Ph.D. Rhetoric and Communication: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 1998. GPA 4.0. Dissertation Chair: David Porush. Readers: James Zappen, Tamar Gordon, Audrey Steinhauer. Outside Reader: Cynthia Selfe.
Dissertation: The Ballad of the Internet Nutball: Chaining Rhetorical Visions from the Margins of the Margins to the Mainstream in the Xenaverse. www.nutball.com/dissertation
Online ethnography & rhetorical analysis was first Web-based hypertext dissertation accepted at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in 1998. Since then the permanent site has received international recognition and is required reading in graduate seminars both within & outside the USA, receiving international trAce award (UK), Dec 2000. Author interviewed in New York Times article on cult TV in 2000. Research was subject of a visual rhetoric study by Mary E. Hocks in June 2003 issue of the Journal of College Composition and Communication.
Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing, Poetry: University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, 1990 (sixty credit terminal degree). Thesis: Darkroom Glories poetry manuscript.
Bachelor of Arts: University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, 1985.
Major: Journalism. Minor: English.
Specialties, Research, and Teaching Interests
Weblogs, Citizen Media & Micropublishing, Intranets & CMS, Cyberculture & VR, Social Network Computing, Interface Design & Usability, Interaction Design, Hypermedia & Multimedia Communication Theory, Visual Communication, Graphic Design, Computers & Composition, Rhetorical Theory and Analysis, Feminist Theory, Cultural Studies, Ethnographic Research Methods, Professional/Technical Communication, Electronic Journalism, Public Relations, Literary Journalism, Photojournalism, Poetry, Nonfiction, & Fiction Workshops
Seminar on Weblogs & Citizen Journalism*, Visual Communication Graduate Seminar, Rhetoric of Web Publishing Graduate Seminar*, Writing for Electronic Media*, Technical Writing, Laptop Composition, Honors Composition, Expository Writing (pilot course for computer-assisted teaching), Writing for Electronic Media* (RPI iteration), Writing to the World Wide Web*, Newswriting, Reporting, Feature Writing, Photojournalism. GT Critical Thinking & Creative Writing (* indicates new courses I developed).
T. Anthony Pollner Distinguished Professor: Took leave from CNN Headline News to teach endowed one-semester visiting position for Fall 2005 at University of Montana School of Journalism, Missoula, MT. Seminar on weblogs and citizen journalism, Co-advisor to student newspaper and assisted with RSS-based redesign of its online edition.
Assistant Professor: Department of English, Clemson University, Clemson, SC (1998 to 2002). Visual Communication Seminar, Professional Communication, New Media and Web Design, Interaction Architecture and Usability, Pilot Laptop Program.
Administrative Assistant: Electronic Media, Arts, and Communication (EMAC Program). Language, Literature and Communication, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. (1996-97) Marketing and Recruitment.
Teaching Assistant: Language, Literature and Communication, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. (1994-96) Courses: Expository Writing (pilot course for computer-assisted teaching), Writing for Electronic Media, Writing to the World Wide Web (new courses I developed), computer workshops for faculty.
Research Assistant: Language, Literature and Communication, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. (Fall 1993) NSF-funded Design Conference Room for Computer-Supported Collaborative Work.
Tenure-Track Instructor: Valdosta State University, English (Journalism) Valdosta, Georgia. (Sept. 1990 to June 1993) Courses: Newswriting, Reporting, Feature Writing, Photojournalism, Photo Editing, Honors Composition, and First Year Composition.
Creative Writing Teacher: Young Writer’s Workshop, SCOPE, Public Services, Valdosta State University. (Jan. to March 1992, 1991)
Teacher, Critical Thinking, Fiction Writing: Arkansas Governor’s School, top state-funded HS gifted program in Arkansas. (June-July, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1990)
Graduate Assistant: University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, English. (Sept. 1988 to May 1990) Courses: First Year Composition, 2-semester sequence.
Creative Writing Teacher, PR Officer, Photographer: Project Wet and Wild (state-funded summer nature camp for gifted and talented high school students) Rogers, AR. (Aug. 1987, 1988, 1989)
Research, Consulting, & Contract Work
Senior Information Architect (also IA and FA). (January 2007-June 2013) Razorfish NYC (Public Company; Marketing and Advertising industry)
- Clients include: Major (confidential) Insurance Client (lead on multiple workstreams), BlackBerry, Prudential (lead on multiple workstreams), T. Rowe Price, Oppenheimer, MetLife (intranet redesign), EMC.com, American Red Cross (intranet redesign) and Ford (multiple workstreams). Also worked on the implementation of the redesign of Disney’s ESPN.com (winner of two Webby Awards).
- Long-term subject matter expert on the Ford SYNC hands-free voice-control system, and primary UX designer for the initial MyFord and MyLincoln Touch owner support site–with social media strategy. Also solved integration issues within the Ford web ecosystem with the Ford Owner, Vehicle and Corporate sites over 2+ years.
- 2 years assigned to Condé Nast large scale web projects: the Webby Award-winning Style.com (with Vogue magazine site still incorporated), Men’s Style.com (with GQ still incorporated), Portfolio.com, and the social media/creative scrapbooking site for teenaged girls, Flip.com.
- Subject matter expert for e-learning/training projects, for global and cross-cultural UX research, and on media and entertainment interfaces relating to social media, UGC, syndication and online publishing.
CNN Headline News Seminars Knowledge Log: (2003) K-log built on spec for editorial staff intranet support for a series of writing seminars, script workshops, & discussion on style guides. Approved for full implementation & funding, Sept. 2003, but later discontinued. Resurrected for newsgroup-wide employee intranet prototype, Sept. 2006.
Companion Web Site: Technical Communication, 9th ed. John M. Lannon, Longman. Content development, hypertextual structuring, student guide.
Corporate Advisory Board, Software Secure: Boston, MA. Online essay testing software for laptop programs and electronic classrooms. Appointed 2000.
Sponsored Research, Web Consultant, Director, PSA Interactive Resources Studio: (1998 to 2001) Clemson University Public Service Activities. Created interface research and testing division with 4 graduate assistants and 1 undergraduate programmer. Built multimedia studio. Planned and implemented redesign of the PSA web site to test interface design theory. Directed team of web consultant RAs for stakeholders under the land grant university’s public service commitment. Studio teaching of graduate and undergraduate students in interaction architecture and web consulting. About $100,000 funded over 3 years.
Computer Consultant: Cisco Systems, Albany, NY branch. (1997) Created Excel database for the NYS government contract, then planned and designed a local node of the Cisco Web behind a firewall for NYS contract price list, demo inventory, and promotions. Set up a web server.
Web Consultant: Seminar / Site Workshop for the UNISYS Transportation Sector Marketing Group, Bluebell, PA. (July 1995) 1-day seminar to help TMSG overhaul web site for graphical competitiveness, nonlinear design, and high-end functionality. Prepared formal recommendations after session.
Computer Consultant: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Language Literature and Communication, Troy, NY. (1994-95) Conducted faculty workshops, provided professors with software assistance, managed department Unix space.
Weblogs, Journalism, Photojournalism, Graphic Design
T. Anthony Pollner Distinguished Professor: Took leave from CNN Headline News to teach endowed one-semester visiting position for Fall 2005 at University of Montana School of Journalism, Missoula, MT. Seminar on weblogs and citizen journalism, Co-advisor to student newspaper and assisted with RSS-based redesign of its online edition.
Writer; Researcher/Associate Writer: CNN Headline News, Atlanta, GA (Aug 2001 to present). Writer on evening and afternoon prime time shows. Wrote & edited on-screen 2-deck headline “ticker” live during major events in recent history, including 9/11 and 2 wars. Cyberculture/cult media columnist for HLN on CNN.com: “BuzzFactor” and “Hot Wired.” Freelanced for CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 NYC prime time show.
Design and Marketing Assistant: RSVP: Office of Continuing and Distance Education, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. (1997-98) Web redesign, desktop publishing, and marketing displays.
Graphic Designer: Lighting Research Center, School of Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. (Spring 1997, 1996)
News Photographer: Northwest Arkansas Times (daily circ. 13,000) Fayetteville, AR. Thomson chain. (1989)
Design and Production Intern: University of Arkansas Press, Fayetteville, AR. (1989) Assisted national award-winning book designers.
Freelance Photography, DTP, and Multimedia Business: (1987 to present) University of Arkansas Theater and NCAA Division I Sports in 1980s; freelance photojournalism, stock photography and weddings in 1990s. Expanded into graphic design, digital imaging, public relations writing, and web design in the 2000s.
Photographer II (Dept. Manager): Photo Services, Division of Information, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. (1986-88)
Contract Reporter and Photographer: Oak Leaves (weekly), Fayetteville, AR. (1985-86)
Reporter, Photographer, Darkroom Production: Frontiersman and Valley Sun newspapers (biweekly), Wasilla, Alaska. (Summer 1985, 1977-80).
Reporter and Photographer: News and Publications, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. (1984-85)
Service Learning Mini-Grant, Clemson University, Fall 1999, $500.
Collaborative Learning Environment Faculty Fellow. Clemson University, Summer 1999, $5,000.
Sponsored Research, Clemson University Public Service Activities Interactive Resources Studio. Clemson University Public Service Activities. Course buy-out funding of $9620 annually, funding for 4 graduate assistants annually $28,000, one time funding for the building of a multimedia studio, $20,000. About $100,000 funded over 3 years.
1996 Rensselaer Founders’ Award of Excellence. 1 of 5 in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences; highest award given at Rensselaer for academic excellence, creativity, discovery, leadership and service.
Master Teaching Fellow, Rensselaer, 1995-96. One of 6 graduate assistants honored for outstanding teaching Institute-wide.
Writing & Speaking
McKinney Award, second place, graduate electronic multimedia, “Résumé Projector,” Rensselaer, 1997.
McKinney Award, second place, graduate poetry, “Springtime in Upstate New York,” Rensselaer, 1996.
McKinney Awards, second place, graduate fiction, “Finding Bodies;” second place, graduate poetry, “Midwest Hometown,” Rensselaer, 1995.
McKinney Awards, third place, graduate nonfiction, “Project Wet and Wild;” second place, graduate poetry, “Darkroom Glories,” Rensselaer, 1994.
M. Blair Hart Award, nonfiction, “Project Wet and Wild,” University of Arkansas Press, 1990.
Felix McKeon Award, poetry, “Darkroom Glories,” University of Arkansas English Department, 1990.
Lily Peter Fellowship, runner-up, poetry, “Juggling,” University of Arkansas English Department, 1988.
Third Place Persuasive Speaking; Third Place in Dramatic Interpretation, and Fourth Place in After Dinner Speaking at Novice Nationals, Omaha, NE, 1982. Seven additional awards for Persuasive Speaking, After Dinner Speaking, and Prose Interpretation while on UWEC Speech Team 1981-83. Qualified for NFA and AFA Nationals in 1982 and 1983.
Photography & Design
Lighting Research Center Partner’s Day Posters, Award of Achievement, Society for Technical Communication, 1996 Publications Competition.
EMAC Web Site named “Best of RPInfo, January 1996.
Arthur L. Murray Scholarship for outstanding contributions to a campus publication, The View alumni magazine, UWEC, 1985.
First place, color photography, Society of Professional Journalists-Sigma Delta Chi, UWEC, 1985.
AEJMC national competition, prospectus and sample issue for a magazine design project ranked in top ten, 1985.
Harry E. Polk Memorial Award for best-designed special page, second place, UWEC, 1984.
Chapters in (Peer-Reviewed) Edited Books
“The Virtual Locker Room in Classroom Electronic Chat Spaces: The Politics of Men as Other.” Feminist Cyberscapes: Mapping Gendered Academic Spaces. Pamela Takayoshi and Kristine Blair, eds. Ablex Publishers. 1999.
“Notes toward a “Reflective Instrumentalism”: A Collaborative Look at Clemson University’s MAPC Program.” Authors: Christine Boese, Mark Charney, Beth Daniel, Barbara Hefferon, Susan Hilligoss, Tharon Howard, Martin Jacobi, Bernadette Longo, Carl Lovitt, Sean Williams, Kathleen Blake Yancey, and Art Young. In Innovative Approaches to the Teaching of Technical Communication. Tracy Bridgeford, Karla Saari Kitalong, Dickie Selfe eds. Utah State Press. 2003.
Peer-Reviewed Electronic Collection
“The Spirit of Paulo Freire in Klogland: Struggling for a Knowledge-Log Revolution” Into the Blogosphere: Rhetoric, Community, and Culture of Weblogs, peer-reviewed collection edited by the University of Minnesota Blog Collective. 2004. http://blog.lib.umn.edu/blogosphere/
Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings
“Making a Successful Case for a Hypertextual Doctoral Dissertation.” ACM 2000 Hypertext: Proceedings of the Eleventh ACM Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia May 30 – June 4, 2000 San Antonio, Texas, USA. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, 2000. 232-233.
Non-Peer-reviewed Professional Journal
“Challenging the Power Structure: Ethical issues between blogging and journalism.” Montana Journalism Review. University of Montana School of Journalism. Summer 2006, Number 35. pp. 8-10.
Non-Peer-reviewed Book Section
Prologue of the book “OJO, ver desde Irak”, by Carolina Podesta. Editado por Distal, 2003. Argentinian book based on Carolina Podesta’s Iraq war weblog. English version available at http://www.carolinapodesta.com/prologo_ingles.htm.
“The Internet imagined: ‘We are immigrants to the future”: CNN Headline News web site, “Buzz Factor” column. Jan 26, 2005. www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/01/26/internet.future/index.html.
“Tsunami relief effort may break new ground in fund raising”: CNN Headline News web site, “Hot Wired” column. Jan 19, 2005. www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/01/19/web.tsunami.aid/index.html
“Passport chips raise privacy concerns”: CNN Headline News web site, “Buzz Factor” column. Jan 6, 2005. www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/01/06/passports/index.html
“Invasion of the podcasting people?”: CNN Headline News web site, “Buzz Factor” column. Dec 8, 2004. www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/12/08/podcasting/index.html
“Imagining the future of the Internet”: CNN Headline News web site, “Buzz Factor” column. Nov 10, 2004. www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/11/10/internet.future/index.html
“Can you prove you’re not a machine?”; CNN Headline News web site, “Buzz Factor” column. Oct 13, 2004. www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/10/13/turing.test/index.html
“Will cyber journalists turn the tables on big media?”; CNN Headline News web site, “Buzz Factor” column. Sep 15, 2004. www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/09/15/cyber.journalist/index.html
“Surviving crashes: A cautionary tale”; CNN Headline News web site, “Hot Wired” column. July 29, 2004. www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/07/29/back.it.up/index.html.
“Next generation of stun guns”; CNN Headline News web site, “Hot Wired” column. June 23, 2004. www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/06/23/new.stun.guns/index.html.
“There once was a woman who lived in her computer”; CNN Headline News web site, “BuzzFactor” column. June 21, 2004. www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/06/21/smart.home/index.html.
“Plug obsession”; CNN Headline News web site, “Hot Wired” column. May 19, 2004. www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/05/19/plugs/index.html.
“Revenge of the ‘Big Ears'”; CNN Headline News web site, “BuzzFactor” column. May 3, 2004. www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/05/03/big.ears/index.html.
“Chipping away at privacy with radio waves”; CNN Headline News web site, “Hot Wired” column. April 21, 2004. www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/04/21/rfid/index.html.
“This is your brain on silicon. Any questions?”; CNN Headline News web site, “BuzzFactor” column. January 26, 2004. www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/01/26/hln.hot.buzz.silicon.brain/index.html.
“You’ve got a friend… of a friend… of a friend”; CNN Headline News web site, “BuzzFactor” column. December 8, 2003. www.cnn.com/2003/SHOWBIZ/12/05/hln.hot.buzz.foaf.networks/index.html.
“The metaphysics of spam”; CNN Headline News web site, “BuzzFactor” column. October 20, 2003. www.cnn.com/2003/SHOWBIZ/10/20/hln.hot.buzz.spam/index.html.
“Internet newbies unite.” CNN Headline News web site, “BuzzFactor” column. Sept 3, 2003. www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/09/01/hln.hot.buzz.weblogs/index.html.
“Welcome to the ‘new’ Web, same as the ‘old’ Web.” CNN Headline News web site, “BuzzFactor” column. July 15, 2003. www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/07/14/hln.hot.buzz.new.web/index.html.
“Living like a ‘Modern Nomad'”: CNN Headline News web site, “BuzzFactor” column. April 22, 2003. www.cnn.com/2003/SHOWBIZ/04/18/hln.hot.buzz.modern.nomad2/index.html.
“Are you a Modern Nomad?” CNN Headline News web site, “BuzzFactor” column. March 14, 2003. www.cnn.com/2003/SHOWBIZ/03/14/hln.hot.buzz.modern.nomad/index.html.
“Fans speak up on NeoPets.” CNN Headline News web site, “BuzzFactor” column. February 10, 2003. www.cnn.com/2003/SHOWBIZ/02/10/hln.hot.buzz.neopet/index.html.
“NeoPets invade the Internet world.” CNN Headline News web site, “BuzzFactor” column. January 6, 2003. www.cnn.com/2003/SHOWBIZ/01/06/hln.hot.buzz.neopets/index.html.
“The karma of virtual libraries.” CNN Headline News web site, “BuzzFactor” column. November 28, 2002. www.cnn.com/2002/SHOWBIZ/11/28/hln.hot.buzz.virtual.libraries/index.html.
“DragonCon: All hope abandon, ye who enter here.” CNN Headline News web site, “BuzzFactor” popular culture column, “BuzzFactor.” August 19, 2002. www.cnn.com/2002/US/08/16/hln.hot.buzz.dragon/index.html
“The Convention as Authentic Xena Experience: A Postmodern Dialogue by an Avatar and Nomad.” Co-authored with Dr. Carolyn Bremer. Whoosh! online Xena fanzine, sponsored by the International Association for Xena Studies (IAXS). June 2001. www.whoosh.org/issue57/bremer57.html#it.
“Don’t Forget About Della: Standing the Test of Time.” Whoosh! online Xena fanzine, sponsored by the International Association for Xena Studies (IAXS). June 2000. whoosh.org
“Spinning off from the Source: Alternative Fan Fiction Changes with the Seasons.” Whoosh! online Xena fanzine, sponsored by the International Association for Xena Studies (IAXS). October 1998. http://whoosh.org
“Going into the Woods.” Computer-Mediated Communication Magazine, December 1996. www.december.com/cmc/mag/1996/dec/boese/woods.html
“An Immodest Proposal.” Computer-Mediated Communication Magazine, April 1995. www.december.com/cmc/mag/1995/apr/boese.html
“Garnett and Judy, Tea and Cobbler,” Free Cuisenart, Spring 1997.
“Memory, Moon,” Habersham Review, Spring 1996.
“Boomtown Winter,” Habersham Review, Spring 1996.
“Juggling,” Snake Nation Review, Spring 1993.
“Rival,” Santa Clara Review, Spring 1993.
“Be Easy,” Santa Clara Review, Spring 1993.
“Alumni Game,” Santa Clara Review, Fall 1992.
“Intimate with Owls,” Caesura, Spring 1991.
“Found Poem—Freshman Essay,” Kentucky Poetry Review, Fall 1991.
“Alone,” Painted Hills Review, Fall 1991.
“Statement,” Pendragon, Spring 1992.
“Aliens,” Pendragon, Spring 1992.
“Wine Bottle,” NOTA, 1984.
“Freedom,” NOTA, 1984.
Online Textbook Content
Companion Web Site: Technical Communication, 9th ed. John M. Lannon, Longman. Content development, hypertextual structuring, student guide. Fall 2002.
Photography & Design
Front Page Lead Photo, Lead Web site Photo, “Clemson seniors help save woman from drowning.” The Greenville News. April 11, 2000.
Book Cover Design and Photography, Lucifer Rising by Sharon Bowers, Justice House Publishers/Lightning/Ingram, 1999.
“The Approach in 1995,” published with “Rhetorician as Agent of Social Change” by Ellen Cushman in College Composition and Communication,
vol. 47, No. 1, February 1996.
Frontispiece portrait, John December, World Wide Web Unleashed, SAMS Publishing/Macmillan, October 1994.
Book jacket portrait, James Whitehead, Near at Hand, University of Missouri Press, Spring 1993.
Book jacket portrait, Heather Ross Miller, Friends and Assassins, University
of Missouri Press, Spring 1993. Hard Evidence, University of Missouri Press, 1991.
Book jacket portrait, James Whitehead, Joiner, University of Arkansas Press reprint series, 1991.
“The Spirit of Paulo Freire in Klogland: Struggling for a Knowledge-Log Revolution;” from conference-themed panel on “Borderland Technologies as Catalysts for Communication and Deliberation: Blogs, Klogs, and Gripe sites” presented at International Communication Association Conference, San Diego, May 27, 2003.
“Taking Problem-based Service Learning to the Internet: Where is Everybody and What can We Do About It?” from a panel developed on “Technology Access and Activist Pedagogies: Finding the Dialogues in New Media” presented at The Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition, Louisville, KY, October 5-7, 2000.
“Comparing Interface Features between Text-based and Graphical Chat Environments,” at a panel with a PSA Interactive Resources Studio student researcher on “Enhancing the Visual in Synchronous Chat Interfaces: How Do Graphical Environments Affect Collaborative Cultures?” IEEE Professional Communication Society (IPCC)/ACM SIGDOC conference on Teamwork and Technology, Cambridge, MA, September 24-27, 2000.
“Issues in Hypertext Publishing.” Eleventh ACM Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia, Invited Panelist with Mark Bernstein, Stuart Moulthrop, and Scott McCloud (keynote speaker), San Antonio, TX, May 30-June 4, 2000.
“Making a Successful Case for a Hypertextual Doctoral Dissertation.” Eleventh ACM Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia, Peer Reviewed Short Paper, San Antonio, TX, May 30-June 4, 2000.
“Adventures in Alternative Hypertext Structuring: Research, Professional, and Classroom Uses,” Eleventh ACM Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia, Poster Session, San Antonio, TX, May 30-June 4, 2000.
“Writing Without Teachers: Radical Pedagogy Meets Cyberculture in the Online Xenaverse.” Computers and Writing 2000, Fort Worth, TX, May 26-28.
“Adventures in Alternative Hypertext Structuring: Research, Professional, and Classroom Uses,” Poster Session, Computers and Writing 2000, Fort Worth, TX, May 26-28.
“The Xenaverse in Cyberspace: How a Web Culture Influenced a Warrior Princess.” 1999 Computers and Writing, Rapid City, SC, May 28-30.
“Toward a Rhetoric of Polemic for Cyberspace: Ethos, Interaction, and Incommensurability on the World Wide Web.” 1998 Conference on College Composition and Communication, Chicago, IL.
“Copia Verborum with a Multiplicity of Voices: Classical Imitation Can Privilege a Variety of Nondominant Discourses.” 1996 Rhetorical Society of America Conference, Tucson, AZ.
Rhetorical Approaches to Synchronous Chat Texts: Snapshots of Evolving Cultures.” 1996 Conference on College Composition and Communication, Milwaukee, WI.
“Town-Gown Conflicts Writ Large: The Rhetoric of the Religious Right Toward Arkansas Governor’s School.” Special Topics Session: Rhetorics of Disciplinary and Professional Authority, Penn State Conference on Rhetoric and Composition, July 1995, University Park, PA.
“The Virtual Locker Room: Gender and Democracy in Classroom Electronic Chat Spaces.” 1995 Conference on College Composition and Communication, Washington, DC.
“Strange Attractors in Illyria: Androgyny in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night,” Restructuring Our World: Second Annual Northwest Arkansas Women’s Festival and Conference, March 1991, Fayetteville, AR.
Lectures & Workshops
“Big Media & Little Bloggers: How Corporate Media Responded to Warblogging Journalists.” Required public lecture presented for the T. Anthony Pollner endowment, Oct. 10, 2005, at the University Center Theater at the University of Montana, Missoula, through the School of Journalism.
“Big Media & Little Bloggers: How Corporate Media Responded to Warblogging Journalists.” Invited speaker for the annual meeting of the Montana AP Broadcasters’ Association meeting, Oct. 8, 2005, in Billings, Montana.
“Weblogs: The Spirit of Paulo Freire in Klogland.” Invited talk for University of Minnesota School of Journalism New Media Research Breakfast, Minneapolis, MN, Sept. 10, 2003. Also met with a group of graduate students working on blog research projects.
“Classroom Sessions on the Anniversary of Sept 11, 2001.” Invited to speak to 4 journalism and public relations classes at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire Dept of Communication and Journalism, Sept. 11, 2003. Topics: experiences covering a major disaster, anthrax scare, and 2 wars in 2 years; modular screen redesigns and onscreen text in cable network news; convergence in text-based, broadcast & interactive media; grassroots journalism in the blog movement.
“The Iraq War, Warblogs, & Mainstream Media,” Invited talk for University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire Dept of Communication and Journalism Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi meeting, Eau Claire, WI, Sept. 9, 2003.
“Designing Television News for a Younger Demographic.” Invited speaker for current events and honors journalism classes at Walker High School, Atlanta, GA, Aug. 24, 2003.
“Webbing Student Collaborative Writing Projects,” Georgia State University Writing Across the Curriculum faculty development workshop, Atlanta, GA, May 20, 2001.
“Innovative Assignments for Laptop and Online Pedagogies.” Presentation given at the inaugural faculty development workshop for the Arts, Architecture, and Humanities pilot laptop program, August 15, 2000.
“PSA Web Proposed Redesign,” formal presentations given to win launch approval for the Clemson PSA Web Site from various constituencies: the director of marketing and vice president for Public Service Activities (May 1999), the PSA Marketing Leadership Group (July 12, 1999), the PSA Directors (August 2, 1999), PSA Web Development Group (January 12, 2000), and the PSA Marketing Retreat (full marketing and publications staff attending) (October 7, 1999).
“Using Computer-Assisted Pedagogies with the CLE,” Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE) Faculty Fellow Presentation to the Teaching and Technology Faculty Institute, July 28, 1999.
“Faculty Experiences Using the CLE to Integrate Technology into the Curriculum.” Invited speaker for a 30-minute faculty development presentation, January 29, 1999.
“Interactivity and Extremism on the Internet: The Making and Courting of Dynamic, High Traffic Online Cultures,” presentation given at the Fall 1998 Pearce Center Corporate Board Meeting, Madren Center, Clemson University.
“Nonlinear Interactivity vs. Linear Media,” invited speaker at the “Capital Region Media Arts Festival and Competition,” Shenendehowa High School, April 1997.
“Chris-B” one of 14 selected participants in a multi-school Ph.D. colloquium, Fall 1994, on “Rhetoric, Community, and Cyberspace” held entirely in the text-based virtual environment of Diversity University MOO. Led by James P. Zappen, Laura J. Gurak, and Stephen Doheny-Farina, who published an article of the same title in Rhetoric Review 15 (1997): 400-19. (rpi.edu/~zappenj/Publications/Texts/rhetoric.html)
“Introduction to Multimedia and Hypermedia,” presentation given at the 1994 session of Arkansas Governor’s School.
“Media Vultures Go Home!” presentation on photojournalism and ethics given at the 1993 session of Arkansas Governor’s School.
Journalism Workshops at VSU: “Photo Enterprising.” Presentation for 96 high school students attending journalism seminars at Valdosta State.
Web & Interface Design
Weston Productions News Site: Emmy and Telly award-winning Alaskan photojournalist and his satellite-uplink TV and documentary filmmaking company. www.serendipit-e.com/weston.
Animated Flash intro and image map for book web site, The Curse of Cain, by J. Mark Powell and L.D. Meagher. Forge Books. 2005. www.thecurseofcain.com.
Memorial Blogs: James Tillotson Whitehead, 1936-2003 (www.serendipit-e.com/whitehead), Gordon W. Barton, 1935-2003 (www.serendipit-e.com/gordie). The first is a community site for students and friends who could not make the memorial service for the noted poet, novelist, and co-founder of the Arkansas Creative Writing MFA program. The second is a family memorial site, a place to grieve and to share memories and photos.
CNN Headline News Seminars Knowledge Log: (2003) K-log built on spec for editorial staff intranet support for a series of writing seminars, script workshops, & discussion on style guides. Approved for full implementation & funding, Sept. 2003, but later discontinued.
“The Other Side” and “OJO”: TIME correspondent Joshua Kucera’s Iraq warblog, “The Other Side,” was written up in The Boston Globe before TIME shut it down, and in The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, MSNBC.com afterward. “OJO,” Argentine journalist Carolina Podesta’s Spanish Iraq warblog was featured on Argentine TV. It later was the subject of a conference and developed into a print book. At the height of the war, both sites were generating 1,000+ unique US and international visitors per day. www.serendipit-e.com/otherside, www.serendipit-e.com/ojo.
“Getting Wet and Wild.” Award-winning creative nonfiction essay converted to hypertext using experimental linking strategies and dialogic features developed on blog content management system with XML/RSS feeds. www.serendipit-e.com/wetwild
Researcher & Writer for 2001 redesign of CNN Headline News with convergent modular TV screen interface. Consulted on broadcast and web visual redesign for 1-yr anniversary of original redesign (Aug 2002). Cyberculture/cult media columnist, “Buzz Factor,” and “Hot Wired.” Headline News web site redesign surpassed 1 million hits/month, 9/02, 1 month after that redesign launched. Before redesign, avg. 1,500 hits a month (not involved in February 2005 redesign for new prime time programs, which has little editorial content, just promotional material, and gets very little traffic).
Public Service Activities at Clemson web portal, launched October 1999, with the PSA Interactive Resources Team. In first year after launch, site generated more hits and unique visitors than the Clemson University Home Page. Formal usability study to begin November 2000 to test interface design theory. Archive of tested site: nutball.com/archive/psaportal. Usability report available in PDF.
Trained & supervised graduate assistant web consultants designing about 20 independent PSA web sites such as South Carolina Botanical Garden, Garrison Arena, 4-H, Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life, and others. Several of these sites also generated more hits and unique visitors than the Clemson University Home Page in 2000. The graduate student responsible for the Garrison Arena site received a community service award from the City of Pendleton for the site’s positive impact on economic development in the area.
Be Heard! community service web site developed by students in laptop sections of English Composition at Clemson University. The site is directed toward low income and homeless people using free services online from public library terminals and freenets. The ongoing project seeks to directly address the widening gulf between technology haves and have-nots. www.nutball.com/beheard (Fall 1999-2000).
Clemson Palace Graphical Chat Environment, public forum and moderated chat space. Developed by Jeffrey Moreland, undergraduate honors student, in Directed Study and while working on assignment for PSA Interactive Research Studio. Papers on the interface design strategy presented at IPCC/SIGDOC 2000.
The Rhetoric of Web Publishing Course Web, graduate seminar at Clemson University, 1999, www.nutball.com/classes/webpub. (Fall 1999).
English 102 Laptop Web, a series of collaborative class webs integrating experimental nonlinear webbed student writing, www.serendipit-e.com/serendipite/2005/02/quickie_index_t.html. (Fall 1998-Spring 2002).
The Ballad of the Internet Nutball, online ethnography & rhetorical analysis was first Web-based hypertext dissertation accepted at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in 1998. Since then the permanent site has received international recognition and is required reading in graduate seminars both within & outside the USA, receiving international trAce award (UK), Dec 2000. Author interviewed in New York Times article on cult TV in 2000. Research was subject of a visual rhetoric study by Mary E. Hocks in June 2003 issue of the Journal of College Composition and Communication.
RSVP Web, Continuing and Distance Education, redesign for marketing and coursework delivery. Site has since undergone several redesigns and the distance-learning program has been renamed. rsvp.rpi.edu (1998).
Cisco Albany-Web, Cisco Systems, secure site for sales, technical support, GE and NY State contract support (1997).
“Going into the Woods.” December 1996. creative hypermedia non-fiction essay in CMC Magazine. www.december.com/cmc/mag/1996/dec/boese/woods.html
Electronic Media, Arts, and Communication program inaugural Site Designer, 1996-97. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Site won Best of RPInfo in 1996. emac.rpi.edu (Site has been redesigned, but original work is archived at http://nutball.com/archive/emacindex.html).
Macromedia Director & Flash
Animated Flash intro and image map for book site, The Curse of Cain, by J. Mark Powell and L.D. Meagher. Forge Books. 2005. www.thecurseofcain.com.
APEX Design, Writing for Electronic Media course CD-ROM, 2000
Lost in Cyberspace, Writing for Electronic Media course CD-ROM, 1996
Juggling, An Interpretive Hyperpoem, Multimedia Résumé, Multimedia and Print Portfolio, CD-ROM 1998.
Performed multiple roles in the 3-night sold-out run of the only production in South Carolina of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues,” for V-Day at Clemson University, Feb 2001.
International Editorial Advisory Board, Intensities, the Journal of Cult Media. University of Wales, Cardiff. Interdisciplinary peer-reviewed e-journal, www.cult-media.com. Spring 2001.
Textbook Review and Testing, EasyWriter, St. Martin’s Press, 2000. Textbook Review and Testing, St. Martin’s Press, 1999.
Reviewer for World Communication Journal, special issue on Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) and Intercultural Processes, 1999.
Coordinator for presentations and showroom demonstrations of the Pilot Laptop Program on “Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Technology, Culture, and Community” for the Kellogg Regional Conference on Higher Education, held at Clemson University Madren Center October 8, 1998.
Web Designer and Member of the Research Team of the Pearce Center for Professional Communication, 1998.
Chair, Completed Master’s Thesis, Clemson University, Kati Beck, May 2002.
Chair, Completed Master’s Project, Clemson University, Julie Campbell, August 2001.
Committee member, completed Master’s Projects & Theses, Clemson University, John Williams, Jodi Fogle, Summer 1999. Aubrae Wagner, Fall 1999. Scott Speights, Spring 2000. Wendy Winn, Birma Gainor, Summer 2000. Jennifer Petroff, Fall 2000. Melissa Tidwell, Katy Goforth, Spring 2001.
Graduate Independent Study courses, Writing for High Bandwidth Multimedia, Dustin Annen, William Worzel, Spring/Summer 1999.
Directed Study Honors Pilot Project, Virtual Reality and Cyberculture: Creating the Clemson Palace, Jeffery Moreland, Fall 1999.
Service on Clemson English Department committees, Composition, Computer, Writing Major, MA in Professional Communication.
Member of Public Service Activities Marketing Leadership Group (1998-2001).
Service on Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE) subcommittee on Online Grading and Testing. Beta-tester for the CLE (1998-99).
Board of Directors, Alliance for Computers and Writing, 1995-96.
Reviewer for Electronic Journal of Communication (EJC/REC) November 1995 special issue on “Networked Virtual Realities (MOOs, MUDs, MUSEs, IRC, etc.) and Communication,” edited by Stephen Doheny-Farina.
Member of the inaugural Editorial Board of Kairos: A Journal for Teachers of Writing in Webbed Environments. Web-based journal published by D’Artagnan Communications Group and the Alliance for Computers and Writing, 1995-96.
“This is your brain on silicon. Any questions?” CNN.com cyberculture column is cited in futurist Ray Kurzweil’s book, “The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology,” Viking Press, Sept. 2006.
“The Ballad of the Internet Nutball” hypertextual doctoral dissertation is cited in Karen Helleckson and Kristina Busse edited book, “Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet: New Essays” McFarland, July 2006.
“The Ballad of the Internet Nutball” doctoral dissertation is one of the subjects of a visual rhetoric study by Mary E. Hocks, “Understanding Visual Rhetoric in Digital Writing Environments,” in the June, 2003 issue of the Journal of College Composition and Communication.
“To Blog or not To Blog” CNN.com HotBox column made DayPop Top 40 (blogtracking index of most linked articles) Sept 24, 2002.
Review of “Virtual Locker Room” chapter of Feminist Cyberscapes: Mapping Gendered Academic Spaces, Journal of College Composition and Communication, by Anne Wysocki, December 2000, p. 304.
trAce Online Writing Community Site of the Month for December 2000.
“Christine Boese is a US professor whose doctoral dissertation The Ballad of the Internet Nutball examines the phenomenon of the “Xenaverse” and fanfiction. Fascinating to Xena fans, scholars and anyone interested in writing on the Net.” trace.ntu.ac.uk/picks.htm
Interviewed with direct quotations used in two full paragraphs in Sunday New York Times “Week in Review,” “A Not-So-Brave New World: Sci-Fi TV Runs Aground,” by J.D. Biersdorfer, February 6, 2000.
“The Ballad of the Internet Nutball” hypertextual doctoral dissertation is required reading for a graduate seminar in Qualitative Research Methods at Northern Arizona University & a graduate seminar in Media Studies at University of Wales, Cardiff.
“The Ballad of the Internet Nutball” hypertextual doctoral dissertation is the number two-ranked Xena link on Yahoo!, the most popular human indexing web portal, 1999.
“The Ballad of the Internet Nutball” hypertextual doctoral dissertation was favorably reviewed in Eastgate Systems “Hypertext Kitchen,”1999.
“The Virtual Locker Room in Classroom Electronic Chat Spaces: The Politics of Men as Other” was required reading for graduate seminar in Computers and Composition at the University of Louisville (multiple years, 1999-early 2000s).
Past & Present
Beta-tester: Google Gmail, TypePad.com, Tribe.net, LinkedIn.com
Google AdSense program
International Communication Association
Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)
Modern Language Association
National Council for Teachers of English (College Composition and Communication)
Associated Writing Programs
Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi
National Press Photographers Association
University Commission on the Status of Women, UWEC 1984, one of two student appointees, when the commission won UW-System approval of the women’s studies minor.
Student Feminist Alliance, president, 1983-84
Alpha Lambda Delta, collegiate honor society
National Honor Society