Dr. John M Spartz

Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
English and Philosophy Department
College of Arts, Communications, Humanities and Social Sciences

Office: 340H Harvey Hall
Phone: 715-232-5369
Email: spartzj@uwstout.edu

Education

    • Ph D English Language & Linguistics | Secondary Emphasis in Professional & Technical Writing
      Purdue University
      West Lafayette, IN, United States, 2008
    • MA English Studies and Linguistics
      University of Minnesota-Duluth
      Duluth, MN, United States, 2004
    • BS English Teaching (writing option)
      Winona State University
      Winona, MN, United States, 1997

Work Experience

    Academic - Post-Secondary

      • University of Wisconsin-Stout, Department of English and Philosophy
        Assistant Professor
        August 2014 -
      • University of Wisconsin-Parkside, English Department
        Assistant Professor
        August 2011 - 2014
      • University of Minnesota-Duluth, Department of Writing Studies
        Visiting Assistant Professor
        August 2009 - 2011
      • Purdue University, Department of English
        Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow
        2008 - 2009
      • Purdue University, Departments of English, Linguistics, & Purdue Village ESOL School
        Graduate Instructor and Teaching Assistant
        2004 - 2008
      • University of Minnesota Duluth, Department of Composition
        Teaching Assistant
        2002 - 2004

    Academic - P-12

      • Minnesota Independent School District #181 - Brainerd Senior High School
        High School English Teacher
        1997 - 2002

Intellectual Contributions

    Journal Article

    • Soderlund, L., Spartz, J. M., & Weber, R. P. (Accepted). Taken under advisement: Perspectives on advisory boards from across technical communication. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication.
    • Spartz, J. M., & Watts, J. (2016). Towards a Participatory Action Research Model for Extending Programmatic Assessment with Industry Advisory Boards. . In [Special Issue] Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch & Victoria Sadler (Ed.). Programmatic Perspectives.
    • Spartz, J. M., & Weber, R. P. (2015). Writing entrepreneurs: A survey of genres, skills, needs, and values. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 29(4), 428-455.
    • Spartz, J. M., & Weber, R. P. (2014). Engaging entrepreneurship in technical communication using client and service-learning projects. Programmatic Perspectives, 6(1).
    • Conard-Salvo, T., & Spartz, J. M. (2013). Listening to revise: What a study about text-to-speech software taught us about students’ expectations for technology use in the writing center. Writing Center Journal (WCJ), 32(2), 40-59.
    • Spartz, J. M. (2010). Rhetorical savvy as social skill: Modeling entrepreneur identity construction within educational content management systems. The Writing Instructor (TWI)—Special Issue: Disruptions of/in Professional Writing.

    Conference Proceeding

    • Spartz, J. M., & Weber, R. P. (2016). User Experience as a Driver of Entrepreneurial Innovation. IEEE ProComm 2016: Communicating Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Austin, Texas: IEEE .
    • Spartz, J. M., & Cramer, J. (2009). A sign of the times: A glimpse at semiotics in the academy. IN Prewitt, T., & Deely, J. (Eds.), Semiotics 2006: Proceedings of the 2006 Semiotic Society of America Annual Meeting, Ottawa: Legas Press.
    • Spartz, J. M. (2008). Can prosodic cues accurately identify constituent boundaries with crossdialectal homophones?: With as a particle in the Minnesota English dialect. IN Tummons, E., & Lux, S. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2007 Mid-America Linguistics Conference, Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics (KWPL), 30, 329-342.
    • Spartz, J. M. (2007). Acronym understanding and disambiguation: Arguments for an ontological semantic approach to NLP. Proceedings of the Fourth Midwest Computational Linguistics Colloquium (MCLC-4), West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University.
    • Spartz, J. M. (2007). Matched guise in the composition classroom: Assessing student attitude toward lexical selection. Proceedings of the 5th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii.
    • Spartz, J. M., Malaia, E., & Falk, C. (2005). Methodology and tools for ontological semantic acquisition. Proceedings of the Second Midwest Computational Linguistics Colloquium (MCLC-2), Columbus, Ohio: Ohio State University.
    • Spartz, J. M. (2004). Web development: A missing link in business communication textbooks?. Proceedings of the Conference of the Association for Business Communication.
    • Riley, K., Spartz, J. M., & Mackiewicz, J. (2004). Writing readable consent forms: How useful is the advice given by IRBs?. IPCC 2004: Communication Frontiers (Proceedings of the 2004 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference), 1-13, Piscataway, NJ: IEEE.

    Book, Chapter

    • Spartz, J. M., & Weber, R. P. (2015). A technical communication venture in building academic-entrepreneur relations and partnerships. In Kirk St. Amant & Tracy Bridgeford (Ed.). , Amityville, NY: Baywood Publishing.

    Book Review

    • Spartz, J. M. (2007). Review of Mastering ESL and bilingual methods: Differentiated instruction for culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students by Socorro G. Herrera and Kevin G. Murry. TESOL Quarterly, 41(1), 835-838.
    • Spartz, J. M. (2005). Review of Teaching and learning grammar: The prototype construction approach by Myra Linden and Arthur Whimbey. Teaching English in the Two-Year College, 31(1), 82-86, Urbana, IL: NCTE.

Presentations

    Paper

    • Spartz, J. M., & Weber, R. P. (October 5, 2016). User experience as a driver of entrepreneurial innovation. IEEE ProComm 2016: Communicating Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Austin, TX.
    • Spartz, J. M. (April, 2016). Inculcating entrepreneurial skills and mindsets via UX partnerships. Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC): Writing Strategies for Action, Houston, TX.
    • Spartz, J. M. (October, 2015). Beyond programmatic assessment: Industry advisory boards as action research sites. CPTSC 2015: Programmatic Perspectives: Research, Approaches, and Applications, Logan, UT.
    • Spartz, J. M. (September, 2014). Industry advisory boards in action: The case of UW-Stout’s technical and professional communication program. CPTSC 2014: Contexts and Connections – Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication, Colorado Springs, CO, United States.
    • Spartz, J. M. (October, 2013). Professional editing online: Paving the way for the flex option. Faculty Developer Online Showcase,
    • Spartz, J. M. (January, 2013). Syntactically-motivated adjectivization: A synchronic, corpus-based analysis of grammaticalization in American English. American Association for Corpus Linguistics (AACL) 2013, San Diego, CA, United States.
    • Spartz, J. M. (October, 2011). Technical communication at the hub: Building cross-institutional and industry relationships. CPTSC 2011: Academy-Industry Relationships and Partnerships – Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication, Harrisonburg, VA, United States.
    • Spartz, J. M., & Weber, R. P. (April, 2011). Writing businesses from the ground up. ATTW 2011: Networks of Technical Communication - Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, Atlanta, GA, United States.
    • Spartz, J. M. (April, 2010). Ethos, ethics, and entrepreneurship: Professional writing and rhetoric in a cross-disciplinary venture. Word Association Colloquium Series, Duluth, MN, United States.
    • Spartz, J. M. (January, 2010). (Re)visiting the with of come with in the Upper Midwest Dialect: Towards an extension of cross-dialectal, variationist methodologies. 2010 American Dialect Society (ADS) Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, United States.
    • Spartz, J. M. (October, 2009). (Re)visiting the with of come with in the Upper Midwest Dialect: Towards an extension of cross-dialectal, variationist methodologies. Mid-America Linguistics Conference 2009 (MALC), Columbia, MO, United States.
    • Spartz, J. M. (November, 2008). Cross-dialectal homophonous categorial demarcation using prosodic cues: With as a particle in the Minnesota English dialect. American Dialect Society session of the 50th Annual Midwest Modern Language Association (M/MLA) Convention, Minneapolis, MN, United States.
    • Conard-Salvo, T., & Spartz, J. M. (April, 2008). Listening to revise: Mainstream uses of text-to-speech software in the writing center. Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), New Orleans, LA, United States.
    • Spartz, J. M. (November, 2007). Business writing for entrepreneurs: Tailoring the curriculum to meet student needs. Professional Writing Technology and Pedagogy Showcase, West Lafayette, IN, United States.
    • Spartz, J. M. (October, 2007). Can prosodic cues accurately identify constituent boundaries with cross-dialectal homophones?: With as a particle in the Minnesota English dialect. Mid-America Linguistics Conference 2007 (MALC), Lawrence, KS, United States.
    • Spartz, J. M. (April, 2007). Acronym understanding and disambiguation: Arguments for an ontological semantic approach to NLP. Fourth Midwest Computational Linguistics Colloquium (MCLC-4), West Lafayette, IN, United States.
    • Spartz, J. M. (January, 2007). Matched guise in the composition classroom: Assessing student attitude toward lexical selection. 5th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities, Honolulu, HI, United States.
    • Spartz, J. M. (November, 2006). Consulting with Adventure Cycling to develop interpretive materials for its Underground Railroad bike tour. Professional Writing Technology and Pedagogy Showcase, West Lafayette, IN, United States.
    • Spartz, J. M., & Cramer, J. (October, 2006). A sign of the times: A glimpse at semiotics in the academy. Semiotic Society of America 2006 Annual Meeting, West Lafayette, IN, United States.
    • Spartz, J. M. (September, 2006). A sign of the times: A glimpse at semiotics in the academy. Linguistics Lunch Series, West Lafayette, IN, United States.
    • Spartz, J. M. (April, 2006). Do you want to come with?: A syntactic analysis of ‘with’ constructions in the Minnesota English dialect. PCA/ACA National Conference, Atlanta, GA, United States.
    • Mallett, K., Haan, J., & Spartz, J. M. (April, 2006). Grant writing in applied linguistics: Negotiating the process. Purdue Linguistics Association (PLA) Symposium 2006, West Lafayette, IN, United States.
    • Spartz, J. M. (April, 2006). Verbs of movement in Minnesotan: An analysis of particles in grammatical constructions. Purdue Linguistics Association (PLA) Symposium 2006, West Lafayette, IN, United States.
    • Spartz, J. M. (June, 2005). Web accessibility and its impact on student learning: A qualitative study. Computers and Writing Online 2005,
    • Spartz, J. M., Lynch, P., & Mallett, K. (May, 2005). English 106 and ICL Integration Program: The annotated bibliography project. Purdue University Librarian’s Retreat, West Lafayette, IN, United States.
    • Spartz, J. M., Malaia, E., & Falk, C. (May, 2005). Methodology and tools for ontological semantic acquisition. Second Midwest Computational Linguistics Colloquium (MCLC-2), Columbus, OH, United States.
    • Riley, K., Spartz, J. M., & Mackiewicz, J. (October, 2004). Writing readable consent forms: How useful is the advice given by IRBs?. IEEE International Professional Communication Conference, Minneapolis, MN, United States.
    • Spartz, J. M. (April, 2004). Getting accepted: Strategies and advice for further graduate study. , Duluth, MN, United States.
    • Riley, K., & Spartz, J. M. (March, 2004). The rhetoric of web accessibility. Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW) 2004, San Antonio, TX, United States.
    • Riley, K., & Spartz, J. M. (March, 2004). Arguments for web accessibility: A rhetorical analysis. Word Association Colloquium Series, Duluth, MN, United States.

    Oral Presentation

    • Spartz, J. M. (2014). Preparing for Your Management Plan: Tools for Success. PM 470: Seminar in Property Management, Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Spartz, J. M. (2013). Frequent Grammar Errors. SOCA 248: Research Report Writing College Service (Eleonora Hicks), Kenosha, WI, United States.
    • Spartz, J. M. (2012). Frequent Grammar Errors. SOCA 248: Research Report Writing College Service (Eleonora Hicks), Kenosha, WI, United States.

    Poster

    • Spartz, J. M., & Malaia, E. (March, 2006). Ontological semantic (OS) support for digital identity management (DIM): Expanding the ever-expanding domain. 7th Annual CERIAS Symposium, West Lafayette, IN, United States.

    Panelist

    • Spartz, J. M., Strong, E. A., & Cheung, Y. L. (September, 2005). Ontological semantics and LSA: Applying semantic theory to future research in ontological semantics. As part of LSA 2005: The Dialogue Continues. Linguistic Lunch Series, West Lafayette, IN, United States.

Grants, Contracts, and Sponsored Research

    Grant

    • Spartz, J. M. Fall 2014 New Instructor Professional Development. Sponsored by Office of the Provost , $1001 (Funded).
    • Spartz, J. M. Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP). Sponsored by University of Wisconsin - Parkside, $400 (Funded).
    • Spartz, J. M. Chancellor’s Small Grant. Sponsored by University of Minnesota Duluth, $750 (Funded).
    • Spartz, J. M. Chancellor’s Small Grant. Sponsored by University of Minnesota Duluth, $750 (Funded).
    • Spartz, J. M. College of Liberal Arts Travel Grant. Sponsored by University of Minnesota Duluth, $500 (Not Funded).
    • Spartz, J. M. Purdue Research Foundation Summer Dissertation Research Grant. Sponsored by Purdue University Research Park, $2536 (Funded).
    • Spartz, J. M. International Writing Centers Association Grant. Sponsored by Purdue University Writing Lab, $900 (Funded).
    • Spartz, J. M. Purdue University Travel Grant. Sponsored by Department of English, $250 (Funded).
    • Spartz, J. M. National Science Foundation Grant #0428554. Sponsored by CERIAS, $18000 (Funded).
    • Spartz, J. M. Department Of Defense Grant #H98230-04-1-0226. Sponsored by CERIAS, $4500 (Funded).
    • Spartz, J. M. Information and Computer Literacy (ICL) Integration Program Fellowship. Sponsored by Purdue University Libraries, $1250 (Funded).
    • Spartz, J. M. University of Minnesota Graduate School Block Grant Fellowship. Sponsored by University of Minnesota Duluth, $4000 (Funded).

    Sponsored Research

    • Spartz, J. M. Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP). Sponsored by University of Wisconsin - Parkside, $400.

Reviewer / Editor

    Reviewer, Journal

    • International Journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge Development (IJSKD) (2016)
    • Journal of Business and Technical Communication (JBTC) (2014)

    Reviewer, Book

    • Graduate Studies in Second Language Writing (Matsuda & Silva, editors) – Parlor Press (2014)

Awards, Fellowships, Honors, and Scholarships

    Award

    • Advising Excellence Award, Committee on Advising (2013)
    • Advising Excellence Award, Committee on Advising (2012)
    • Stella C. Gray Teaching Excellence Award, Teaching & Learning Center, University of Wisconsin - Parkside (2012)
    • Graduate School Outstanding Dissertation Award, Purdue University Graduate School (August 2008)

Service

    University

      UW Stout

      • Committee Member, At-large Website Team (2016 - Present)
      • Faculty Mentor, Lecturer Jeremiah Bass (2016 - Present)
      • Committee Member, MFA Thesis Committee, Michelle Mailey Noben (2016 - Present)
      • Faculty Mentor, Assistant Professor Cody Reimer (2015 - Present)
      • Representative, Advisement Day Portfolio Workshop (2014)
      • Committee Member, MSTPC Application Review Committee (2014)
      • Committee Member, Usability (User Experience) Center Task Force (2014)
      • Faculty Representative & Trip Coordinator, World Usability Day, University of Minnesota (2014)

      University of Wisconsin - Parkside

      • Proposal Example Author, Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP) (2013 - Present)
      • Committee Member, Committee on Research and Creative Activity (CRCA) (2012 - 2014)
      • Student Advising, English Department (2012 - 2014)
      • Director of Academic and Career Advising, Search and Screen Committee Member (2013)
      • Developer and Facilitator, Graduate School Q & A Roundtable (2012 - 2013)
      • Committee Member, Sabbatical Proposal Review Committee (2012)

      University of Minnesota Duluth

      • Committee Member, Chancellor’s Dean’s Online Discussion Group (2010)
      • Committee Member, Advanced Writing Assessment Committee (2009)
      • Committee Member, University of Minnesota Graduate Council (2004)

      Purdue University

      • Constitution Committee Member, Graduate Student English Association (GradSEA) Committee English Language and Linguistics (2007)
      • Co-Chair, Midwest Computational Linguistics Colloquium (MCLC-4) (2007)
      • Committee Chair, Purdue Linguistics Association Symposium (2007)
      • Program Representative, Graduate Student English Association (GradSEA) Committee English Language and Linguistics (2005 - 2007)
      • President, Purdue Linguistics Association (PLA) (2005 - 2007)
      • Symposium Assistant, Symposium on Second Language Writing (SSLW) 2006 (2006)
      • Committee Member, International Association of World Englishes (IAWE) 11th Annual Conference (2005)
      • Founding (re-establishing) Member, Purdue Linguistics Association (PLA) (2005)
      • Fiction Editorial Assistant , Sycamore Review: Literature, Opinion, and the Arts (2005)