Nancy Baym


Nancy Baym
Nancy Baym infront of a slide discussing LastFM
Nancy Baym at the AoIR Conference in Copenhagen in October 2008

Nancy Baym, Ph.D. is an American academic, currently a Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas.[1][2] She was a member of the founding board and former president of the Association of Internet Researchers, and serves on the board of several academic journals covering new media and communication.[3] She has published research and provided media commentary on the topics of social communication, new media, and fandom.

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Personal Life

Nancy Baym is a passionate individual when it comes to her hobbies and interests.Nancy is avid photographer who posts some of her work on her flickr account. She has great enthusiasm about unique music, such as Scandanavian and other alternative bands. She shares her most memorable music moments on a comic strip Baym also expresses herself through her own blog called “Online Fandom: New Perspectives on Fan Communication and Online Social Life”. In this blog she comments on new and upcoming social issues that the internet has created within our society. Baym also uses other types of Internet social networking. She has accounts with Tumblr, Google+, Facebook, and Twitter. She uses these for social and other reasons. Some of her tweets are about the subjects of her research, upcoming events, and she even asks the public for advice on picking course materials. [4] [5]

Education

  • 1994, Ph.D., Speech Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.[6]
  • 1988, A.M., Speech Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.[7]
  • 1986, B.A., Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison.[8]

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

  • 2002-present, Professor, Department of Communication Studies, University of Kansas.[9]
  • 1999-2002, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies, University of Kansas.[10]
  • 1994-1999, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Wayne State University.[11]
  • 1992-1994,Visiting Teaching Associate in Speech Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.[12]
  • 1986-1992, Teaching Assistant in Speech Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign.[13]

Publications

Baym has been a contributor in 28 articles since 1993, and 3 books and has another in the works. The first of which was published in 2000, called “Tune in, log on: Soaps, Fandom, and the online Community”,”. The next book Baym released was “The interpersonal Internet”, which was published in 2003. Her most recent book is “Personal Connections in the Digital Age”, which was published in 2010. She has also contributed to many articles appearing in magazines such as New York University Press, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Electronic Journal of Communication, Internet Research Annual, and the Journal of Computer-Mediated communication. [14]

Her book Tune In, Log On: Soaps, Fandom, and Online Community (2000), Baym argues that soap opera fans form "a dynamic community of people with unique voices, distinctive traditions, and enjoyable relationships."[15] In addition, the book “Is an ethnographic study of internet soap opera fan group. Bridging the fields of computer mediated communication and audience studies, the book shows how verbal and nonverbal communicative practices create collaborative interpretations and criticism, group humor, interpersonal relationships, group norms, and individual identity.” [16] This book made her one of the first major researchers to study and report on the characteristics of online communities. [17]

Nancy's book, Personal Connections in the Digital Age, published in 2010, is about thinking critically about the roles of digital media in personal relationships, it offers data-grounded information on how to makes sense of these changes in relational life. The books explores how we used mediated language and nonverbal behavior to develop and maintain communicates, social networks, new relationships, and to maintain everyday relationships. It provides a firmer understanding of digital media and everyday life. [18] In her book, she defines seven concepts "that can be used to differentiate digital media and which influence how people use them and with what effects." These concepts are interactivity, temporal structure, social cues, storage, replicability, reach and mobility. Ultimately, "the author states at the end that the book was written for those who see communication technologies as new and different, those who take them for granted and those who will be thinking through technologies not yet invented," claimed Stuart James Fitz-Gerald in his review of the book.[19]


In addition, she is in the process of writing a second book called Beautiful and Strange: The Relationship Between Artists and Audience that studies the communication and relationship between the artists and their fans. There is not yet a date set for its release. [20]

She also maintains a weblog dedicated to coverage of "news and perspectives on fan communication" and often contributes to an online social media research blog. [21]

Awards

Nancy Baym has received multiple awards since her college days in the early 1990’s. During her years at The University of Illinois, she received three prestigious awards.

  • Marie Hochmuth Nichols Award 1991
    • “The Nichols Award recognizes the department’s most outstanding veteran teaching assistant. The award is given on the basis of the total record of a student’s teaching in the department.” [22]
  • Karl R. Wallace Award 1993
    • “The Wallace Award recognizes distinguished scholarship by a graduate student.” [23]
  • Ruth S. and Charles H. Bowman Award 1994
    • “The Bowman Award is conferred upon the department’s most outstanding graduate student, based on the student’s total record of scholarship, teaching, and service.” [24]

In addition, Nancy has received awards from the University of Kansas where she is a professor of communications.

  • Center for Teaching Excellence Award (2004) [25]
  • $5,000 Kemper Awards for excellent teaching (2005)[26]

Bibliography

References

  1. ^ http://www2.ku.edu/~coms/faculty/baym.shtml
  2. ^ http://people.ku.edu/~nbaym/
  3. ^ http://www.sagepub.com/editorDetails.nav?contribId=530998
  4. ^ http://www.onlinefandom.com/
  5. ^ http://people.ku.edu/~nbaym/
  6. ^ http://www2.ku.edu/~coms/faculty/cv/BaymCV.pdf
  7. ^ http://www2.ku.edu/~coms/faculty/cv/BaymCV.pdf
  8. ^ http://www2.ku.edu/~coms/faculty/cv/BaymCV.pdf
  9. ^ http://www2.ku.edu/~coms/faculty/cv/BaymCV.pdf
  10. ^ http://www2.ku.edu/~coms/faculty/cv/BaymCV.pdf
  11. ^ http://www2.ku.edu/~coms/faculty/cv/BaymCV.pdf
  12. ^ http://www2.ku.edu/~coms/faculty/cv/BaymCV.pdf
  13. ^ http://www2.ku.edu/~coms/faculty/cv/BaymCV.pdf
  14. ^ http://www2.ku.edu/~coms/research/index.shtml#baym
  15. ^ http://reviews.media-culture.org.au/words/rats-c.html
  16. ^ Baym, Nancy K. Tune In, Log On: Soaps, Fandom, and Online Community. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2000. Print.
  17. ^ http://www.convergenceculture.org/weblog/2008/03/new_consulting_researchers_and.php
  18. ^ http://www.polity.co.uk/book.asp?ref=9780745643311
  19. ^ Stuart James Fitz-Gerald. International Journal of Information Management Volume 31, Issue 2, April 2011, Pages 189-190
  20. ^ http://www.convergenceculture.org/weblog/2008/03/new_consulting_researchers_and.php
  21. ^ http://socialmediacollective.org/2011/09/27/introducing-facebook-nation/
  22. ^ http://www.communication.illinois.edu/current/grad/awards/
  23. ^ http://www.communication.illinois.edu/current/grad/awards/
  24. ^ http://www.communication.illinois.edu/current/grad/awards/
  25. ^ http://www2.ku.edu/~coms/awards/
  26. ^ http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2005/aug/20/more_kemper_awards_handed_out_ku/

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