Office number: Riverview 104A
Phone number: (320) 308-5253
Degrees held and granting institutions
B.S. - 1982, Eastern Michigan University
M.A. - 1987, Eastern Michigan University
Ph.D. - 1991 Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Primary and/or current research interests
Professor Spry teaches courses in performance studies and communication theory. Using autoethnographic writing and performance as a critical method of inquiry into culture and communication, Spry’s national and international performance work, publications, directing, and pedagogy focuses on the development of cultural critique that engenders dialogue about difficult sociocultural issues in our everyday communal and global lives. Tami’s research areas include loss, race and gender, mental health, and shamanism. Her publications appear in Text and Performance Quarterly, Critical Studies<->Critical Methodologies, Qualitative Inquiry, International Review of Qualitative Research, Women and Language, The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research, and various anthologies. Her book, Body, Paper, Stage: Writing and Performing Autoethnography was released in May 2011 through Left Coast Press.
• Cambridge University, Fitzwilliam College: Keynote Speaker at a Mixed Methods conference presenting research on performative autoethnography, 2007.
• University of Oxford: presented research and a workshop on performative autoethnography, 2009. Book launch and workshop, 2011.
• University of Bristol, UK: presented research through performance, and a workshop on performative autoethnography, 2009. Book launch and workshop, 2011.
• University of Plymouth, UK: book launch and workshop, 2011.
• Editorial Board for the International Journal of Qualitative Research.
• Taught communication theory and performance studies in Alnwick, England, SCSU British Studies Education Abroad Program, 2009.
• Academic Director, Alnwick, England, SCSU British Studies Education Abroad Program, 2011.
• Chile and Peru: Ethnographic work with Mapuche and Peruvian shaman on the performative dimensions of healing rituals.
Director of Players Performance Group