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!

Published in Intercom!

I am excited to be published in the May 2015 edition of Intercomthe society of Technical Communicators’ monthly magazine. My article is entitled “Let’s Talk About Jane: The Ethics of ‘Other’ Knowledge.” In it, I argue that technical communicators have an ethical imperative to continually interrogate their epistemology and best practices by investigating and potentially integrating tactics from fields other than technical communication. I used the digital media practices of a hypothetical independent musician named Jane to explain how this process could work. The article is part of an issue on ethics guest-edited by Derek Ross of Auburn University, who invited me to be in the edition. Thanks, Derek!

Graduate Research Symposium: “The Regularization and Regulation of Kickstarter Proposals”

I was honored to be selected for inclusion in the 10th Annual NCSU Graduate Research Symposium, which took place on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. I presented a poster based on some ongoing qualitative research I’m doing in relation to the emergent genre of Kickstarter writing. I am also interested in studying crowdfunding writing more broadly; however, I discovered as part of my analysis that there are specific regulated conventions for Kickstarter that don’t necessarily appear in other crowdfunding platforms, such as particular sections and word count restrictions. I draw my use of the terms regularized and regulated from Schryer, Lingard and Spafford (2007).

In addition the regulated elements of Kickstarter, I found several trends that were not specifically mandated by the platform. These trends seemed to be coming from the authors themselves, in what I identified as a regularized action in the genre. My overall argument was that, given these regularized and regulated trends, Kickstarter is becoming a differentiated genre from any antecedent genres, and thus deserves research and pedagogical attention.

Schryer, C. F., Lingard, L., & Spafford, M. (2007). Regularized Practices: Genres, Improvisation, and Identity Formation in Health-Care Professions. In M. Zachry & C. Thralls (Eds.), Communicative Practices in Workplaces and the Professions: Cultural Perspectives on the Regulation of Discourse and Organizations. Amityville, NY: Baywood.

CCCCs: Crowdfunding

I was pleased to present at CCCC some research I’ve been doing on crowdfunding and grant writing. I delivered “Proposal Networks: An Activity Theory Analysis of Crowdfunding and Grant Writing” on a panel with Jason Swarts and Kristyne Bradford, who was sadly unable to attend. The talk featured a theoretical arm about activity theory and the topic’s case study.

When compared using the Bitzer’s rhetorical situation model, crowdfunding and grant writing may look similar in their exigence and constraints. However, activity theory allows for looking at exigence and constraints in a systematic way. When I analyzed crowdfunding and grant writing from an activity theory standpoint, differences appeared. The rules, tools, communities, and divisions of labor in the two activities were different. Thus, I argued that researchers should investigate crowdfunding as a distinct activity system of its own.


I’ve been keeping busy even over the summer. I presented on a panel at the Arts Entrepreneurship Educator’s Conference in Dallas, Texas in June. At the conference, I was announced as an assistant editor of The Journal of Arts Entrepreneurship Research. As the current edition is the first edition, I am a founding editor! I am pleased to be part of this new journal.

I also have been asked to be an editor of Meridian: A Journal of K-16 Educational Technology. Meridian has been publishing since the late 90s, so I am definitely not a founding editor over there.

I am thrilled by these two opportunities!

Achievement Unlocked: CCCC Presentation

Indianapolis told me to say hello to you all, as I was just recently there as part of the Conference on College Composition and Communication. I and four colleagues presented on the use of RikiWiki in graduate-level rhetoric and composition courses. I spoke about the graduate students’ perspectives on the assignment. It was a fun panel, and I was glad to be presenting at Cs. Next year in Tampa!

The details:

“You Left Your Knowledge Open: Using RikiWiki for Collaborative Knowledge-Building in Writing Studies,” March 21, 2014. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Indianapolis, Ind.

On the occasion of a polar vortex

As I start new projects for 2014, I did take a minute to update all the pages above with the things I did in 2013. Here are some things I’m looking forward to in 2014:

  • A proposal for juried art contest at Moogfest 2014 has been sent off.
  • An EP by the Midnight Sons named Descartes is planned for May 2015
  • I’m working with Cafe de los Muertos to get live music in the new coffee shop
  • New research projects abound

More details on all of these will follow in the upcoming weeks. Stay warm out there.

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