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Kris M. Markman

Kris M. Markman
Assistant Professor
Program Coordinator, Online BA in Communication

Degrees Held

Ph.D. Communication Studies, 2006, The University of Texas at Austin
M.A. Media Communications Management, 1996, Webster University
B.A. Media Communications, 1993, Webster University

Academic Summary

Kris Markman has a professional background in public radio and teaches courses in new media, online communication and broadcasting/media studies. Her research examines how people use the internet and other new communication technologies in their everyday lives. She is particularly interested in issues related to technology and identity & anonymity, language & social interaction and online groups/communities. She is also interested in the relationship between the internet and popular culture and new forms of media production and distribution. Current research projects include a study of turn organization in instant messaging conversations, anonymity and conflict in an online community, and a study of independent podcasters.

Recent Courses

Communication on the Internet (formerly Computer-Mediated Communication)
Media 2.0: Production & Distribution in the Internet Age
Seminar in Rhetoric/Comm: Cyberethics
Graduate Seminar: Internet Research Methods
Graduate Seminar: Technology in Organizations

Recent Publications

Markman, K. M. & Overholt, J. (2011). Becoming “the right people”: Fan-generated knowledge building. In R. G. Weiner & S. E. Barba (Eds.), In the Peanut Gallery with Mystery Science Theater 3000: Essays on Film, Fandom, Technology and the Culture of Riffing (pp. 66-75). Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co.

Markman, K.M. (2010). A close look at online collaboration: Conversational structure in chat and its implications for group work. In L. Shedletsky and J. E. Aitken (Eds.) Cases on Online Discussion and Interaction: Experiences and Outcomes (pp. 212-233). Hershey, PA: IGI-Global.

Markman, K.M. (2010). Learning to work virtually: Conversational repair as a resource for norm development in computer-mediated team meetings. In J. Park and E. Abels (Eds.) Interpersonal Relations and Social Patterns in Communication Technologies: Discourse Norms, Language Structures and Cultural Variables (pp. 220-236). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Markman, K.M. (2009). "So what shall we talk about": Openings and closings in chat-based virtual meetings. Journal of Business Communication, 46,150-170.

Professional Activity

National Communication Association-Human Communication & Technology Division: Division Co-Chair, 2009-2010; Co-Vice Chair for Programming, 2008-2009; Co-Vice Chair for Publications, 2007-2008; Co-Vice Chair for Membership, 2006-2007
Station Manager, KOCV-FM, Odessa, TX, 1996-1999
Assistant General Manager, KSLH-FM, St. Louis, MO, 1994-1996
Program Director, KSLH-FM, St. Louis, MO, 1992-1993

Awards and Honors

University of Memphis Faculty Research Grant, 2008-2009
University Continuing Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin, 2004-2005
Oxford Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Program, Oxford University, 2003
Research Internship Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin, 2001-2002
Elsie R. Voss Graduate Assistantship , Webster University, 1995

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