings from my dissertation, which will be done in May 2017. Big thanks are due to JTWC for taking on my work and making it look so good in print.

Indie rock musicians are a group of extra-institutional individuals who play an often-vibrant role in urban economic development. The organizational structure that guides their professional activities has yet to be investigated. Interviews with 18 indie rock musicians provided a way to investigate organizational structure. They reported a build structure featuring the principles of audience development, slow growth, and unevenness. The constraints of the musician’s professional situation require long-term promotion of aesthetic products to a slowly growing audience in a saturated market that produces unevenness through power imbalances. This slow-growing structure contrasts with organizational structures that provide immediate benefits.

Genre collaboration with Carolyn Miller online now

I am happy to announce that a collaborative article that I worked on has been published at Genre Across Borders. Genre Across Borders is an international project dedicated to the theoretical advancement and teaching of genre. The article that Brent Henze, Carolyn Miller, and I contributed to is called “Technical Communication.” It serves as an introduction to research in the topic of genre that has been conducted in the field of technical communication.

ABC-SWUS Presentation

I’m proud to have presented the first research from my dissertation at the Southwestern Regional Conference of the Association for Business Communication. The presentation was called “Earn a Living: The Business Communication Practices of Indie Rock Arts Entrepreneurs,” and I discussed findings from the first 18 interviews of my larger study on the business communication practices of indie-rock and classical arts entrepreneurs. I had a great time presenting and answering questions from the crowd!

It was also nice to be back in my old stomping grounds of the Oklahoma City metro, where I did my journalism degree and subsequent journalism work. I don’t get to see my alma mater repped too much out in North Carolina, so it was a pleasant treat to see OU paraphernalia all over the place.


Cameren Dolecheck of WKNC88.1 asked me to give an interview for Eye on the Triangle’s “Explain It to Me Like I’m 88” segment, where doctoral students from around the university discuss their work. I was honored to be featured in the February 17th edition of the radio show. My segments starts at 9:50 in the clip, or you can get a direct link to my eight-minute interview here.

I gave a brief overview of my personal history with the topic of independent music business, then explained some of the preliminary findings of my research for a general audience. It was a great time, and I was excited to be on the show!

Association for Business Communication Conference: Trifecta

At the 2015 Association for Business Communication Conference in Seattle, I was pleased to complete a trifecta of sorts: I presented my talk “No Immediate Plans: Arts Nonprofit Motivations in Choice or Rejection of Crowdfunding,” had my corresponding paper featured in the proceedings of the conference, and was awarded a Graduate Student Travel Scholarship! Many thanks to the members of the Association of Business Communication for hosting such a great conference in an inspiring city.

My presentation and paper focused on results from a survey about the use of crowdfunding in arts nonprofits in North Carolina. I found that organizations consider their specific needs when deciding to use or reject crowdfunding, but often do not factor in their potential audience’s response or their organization’s structure. Respondents representing organizations which had not conducted a crowdfunding campaign noted overwhelmingly that they were open to the idea in the future but had no current plans to do it.

Talking Business with Artists

I had the great honor of being a respondent on the plenary closing panel “Emerging Voices: Directions for the Field” at the Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education (SAEE) Second Annual Conference on October 16-17. It was hosted by The Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise at The Ohio State University.

The panelists were asked to write questions for the audience; after an audience member made a statement, the panelist responsible for writing the question was asked to respond. My questions revolved around the need for research on active arts entrepreneurs and the types of jobs necessary in the emerging field to facilitate that type of research activity. This was my second year on the “Emerging Voices” panel. I got strong feedback from several listeners who responded to my comments. I look forward to attending the conference next year!