Doctoral StudentUniversity of South Carolina
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ABOUT

PERSONAL DETAILS
9004 Moray Way, Indian Land, SC
ksboling@gmail.com
704.724.6258

BIO

ABOUT ME

After a wonderful career in the world of integrated marketing communications, I decided to leave corporate America to run my photography business full-time. While enjoying my business and the flexibility of setting my own schedule, I had the opportunity to teach one of my favorite subjects at my undergrad alma mater and immediately fell in love with academia. I'm now beginning a totally new chapter in my life - PhD! I am currently a doctoral student at the University of South Carolina in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication with an anticipated graduation date of 2019.

HOBBIES

INTERESTS

"I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list." - Susan Sontag

Traveling is as essential to my life as breathing. If I don't have a trip on the calendar I'm probably planning one! Favorite destinations include Italy, Paris, and Hawaii, but I also have a large place in my heart reserved for Surfside Beach, SC, and Disney World. When I'm not planning a vacation or traveling you can probably find me reading in a big comfy chair.

FACTS

FACTS ABOUT ME

"I am and always will be the optimist, the hoper of far-flung hopes and the dreamer of improbable dreams." - Matt Smith/Doctor Who

Here are a few random facts that you probably wouldn't know about me unless we shared a cup of tea:

- I'm an avid Harry Potter, Doctor Who and Star Trek fan.

- I got my black belt in Tae Kwon Do at the age of 36.

- I am an adoptive Mom of 2 beautiful girls from Peru.

- I love movies and frequently quote lines from my favorites (my apologies in advance).

- I firmly believe that everything is better with cheese and chocolate.

- I am addicted to Burts Bees Lip Balm.

- I rarely eat meat, but I don't claim the vegetarian label.

- My husband gave me a miter saw for Valentine's Day 3 years ago and it's been the best. gift. ever. A day in the garage with my power tools is almost as good as a massage. Almost.

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CURRICULUM VITAE

EDUCATION
  • Present
    2016
    COLUMBIA, SC

    MASS COMMUNICATIONS - PHD (ANTICIPATED GRADUATION IN 2019)

    UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

    Certificate in Women & Gender Studies

    Research interests: podcasting, visual communication, impact of media on women and gender, media audiences

  • 2007
    2001
    COLUMBIA, SC

    MASTER OF MASS COMMUNICATION

    UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

    MMC in Integrated Marketing Communications
  • 1999
    1995
    ROCK HILL, SC

    BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

    WINTHROP UNIVERSITY

    BS in Business and Marketing with elective classes in journalism
ACADEMIC POSITIONS
  • Present
    2016
    COLUMBIA, SC

    GRADUATE ASSISTANT

    UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

    Graduate research assistant for multiple professors throughout the department
  • Present
    2017
    COLUMBIA, SC

    INSTRUCTOR

    UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

    Fall 2017 Instructor for JOUR 436, Public Relations Writing
  • 2014
    2012
    ROCK HILL, SC

    ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR

    WINTHROP UNIVERSITY

    Adjunct instructor for Spring 2012, Spring 2013, and Spring 2014, teaching Advertising Principles (MCOM 341), a sophomore level class focusing on introductory advertising concepts.
PROFESSIONAL MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS EXPERIENCE
  • 2016
    2005
    INDIAN LAND, SC

    OWNER/PHOTOGRAPHER

    RED K PHOTOGRAPHY

    Launched and operated a profitable photography business specializing in corporate events and weddings.
  • 2012
    2009
    CHARLOTTE, NC

    MARKETING MANAGER

    RED VENTURES

    Managed marketing efforts that drove inbound phone calls into the sales center and generated a positive ROI.

    Managed a team of five creative professionals designing websites, writing copy and executing online campaigns.

  • 2009
    2004
    CHARLOTTE, NC

    MARKETING MANAGER, BRAND & MEMBERSHIP

    AAA CAROLINAS

    Managed all marketing efforts related to general brand awareness, membership acquisition and retention for the 1.7-million-member organization.

    Coordinated and tracked direct mail efforts of over nine million pieces of mail each year to result in over 282,000 new members annually.

    Developed and maintained yearly budget for membership growth across all acquisition and retention channels.

    Conducted market research and performed demographic analyses of current and potential customers.

  • 2004
    1999
    ROCK HILL, SC

    MARKETING DIRECTOR

    FAMILY TRUST FEDERAL CREDIT UNION

    Lead and managed the marketing, advertising, and promotion of the $145 million asset credit union including: coordinating advertising efforts with local media, conducting marketing research, and managing the credit union’s image in the five branch lobbies.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & MEMBERSHIPS
  • 2014
    2014
    ONLINE

    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

    MOOCs

    University Teaching 101 from John’s Hopkins University (Coursera – April 2014)

    Verified Certificate Number R69M4882WY

    How to Change the World from Wesleyan University (Coursera – March 2014)

    Verified Certificate Number 93JSZYTRNX

  • Present
    2016
    COLUMBIA, SC

    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

    PREPARING FUTURE FACULTY PROGRAM

    A program designed to prepare graduate students for life as a faculty member with required activities focusing on research, service, and teaching.
  • Present
    2016
    ONLINE

    MEMBERSHIPS

    ACADEMIC ORGANIZATIONS

    Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)

    Broadcast Education Association (BEA)

INVITED LECTURES & GUEST SPEAKER
  • 2017
    2017
    COLUMBIA, SC

    PODCASTING CONVERSATION

    UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

    Podcasting Panel Discussion (JOUR 499)
  • 2016
    2016
    COLUMBIA, SC

    ADOBE INDESIGN REVIEW

    UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

    Graphics for Visual Communication (JOUR 346)
  • 2011
    2011
    ROCK HILL, SC

    CAMPAIGN METRICS

    WINTHROP UNIVERSITY

    Integrated Campaigns (MCOM 456)
SERVICE & AWARDS
  • Present
    2016
    COLUMBIA, SC

    GRADUATE SCHOOL FELLOWSHIP

    UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

    $26,000 per year, funded for 3 years
  • 2017
    2017
    COLUMBIA, SC

    THE GRADUATE SCHOOL AT USC CONFERENCE TRAVEL GRANT AWARD

    UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

    $500 to travel for a conference presentation
  • Present
    2017
    Chicago, IL

    Task Force on Graduate Education

    AEJMC

    A one-year task force designed to determine how to best position AEJMC to serve graduate education.
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PUBLICATIONS

PUBLICATIONS LIST
18 Jul 2017

Enjoying Crime: Examining Disposition Theory in the True Crime Audience

UNDER REVIEW

Currently under review at the Journal of Media Psychology (submitted July 2017).

Journals Kelli S. Boling

Enjoying Crime: Examining Disposition Theory in the True Crime Audience

Kelli S. Boling
Journals
01 Aug 2017

Really Social Disaster: An examination of photo sharing on Twitter during the #SCFlood

WORK-IN-PROGRESS

Accepted for publication in Visual Communication Quarterly based on abstract.

Journals Tara Mortensen, Kevin Hull & Kelli S. Boling

Really Social Disaster: An examination of photo sharing on Twitter during the #SCFlood

Tara Mortensen, Kevin Hull & Kelli S. Boling
Journals
26 May 2017

Undisclosed Information – Serial is My Favorite Murder: Examining motivations in the true crime podcast audience

UNDER REVIEW

Under review at the Journal of Radio and Audio Media (submitted May 2017)

Journals Kelli S. Boling & Kevin Hull

Undisclosed Information – Serial is My Favorite Murder: Examining motivations in the true crime podcast audience

Kelli S. Boling & Kevin Hull
Journals
About The Publication

This study explores the true crime podcast audience within the uses and gratifications theoretical frame. Using an online survey (n = 308), this study found that the true crime podcast audience is predominantly female (73%), and five motivations were prominent for users: entertainment, convenience, boredom, voyeurism, and relaxation. All significant motivating factors were found to be more salient for females than for males. Practical and theoretical implications for genre-specific media are discussed.

01 Jun 2017

True Crime Podcasting: Journalism, Justice, or Entertainment?

UNDER REVIEW

Under review at New Media & Society (submitted June 2017)

Journals Kelli S. Boling

True Crime Podcasting: Journalism, Justice, or Entertainment?

Kelli S. Boling
Journals
About The Publication

This study examines true crime podcast production with a critical/cultural lens to explore how podcasts are impacting this genre, public opinion, and the criminal justice system. Discussing advocacy and objectivity through four in-depth qualitative interviews with true crime podcast producers offers insight into both the political economy of podcasts and effective audience engagement. Ultimately, this study argues that true crime podcasts are already impacting the criminal justice system in remarkable fashion and that the future of this emerging media could challenge both criminal justice and media reform. Practical and theoretical implications for genre-specific media are also discussed.

23 Apr 2017

TRUE CRIME PODCASTING: JOURNALISM, JUSTICE, OR ENTERTAINMENT?

2017 BEA CONFERENCE

Paper presented at the annual conference for the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) in Las Vegas, NV.

Conferences Kelli S. Boling

TRUE CRIME PODCASTING: JOURNALISM, JUSTICE, OR ENTERTAINMENT?

Kelli S. Boling
Conferences
About The Publication

This study examines true crime podcast production with a critical/cultural lens to explore how podcasts are impacting this genre, public opinion, and the criminal justice system. Discussing advocacy and objectivity through four in-depth qualitative interviews with true crime podcast producers offers insight into both the political economy of podcasts and effective audience engagement. Ultimately, this study argues that true crime podcasts are already impacting the criminal justice system in remarkable fashion and that the future of this emerging media could challenge both criminal justice and media reform. Practical and theoretical implications for genre-specific media are also discussed.

21 Apr 2017

UNDERSTANDING THE TRUE CRIME PODCAST AUDIENCE: AN EXPLORATION OF USES AND GRATIFICATIONS

2017 DISCOVER USC

Paper presented at the 2017 Discover USC day which showcases both graduate and undergraduate research at the University of South Carolina.

Conferences Kelli S. Boling

UNDERSTANDING THE TRUE CRIME PODCAST AUDIENCE: AN EXPLORATION OF USES AND GRATIFICATIONS

Kelli S. Boling
Conferences
09 Aug 2017

UNDISCLOSED INFORMATION – SERIAL IS MY FAVORITE MURDER: EXAMINING MOTIVATIONS IN THE TRUE CRIME PODCAST AUDIENCE

2017 AEJMC CONFERENCE

Paper accepted for presentation at the annual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference in Chicago, IL.

Conferences Kelli S. Boling

UNDISCLOSED INFORMATION – SERIAL IS MY FAVORITE MURDER: EXAMINING MOTIVATIONS IN THE TRUE CRIME PODCAST AUDIENCE

Kelli S. Boling
Conferences
About The Publication

This study explores the true crime podcast audience within the uses and gratifications theoretical frame. Using an online survey (n = 308), this study found that the true crime podcast audience is predominantly female (73%), and five motivations were prominent for users: entertainment, convenience, boredom, voyeurism, and relaxation. All significant motivating factors were found to be more salient for females than for males. Practical and theoretical implications for genre-specific media are discussed.

11 Aug 2017

“HANDS UP, DON’T SHOOT”: MEDIA PORTRAYALS OF RACE AND RESPONSIBILITY FRAMING IN POLICE SHOOTINGS

2017 AEJMC CONFERENCE - 2ND PLACE WINNER MINORITIES AND COMMUNCATION DIVISION

Paper accepted for presentation at the annual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference in Chicago, IL

Conferences Denetra Walker & Kelli S. Boling

“HANDS UP, DON’T SHOOT”: MEDIA PORTRAYALS OF RACE AND RESPONSIBILITY FRAMING IN POLICE SHOOTINGS

Denetra Walker & Kelli S. Boling
Conferences
About The Publication

This study examines race and responsibility framing in newspaper articles on police shootings. By performing a content analysis of nine newspapers (N = 442), this study found that newspapers were more likely to blame society as being responsible for the issue of police shootings. Findings also indicate that there are differences in the attributes used when covering police shootings as well as differences in the mention of race among conservative, liberal and African American papers.

01 Jul 2017

“I WAS VERY INTOXICATED”: AN EXAMINATION OF THE IMAGE-REPAIR DISCOURSE OF RYAN LOCHTE FOLLOWING THE 2016 OLYMPICS

UNDER REVIEW

Under review as a book chapter in "You Make the Call: Case Studies in Sport Communication."

Book Chapters Kevin Hull & Kelli S. Boling

“I WAS VERY INTOXICATED”: AN EXAMINATION OF THE IMAGE-REPAIR DISCOURSE OF RYAN LOCHTE FOLLOWING THE 2016 OLYMPICS

Kevin Hull & Kelli S. Boling
Book Chapters
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RESEARCH

RECENT RESEARCH

BEA 2017 CONFERNECE

DIGITAL POSTER

2017 DISCOVER USC

POSTER PRESENTATION

2017 AEJMC CONFERENCE

2ND PLACE WINNER

CURRENT PROJECTS

PARASOCIAL INTERACTION

EXAMINING PARASOCIAL INTERACTION ON A POPULAR PODCAST

Looking at a popular podcast from 2017, we will be examining the phenomenon of parasocial interaction as it relates to podcasting. Is it possible that someone producing a documentary or podcast about a celebrity can develop a one-sided friendship?

Moral-Sanction Theory of Delight and Repugnance

Exploring real-life impact of podcasting

Using survey data combined with real-life statistics, I will be exploring how a podcast audience believes they are impacting the criminal justice system and the intersection of morals and media enjoyment.

Women in American Politics

COMING SOON!

As part of my work in women and gender studies, I will be examining specific women in American politics and how media coverage has influenced their careers.

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TEACHING

teaching philosophy

Curiosity is a funny thing. Nobody can make us curious. People or topics might peak our curiosity, but the actual act of being curious is an independent quest. My curiosity has taken me to amazing, wonderful and sometimes terrifying places. It has also lead me to academia and the adventure of creating a classroom environment where curious minds excel.

Lahaina, Maui: 20° 52′ 21.1368” N 156° 40′ 43.6044” W

I’m in Hawaii, resting under a shade tree in a park, reading a book, watching boats sail in the distance and listening to waves reach the shore. The view is incredible, the book is entertaining, and the curiosity of life change takes root. Every college student is experiencing this same type of curiosity. Students don’t pursue a college degree to maintain the status quo. They are seeking growth and change. It’s easy to lose this level of curiosity in assignments and classwork, but as an instructor, I want my students to enjoy the act of learning and crave new information. By assigning exercises that are linked to real world concepts, students can see the application of classroom topics and remain curious about life after graduation. By helping students discover their own knowledge gaps with in-class quizzes and polls, I can peak their subject-level curiosity and desire to learn. We all have a beautiful blue Hawaiian wave working to reach the shore. We just need to be alert and expectant.

Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne: 48° 50′ 55.968” N 2° 20′ 30.7716” E

Until I experienced other cultures I didn’t fully understand my own. Learning to speak another language, enjoy foods I couldn’t pronounce, and navigate a map written in French while speeding through the countryside helped me to see the world from a different perspective. Students arrive at college with their own unique history, culture and goals. Genuine curiosity can’t begin until students are taken out of their comfort zone and put in a situation they have never experienced. Confidence, critical thinking and teamwork across cultures can be found when students work together on a common task. Group work both inside and outside of the classroom helps students to not only learn the subject, but also how other people interpret the concepts. Seeing the world through the eyes of someone else is the most interesting way to maintain curiosity about a familiar topic. By assigning cross-cultural groups, I want students to see beyond the application for their life and into the lives of others.

Johnson 101 at Winthrop University: 34° 56′ 11.0076” N 81° 1′ 52.0608” W

The best way to learn something is to do it. When I decided to dip my toes in the waters of academia I did so as an adjunct instructor at my undergraduate alma mater. I found myself at the front of a classroom where I had once sat, terrified but excited. After my first semester as an instructor I realized that I was destined for a career change. The energy in the classroom was contagious and I found myself looking forward to Tuesdays and Thursdays. That energy and excitement is how I want my students to feel when they enter my classroom. I want to go on a semester-long adventure together where we’ll discover distant shores and share unique experiences. This quest for curiosity and adventure is the first step in generating emotional contagion in the classroom and a thirst for knowledge after the semester is complete.

The field of mass communications changes every day. To be successful, students can’t just learn how to write a story or produce an advertisement, they must learn how to be curious about the subject and cover it in a way that generates curiosity in others. I remember the exact location of places where my curiosity was peaked and challenged, and my goal is to make my classroom a place of intrigue and adventure for my students.

CURRENT TEACHING
  • FALL
    2017
    COLUMBIA, SC

    Instructor

    University of South Carolina

    JOUR 436 - Public Relations Writing
TEACHING HISTORY
  • SPRING
    2014
    ROCK HILL, SC

    ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR

    WINTHROP UNIVERSITY

    Instructor for Advertising Principles (MCOM 341), a sophomore-level class focusing on introductory advertising concepts.
  • SPRING
    2013
    ROCK HILL, SC

    ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR

    WINTHROP UNIVERSITY

    Instructor for Advertising Principles (MCOM 341), a sophomore-level class focusing on introductory advertising concepts.
  • SPRING
    2012
    ROCK HILL, SC

    ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR

    WINTHROP UNIVERSITY

    Instructor for Advertising Principles (MCOM 341), a sophomore-level class focusing on introductory advertising concepts.
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PROFESSIONAL WORK

MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS EXPERIENCE
PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTOGRAPHY

About The Project

Photography was a passion-turned-profession for me. As a marketing manager, I often needed photos for advertising campaigns and publications. Naturally, the I was asked to either be the photographer or find the photo using as little money as possible. I found myself getting just as excited about that portion of the job as I was about tracking the campaign results, so I bought my first DSLR. Most of my personal photography is of destinations where we’ve traveled, and most of my professional photography work is of corporate events and weddings.

Corporate Events
As a corporate event photographer I always loved it when the meeting planners would ask for detail shots. The food, the food! Caterers are artists and I loved capturing their stunning edible displays.

Weddings
Apart from the physical demands, I always said that being a wedding photographer was the easiest job I’d ever had because smiles come naturally on a wedding day. Interactions aren’t staged, emotions are real, and love is tangible. Capturing a wedding was a responsibility I took very seriously, and I’m still honored that my clients entrusted me with such important memories.

Integrated Campaign

INTEGRATED CAMPAIGN

INTEGRATED CAMPAIGN

About The Project

As Brand & Membership Marketing Manager at AAA Carolinas, I managed and executed the launch of the first truly integrated campaign, evaluating response measures and metrics across multiple business lines and markets. The campaign included web, TV, radio, billboards, and direct mail.

Design

DESIGN

DESIGN

About The Project

I designed and printed a 10-page magazine for potential wedding photography clients to showcase my services.

Writing

WRITING

WRITING

About The Project

As a photographer I maintained a blog that I would update between 50 – 100 times per year (the photos on this page are from a summer Instagram blog post). In addition to academic writing, I enjoy writing short stories and anecdotes in a conversational and friendly tone. Below are excerpts from a blog post and an academic paper on curiosity in the classroom:

Academic paper excerpt on curiosity in the classroom:

The truth is, I didn’t even know the cat existed. But suddenly, and with total abandon, he appeared. Literally, right in my face. Killing him was unintentional, even though I’m a self-proclaimed “dog person,” but it was necessary. There was only room for one of us on that boat and it had to be me. I had been planning this escape for months and a random feline couldn’t be allowed to interfere.

Right now you’re probably wondering one of three things: (1) did a cat really die, (2) why does the writer need to escape, or (3) this paper seems to be missing the pedagogical backbone I was expecting. You may have also immediately pictured a cat that you know and love (or hate), or imagined a situation that might require escape. No matter which direction your mind went, it was fueled by curiosity.

Blog excerpt from a post about my favorite podcasts:

If someone had told me in 2000 that in 2015 my favorite shows would be on PBS and NPR I would’ve laughed in their face. But life is a crazy ride and sometimes you find yourself falling hard for things you never thought possible.  For example, later today I will sit down with my ipad and log into a website that allows me not only to see American public broadcasting, but also British ITV so that I can stream public broadcasting from across the pond.  I’m also saving some of my favorite podcasts to listen to while on a drive to Greenville later this week and I’m so excited about that drive I could just bust.  I believe that NPR and PBS have gotten cooler as I’ve gotten older, because obviously I can’t possibly be any less hip. Obviously.

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SKILLS

BUSINESS SKIILLS
PHOTOGRAPHY > Proficient in shooting both film and digital cameras, managing off-camera lighting, studio lighting, and advanced editing techniques using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.
LEVEL : INTERMEDIATE EXPERIENCE : 11 YEARS
Nikon Film photgraphy Digital photography Off-camera lighting Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom
PRINT MEDIA PRODUCTION > Proficient in printer negotiations and media production, experienced in direct mail campaign design, execution, and measurement.
LEVEL : ADVANCED EXPERIENCE : 10 YEARS
Print media production direct mail campaign execution
SMALL BUSINESS OWNER > Owned and operated my corporate photography business for 11 years. Managed all invoicing, sales, taxes, payroll, marketing, and production efforts.
LEVEL : INTERMEDIATE EXPERIENCE : 11 YEARS
Sales Internet Marketing Blogging/Web Management
COMPUTER SKILLS
Web design > As a marketing manager and small business owner I have created and/or managed websites using programs like Adobe Dreamweaver or apps like WordPress. I've also worked with talented web designers to produce my own websites or those for my employer. While I am not proficient in coding, I can understand most code, and I understand what makes a website perform well in search engines. I built this site using a WordPress template.
LEVEL : INTERMEDIATE EXPERIENCE : 18 YEARS
WordPress Internet marketing Blogging
SQL > I can read and edit SQL queries easily and create simple queries.
LEVEL : BEGINNER EXPERIENCE : 3 YEARS
SQL
Design & Editing > I am proficient with Adobe Lightroom, Bridge, Photoshop, and InDesign. For the first 8 years of my career I was a graphic designer using QuarkXpress.
LEVEL : INTERMEDIATE EXPERIENCE : 18 YEARS
Adobe Lightroom Photoshop InDesign
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