Dr Michael Meany

Dr Michael Meany

Senior Lecturer - Communication

School of Creative Industries (Communication)

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Meany’s background includes work as a freelance writer, photographer, a typesetter and publication designer, and as a playwright. This diverse media background allows him to bring an eclectic mix of skills to his research and teaching. He was initially employed at the University of Newcastle as a lecturer in professional writing partly on the basis of his freelance experience. However, as media technologies changed and converged so too did his teaching role and research interests. Desktop publishing evolved into web-design; film-based photography gave way to digital photography; audio and video on the web became multimedia; and, web coding became interactive interface design. His PhD, The Performance of Comedy by Artificial Intelligence Agents (2014), was an interdisciplinary study that amalgamated scripted artificial intelligence dialogue and computer interface scripting with the theory and practice of comedy and of creativity. His work since that time has continued to integrate the study of creativity with a range of disciplinary perspectives.

       Contributions to the Field:

Dr Meany’s contribution to the field of creativity research has been in two primary areas. First, the integration of theories of creativity with theories of humour and comedy. These areas share a similar philosophical history. Both disciplines have their roots in classical scholarship calling on the works of Aristotle, Plato and Socrates. Likewise, both areas were reimaged and found new prominence during the Enlightenment. Later, both areas were scrutinised through the psychological lens by Freud, Jung and others. Dr Meany in his PhD made the distinction between humour and comedy by pointing out that the construction of comedy, unlike the sometimes unintentional aspects of humour, is a systematic, intentional creative activity. Second, Dr Meany has applied the systems model of creativity to curriculum development. Not only has this resulted in direct research outputs it has also guided the development of curriculum in the School of Creative Industries. In his role as the Deputy Head of School (Teaching and Learning) Dr Meany has applied the systems model of creativity to a School wide reinvention of Programs and Courses.

 ●      Industry and community engagement:

Rapid project, an initiative of the School of Creative Industries, aims to engage academics with industry and community groups to invent solutions, through a co-design process, to perceived social and cultural issues. Dr Meany has contributed to the two iterations of the Rapid project.

 ●      Professional involvement – including committees, conference organisation and participation:

In 2013 Dr Meany and Professor Michael Ewans were co-convenors of the Nineteenth Colloquium on ‘Humour and Creativity’ at The University of Newcastle - City Campus, 7-9 February 2013. The Australasian Humour Studies Network’s (AHSN) interdisciplinary conference attracted eminent national and international humour scholars. International scholars came from Poland, Estonia, United Kingdom and the United State of America.

Dr Meany has been for the past three years the Co-Editor the of Humour Digest, the official publication of the AHSN. With Dr Jessica Milner-Davis, former President the International Society for Humour Studies, Dr Meany has produced sixteen editions of the Humour Digest.

Between 2012 and 2014 Dr Meany was an Associate Editor and Reviewer for three journals published by Common Ground. These journals spanned the range of Dr Meany’s research interests including: Technology and Society; Arts in Society; and, Literary Humanities.

       Supervision and mentoring:

Dr Meany currently co-supervising four PhD’s. He has been the primary supervisor on one completion and co-supervisor on four other completions. All of these completions have come from the disciplines of Communication and Media Arts. However, they have covered a range of topics including journalism, music production and cinema. The link between these projects has been the application of practice-based research methodologies and the examination of the social, cultural and psychological facets of creative activity.

Dr Meany has supervised eight Honours projects one of which won a University Medal. He has also mentored students after their successful graduation. He has co-authored three conference papers and a book chapter with past students.In his role as Deputy Head of School he has mentored colleagues in the School of Creative Industries as part of the performance review framework.

 ●       Peer review involvement:

In 2017, Dr Meany examined a Creative Project and Exegesis Higher Research Degrees for an Australian University. He has been the external examiner for two Honours projects from Australian Universities and has been an Honours examiner for eight University of Newcastle projects. 

Dr Meany was an invited by the conference organizer, Dr Liisi Laineste, to review of papers submitted to the 2018 International Society for Humour StudiesConference in Estonia.

 ●      Other:

Dr Meany has used production skills to create three CD cover designs for album and EP releases. As a photographer he has been called on to cover numerous Faculty and University events.

 ●       Teaching
Dr Meany's courses employ a collaborative learning approach where students and staff are expected to share their knowledge, skills and abilities. To further this teaching and learning strategy, students are allowed to resubmit assessment events where they feel they can demonstrate enhanced learning outcomes from assessment feedback. This strategy seeks to deal with the following issues:

  1. Students undertaking technology-based courses, and on-line courses, tend to have 'penny-drop' moments of understanding that may not occur in time for an assessment event.
  2. Students may not fully understand the assessment criteria until they see the quality of work produced by others in the class or until they receive specific feedback on their work.
  3. These courses require students to develop their visual, written and oral communication skills and to be not only competent but also literate across a range of media forms.
  4. The 'one attempt only' approach to assessment discourages students from taking creative leaps and academic risks.

This strategy is intended to allow students to fully engage with the course material and to develop for themselves the best learning outcomes. The course resubmission policy only applies to selected formative assessment events with comparatively low marks value (less than 20%). There is no penalty for resubmitting an assignment. It is not, however, intended for students wishing to engage in a petty 'marks chase'. Assessment descriptions, criteria and fully developed marking guides are supplied for each assignment on the Blackboard site. For these formative assessment tasks, the marking guides are quite prescriptive - the student must undertake the required skills development in accordance with the outcomes made explicit in the course outline. Students resubmitting an assignment need to take into account the assessment criteria as well as the specific feedback provided by their lecturer. This strategy also encourages rigorous assessment and grading. In other words, resubmission does not create a soft option. Students are completely responsible for their results; they cannot blame the course or the lecturer for their results. The only way to do well in the course is to behave professionally, stay engaged, learn from feedback, and develop critical self-reflection skills. Students are told that it is possible to do worse on an assessment event after resubmission. Where a student has thoughtlessly created new errors in their work in a poor attempt at 'fixing' the original submission, their grade can be reduced. This again reminds students that they are responsible for their grade and for the approach they take to their studies. The application of these strategies leads to a high level of student satisfaction, evidenced through formal survey results and informal communication.



Administrative Expertise
Dr Meany's career has been punctuated with periods of where hehas undertaken duties usually reserved for more senior academics. For example, as a Level A academic, he undertook my first term as a Program Convenor (Program Coordinator as it was known then) for the Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies). Since being promoted to Level B he has undertaken the Program Convenor role on several occasions for the Bachelor of Communication and the combined Bachelor of Communication/Laws, as well as, the Master of Digital Media. Mostly recently, his service to the School has been as Deputy Head of School.

Collaborations
My primary research interests revolve around the combined domains of humour studies and creativity research. I collaborate with with colleagues from various organisations including: Australasian Humour Studies Network; International Society for Humor Studies; and, Australia and New Zealand Communication Association.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Victoria University - Australia
  • Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Newcastle
  • Master of Creative Arts, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Audio and Video Editing
  • Computers and Theatre
  • Humour
  • Interactive media
  • New Media Production
  • Print Editing
  • Professional Writing

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
200199 Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified 20
190205 Interactive Media 20
200102 Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies 60

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer - Communication University of Newcastle
School of Creative Industries
Australia
Senior Lecturer - Communication University of Newcastle
School of Design Communication and IT
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/1997 -  Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Design Communication and IT
Australia

Awards

Research Award

Year Award
2012 International Award for Excellence
Unknown
2007 International Award for Excellence - Runner-up
Unknown

Invitations

Participant

Year Title / Rationale
2013 Convenor
Organisation: Australasian Humour Studies Network Description: I convened the 19th Australasian Humour Studies Network Colloquium on ‘Humour and Creativity’ held at The University of Newcastle - City Campus, 7-9 February 2013. This iteration of the Colloquium attracted a very strong cohort of national and international delegates.

Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2013 Keep Laughing... This is Serious
Organisation: Northern Sydney Region Primary Principals Conference Description: I was invited to give a presentation on the topic of Humour and Creativity at the Northern Sydney Region Primary Principals Conference held in Terrigal, NSW, June 6-7, 2013. This invitation was a result of convening the 2013 Australasin Humour Colloquium in Newcastle in February 2013.
2006 Michael Meany
Organisation: Assumption University, Bangkok, Description: In 2006 I received an invitation to give a guest lecture to staff and students of Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand. This was an opportunity for the UoN in general and the Faculty of Science & IT in particular to raise our University's profile and promote our Bachelor of Communication program to students, staff and management of Assumption University.
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 McIntyre KCP, Fulton JM, Paton EJ, Kerrigan SM, Meany MM, Educating for Creativity within Higher Education: Integration of Research into Media Practice, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 240 (2018) [A1]
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-90674-4
Co-authors Janet Fulton, Susan Kerrigan, Phillip Mcintyre

Chapter (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Brady D, Meany MM, 'Search Engines as Opinion Leaders', Creating Space in the Fifth Estate, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne 129-143 (2017) [B1]
2016 Meany MM, 'Comedy, Creativity, Agency: The Hybrid Individual', The Creative System in Action: Understanding Cultural Production and Practice, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK 169-184 (2016) [B1]
DOI 10.1057/9781137509468
Citations Scopus - 1

Journal article (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Kerrigan S, McIntyre P, Fulton J, Meany M, 'The systemic relationship between creative failure and creative success in the creative industries', Creative Industries Journal, 1-15 (2019)
DOI 10.1080/17510694.2019.1624134
Co-authors Susan Kerrigan, Phillip Mcintyre, Janet Fulton
2014 Meany MM, Clark T, Joseph S, 'Comedy and Artificial Intelligence: Do We Laugh When a Thing Gives the Impression of Being a Person?', The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts, 8 21-34 (2014) [C1]
2014 Meany MM, Clark T, Laineste L, 'Comedy, Creativity, and Culture: A Metamodern Perspective', THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LITERARY HUMANITIES, 11 1-15 (2014) [C1]
2013 Meany MM, Clark T, 'Design dramaturgy: A case study in new media, humor and artificial intelligence', Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, 6 59-71 (2013) [C1]
2012 Meany MM, Clark T, 'Chat-bot humour: A survey of methodological approaches for a creative new media project', The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, 8 23-32 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 2
2011 Meany MM, Clark T, 'Scripting humour in conversational agents: Improvisation and emergence of humorous interchanges', International Journal of the Arts in Society, 5 225-235 (2011) [C1]
2010 Meany MM, Clark T, 'Humour theory and conversational agents: An application in the development of computer-based agents', The International Journal of the Humanities, 8 129-140 (2010) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 1
2007 Meany MM, 'Interactive, new media poetry: Is such a thing possible?', International Journal of the Humanities, 5 1-7 (2007) [C1]
2006 Meany MM, 'The Semblance of Truth', The International Journal of the Arts in Society, 1 33-40 (2006) [C1]
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Conference (24 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Kerrigan S, McIntyre KP, Fulton J, Meany M, 'Creative collaborations: Practitioners, Media, Technologies', Ashland, Oregon, USA (2019)
Co-authors Susan Kerrigan, Janet Fulton, Phillip Mcintyre
2019 McIntyre KP, Fulton J, Kerrigan S, Meany M, 'Creativity in higher education: the Newcastle experience (six years on)', Old Parliament House, Canberra (2019)
Co-authors Janet Fulton, Phillip Mcintyre, Susan Kerrigan
2018 Kerrigan SM, McIntyre KCP, Fulton JM, Meany MM, Paton EJ, 'Educating for Creativity: Media Practice Teaching and Research in Higher Education', Hong Kong (2018)
Co-authors Phillip Mcintyre, Janet Fulton, Susan Kerrigan
2018 Crosby R, Meany MM, 'Stand-up Comedy as a Social Corrective', http://sydney.edu.au/humourstudies/docs/AHSN_2018_Cairns_Program_Abstracts.docx, Cairns (2018)
2018 Kerrigan S, McIntyre P, Fulton J, Meany M, 'Creating the Conditions for Failure: An Initial Exploration of the Systemic Relationship between Creative Failure and Creative Success in the Creative Industries.', University of Auckland, New Zealand (2018)
Co-authors Susan Kerrigan, Phillip Mcintyre, Janet Fulton
2018 McIntyre KCP, Kerrigan SM, Fulton JM, Meany MM, 'The Creative System in Action Applied through Communication and Media Research and Teaching', Ashland, Oregon, USA (2018)
Co-authors Susan Kerrigan, Phillip Mcintyre, Janet Fulton
2017 Meany MM, 'Science and magic collide: An analysis of Adventure Time', 23rd Australasian Humour Studies Network Conference, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia (2017)
2017 Crosby R, Meany MM, 'Comedy Techniques in Social Commentary', Comedy Techniques in Social Commentary, Newcastle (2017)
2017 Meany MM, 'Creativity and curriculum design: an integrated model.', http://www.anzca.net/conferences/past-conferences/2017-conf/p2.html, Sydney (2017) [E1]
2016 Meany MM, 'Twittering: Picking on the Powerful', Abstracts and Program Twenty Second AHSN Conference, Women s College, University of Sydney (2016)
2016 Meany MM, 'Oscillating between Irony and Sincerity: An analysis of parody on Twitter', ISHS Book of Abstracts, Dublin, Ireland (2016)
2015 Hookham G, Meany MM, 'The Spectrum of States: Comedy, Humour and Engagement in Games.', Proceedings of the 11th Australasian Conference on Interactive Entertainment (IE 2015)., University of Western Sydney (2015) [E1]
2015 Meany MM, 'The Cake is a Lie: Ideology, Humour and Comedy in Portal', Abstracts and Program Twenty First AHSN Conference, State Library of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia (2015) [E3]
2014 Meany MM, 'Comedy - A Computationally Intractable Problem', Program and Abstracts Twentieth AHSN Colloquium on 'Anything Goes'., National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand. (2014) [E3]
2014 Hookham G, Meany MM, 'Perspective Shifting: Humour and Comedy in Games', IE2014 Proceedings of the 2014 Conference on Interactive Entertainment, Newcastle (2014) [E1]
DOI 10.1145/2677758.2677776
2013 Meany MM, 'Humour and creativity - Theoretical congruence', Program and Abstracts Nineteenth Colloquium on 'Humour and Creativity', Newcastle, NSW (2013) [E3]
2012 Meany MM, 'The vaudeville 'two-act' in a new media environment', The 18th AHSN Annual Colloquium on "Varieties of Humour and Laughter", Canberra, ACT (2012) [E3]
2011 Meany MM, 'Incongruity: Human-like machines and machine-like humans', 17th Australiasian Humour Studies Network (AHSN) Colloquium on 'Time, Place and Humour' Abstracts, Hobart, Tas (2011) [E3]
2010 Meany MM, 'Testing an inversion of Bergson's 'new law' of humour', Proceedings of the 10th International Summer School and Symposium on Humour and Laughter: Theory, Research and Application, Boldern-Mannedorf (2010) [E3]
2007 Meany MM, 'Humour, anxiety, and Csikszentmihalyi's concept of flow', 3rd Global Conference : Creative Engagements - Thinking with Children. Conference Program, Abstracts and Papers, Sydney (2007) [E1]
2006 Meany MM, 'Another Triumvirate: Creativity; Practitioner Based Enquiry; and, New Media', 6th Annual Conference of Early Career Academics, University of Newcastle-Treehouse (2006) [E2]
2001 Meany MM, 'The Sensorium of Computer Mediated Education', IASTED Computers and Advanced technology in Education Conference, Banff, Alberta, Canada (2001) [E1]
2001 Russell K, Meany MM, 'Merewether Baths will never look the same again', Computing Arts 2001, University of Sydney (2001) [E2]
2001 Meany MM, Russell K, 'The Cultural Spiral: Virtual Spaces as Records of Time:VRML Technologies', Computing Arts 2001: Digital Resources for Research in the Humanities, University of Sydney (2001) [E2]
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Creative Work (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2004 Meany MM, Print Projections, Watt Space, Newcastle (2004) [J2]

Thesis / Dissertation (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Meany MM, The Performance of Comedy by Artificial Intelligence Agents, Victoria University (2014)
2011 Fulton JM, Making the news: print journalism and the creative process, University of Newcastle (2011)
Co-authors Janet Fulton
2006 Meany MM, A Playwright s Toolkit The Instruments, Tools and Agency of a Playwright in the Creative Writing Process., University of Newcastle (2006)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 4
Total funding $128,480

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20192 grants / $125,280

Early Career Researcher HDR Candidate Scholarship$110,384

Funding body: Universtiy of Newcastle

Funding body Universtiy of Newcastle
Scheme ECR HDR Candidate Scholarship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2022
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Creativity in Higher Education Network (CHEN)$14,896

Funding body: Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Project Team

A/Professor Phillip McIntyre (Lead), Dr Janet Fulton, Dr Susan Kerrigan, Dr Michael Meany

Scheme Strategic Network and Pilot Project Grants Scheme
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20071 grants / $1,700

The fifth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, 17/7/2007 - 20/7/2007, American University Paris$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Michael Meany
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187602
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20061 grants / $1,500

International Conference on the Arts in Society, Edinburgh, Scotland, 15-18 August 2006$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Michael Meany
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0186817
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed6
Current6

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2019 Masters Is It Worth the Juice: Social Media and How Medium-Sized Businesses in the Hunter/Newcastle Region are Utilising this Rapidly Evolving Medium M Philosophy (Comm&Med Arts), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2019 PhD The Female Singer as Composer: Factors That Afford Vocal Identity in the Studio/Performance PhD (Comm & Media Arts), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2019 PhD Exploring the Placement/Replacement of Eurasian Character and Story in Contemporary Australian Writing for Performance PhD (Comm & Media Arts), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2017 PhD An Examination of the Creative Process During the Production of Musical Communication PhD (Comm & Media Arts), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2017 PhD Technological Innovation and Adherence to Tradition: The Creation, Design and Manufacture of the Acoustic Steel-string Guitar. PhD (Comm & Media Arts), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD The Shoot Out - Targeting Creativity: Exploring the Creative Process Through the 24 Hour Filmmaking Festival PhD (Comm & Media Arts), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2019 PhD Defining and Measuring Engagement in Serious Games PhD (Information Technology), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2018 PhD Understanding the Excessive Use of Hyper-Compression in Music Production: A Systems-Based Approach to Examining Innovative Change in the Field of Music Production PhD (Comm & Media Arts), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD Communication, Creativity and Consilience in Cinema: A Comparative Study of the Top 20 Return-on-Investment (RoI) Movies and the Doxa of Screenwriting PhD (Comm & Media Arts), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD Profiling Creativity: An Exploration of the Creative Process Through the Practice of Freelance Print Journalism PhD (Comm & Media Arts), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD Rock, This City: A Thematic History of Live Popular Music in Licensed Venues in Newcastle, Australia, During the Oz/Pub Rock Era (1970s and 80s) PhD (Comm & Media Arts), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2011 PhD Making the News: Print Journalism and the Creative Process PhD (Comm & Media Arts), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Research Projects

Creativity in Higher Education 2018 -

Publications

McIntyre KCP, Fulton JM, Paton EJ, Kerrigan SM, Meany MM, Educating for Creativity within Higher Education: Integration of Research into Media Practice, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 240 (2018) [A1]

Kerrigan SM, McIntyre KCP, Fulton JM, Meany MM, Paton EJ, 'Educating for Creativity: Media Practice Teaching and Research in Higher Education', Hong Kong (2018)

McIntyre KCP, Kerrigan SM, Fulton JM, Meany MM, 'The Creative System in Action Applied through Communication and Media Research and Teaching', Ashland, Oregon, USA (2018)

Collaborators

Name Organisation
Associate Professor Susan Maree Kerrigan University of Newcastle
Doctor Janet Michelle Fulton University of Newcastle
Doctor Elizabeth Jo Paton University of Newcastle
Doctor Michael Maurice Meany University of Newcastle
Associate Professor Phillip Colin Phillip McIntyre University of Newcastle

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Dr Michael Meany

Position

Senior Lecturer - Communication
School of Creative Industries
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Communication

Contact Details

Email michael.meany@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4985 4525
Fax (02) 4921 5896

Office

Room ICT3.58
Building ICT Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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