Andrew Pilny

Assistant Professor

Office: 269 Blazer Dining

Phone: 859-257-8676

Email: andy.pilny [at] uky.edu

Personal Website: https://sites.google.com/site/andypilny2/

B.A. 2008, M.A. 2010, Ph.D. 2015, University of Illinois

I like to study things like organizational communication, multi-team systems, network theory, Big Data, and computational social science. I mostly develop and test theories to better advance different types of organizing systems. On the side, I am also interested in communication and behavior in virtual worlds including massive multi-player online video games and experimental gaming designs. I like to use many different research methods, but specialize in social network analysis and machine learning.

Curriculum Vitae

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Courses Taught

Designed to introduce students to basic concepts in the study of organizational communication. The course considers approaches to the practice and study of communication within organizational settings, including classical approach, human relations, human resources approaches, systems approaches, cultural approaches, and critical approaches. It also introduces specific issues within the study of organizational communication, including assimilation, decision-making, conflict, change, emotion, cultural diversity and communication technologies.
Considers various theoretical perspectives which lead to a more thorough understanding of communication processes. Begins with discussion of the development of theory and inquiry. Includes perspectives of systems, cognitive, behavioral, affective, symbolic interactionist, dramatic, cultural and social reality, interpretive and critical theories.
Examines theory and research relevant to understanding advanced issues in organizational communication. Topics may include strategies of innovation, organizing, networking, decision-making, globalization, technology, power, and diversity.
The scientific method. Communication research as part of social science research. Study and practice of quantitative behavioral research techniques which apply to communication.
A course in the methods and design of communication studies.

Encyclopedia entry

Shumate, M., Atouba, Y., Cooper, K., & Pilny, A (in press). Interorganizational communication.International encyclopedia of organizational communication. In C. Scott, & L. Lewis (Eds.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.


Pilny, A., Schecter, A., Poole, M.S., & Contractor, N. (in press) An illustration of the relational event model to analyze group interaction processes. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice

Ford, J. L., Ford, J. S., Frei, S. S., Pliny, A., & Berkelaar, B. L. (in press). A network under stress: Using embeddedness to understand uncertainty management and resilience in campus emergencies. Journal of Applied Communication Research.

Carlson, E., Cooper, K., & Pilny, A. (in press). Mixing methods in organizational communication research. In E. Cohen (Ed.), Communication Yearbook, 40. New York: Routledge.

Shumate, M., Atouba, Y., Cooper, K., & Pilny, A. (2014). Bridging the äóìThird Spaceäó : Examining the antecedents to social entrepreneurship. Management Communication Quarterly, 28(3), 404Œ_421. doi:10.1177/0893318914538561

Pilny, A., Atouba, Y., & Riles, J. (2014). How do SMOs create moral resources? The roles of media visibility, networks, activism, and political capacity. Western Journal of Communication, 78(3), 358Å’_377. doi: 10.1080/10570314.2013.866689

Shumate, M., Pilny, A., Atouba, Y., Kim, J., Pena y Lillo, M., Cooper, K., Sahagun, A., & Yang, S. (2013). A taxonomy of communication networks. In E. Cohen (Ed.), Communication Yearbook, 37, (pp. 94Å’_123). New York: Routledge.

Pilny, A., & Shumate, M. (2012). Hyperlinks as extensions of offline instrumental collective action. Information, Communication & Society, 15(2), 260Å’_286. doi: 10.1080/1369118x.2011.606328


Pilny, A., Keegan, B., Foucalt-Welles, B., Riedl, C., Radford, J., Ognyanova, K., DeChurch, L., Macy, M., Contractor, N., & Meleis, W. (2016). Designing online experiments: Citizen science approaches to research. Proceedings of the 19th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing Companion (pp. 498-502). doi:10.1145/2818052.2855516

Pilny, A., Yahja, A., Poole, M.S., & Dobosh, M. (2014). A dynamic social network experiment with multiteam systems. In Big Data and Cloud computing, Proceedings of 2014 Social Computing (SocialCom), (pp. 587Å’_593). IEEE. doi: 10.1109/BDCloud.2014.81

Cai, Y. D., Ahmed, I., Pilny, A., Brown, C., Atouba, Y., Poole, M. S. (2013). SocialMapExplorer: Visualizing social networks of massively multiplayer online games in temporalÅ’_geographic space. Proceedings of the 2nd Conference of the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment: Bridging from the eXtreme to the campus and beyond (XSEDE '13). doi: 10.1145/2484762.2484805

Brown, C., Ahmed, I., Cai, D. Poole, M.S., Pilny, A. & Atouba, Y. (2012). Comparing the performance of group detection algorithm in serial and parallel processing environments. Proceedings of the 1st Conference of the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment: Bridging from the eXtreme to the campus and beyond (XSEDE '12). doi: 10.1145/2335755.2335817

Ahmed, I., Brown, C., Pilny, A., Cai, D., Atouba, Y., & Poole, M.S. (2011). Identification of groups in online environments: The twists and turns of grouping groups. Proceedings of 2011 Social Computing (SocialCom). (pp. 629Å’_632). IEEE doi: 10.1109/PASSAT/SocialCom.2011.180


Shumate, M., Cooper, K., Pilny, A., & Pena, (2015, August). The nonprofit capacities instrument. Paper presented at 2015 Academy of Management. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Pilny, A., Dinh, L., Poole, M.S., Skurka, C. (2015, June). Empirically testing an InputÅ’_ProcessÅ’_Outcome multi team system model. Paper presented at 2015 International Sunbelt Social Network Conference, Brighton, United Kingdom.

Pilny, A., Dinh, L., Bryan, A., & Proulx, J. (2015, May). An adaptive structurational framework for network emergence. Paper presented at 2015 International Communication Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico a. Winner: Top Brief Entertaining Scholarly Talk (B.E.S.T.) | Networks panel

Pilny, A., Poole, M.S., Dobosh, M., & Yahja, A. (2014, November). Dynamic communication patterns and performance in small groups. Paper presented at 2014 National Communication Association, Chicago, IL. a. Top Paper panel in Group Communication Division

Pilny, A., Shumate, M., Pena y Lillo, M., Atouba, Y., & Cooper, K. (2014, May). The structures of interorganizational communication networks. Paper presented at 2014 International Communication Association Conference, Seattle, WA. a. Top 4 Paper panel in Organizational Communication Division

Pilny, A., Yahja, A., Poole, M.S., & Dobosh, M. (2014, February). Of the structures we create: Using relational event analysis to predict group performance outcomes. Paper presented at 2014 International Sunbelt Social Network Conference, St. Pete Beach, FL.

Pilny, A., & Atouba, Y. (2014, February). Actors, events, and networks: A multilevel ERGM of social movement organizing. Paper presented at 2014 International Sunbelt Social Network Conference, St. Pete Beach, FL.

Pilny, A. (2013, November). Connections between collective action episodes: A theory of social movements as networks of communication episodes. Paper presented at 2013 National Communication Association, Washington, DC.

Pilny, A., & Atouba, Y. (2013, February). Why do frames dif use the way they do? A network theory of framing. Paper presented at 2012 Western States Communication Association, Reno, NV. a. Top Student Paper: Theory Division

Shumate, M., Cooper, K., Pena y Lillo, M., & Pilny, A. (2012, November). The nonprofit capacity instrument: A validation. Paper presented at 2012 Association for Research on Nonprofit Organization and Voluntary Action Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Shumate, M., Pilny, A., Cooper, K., & Atouba, Y. (2010). The impact of interorganizational network evolution on outcomes for nongovernmental organizations: A summary of current research. Paper presented at 2010 National Communication Association Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Pilny, A. , Poole, M.S., Yahja, A., Skurka, & Dinh, L. (2015, May). Uncertainty in social media and team performance: An experimental design in progress. Poster presented at 2015 International Communication Association: Computational Social Science PreÅ’_Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Shumate, M., Pilny, A., Atouba, Y., Ihm, J., Cooper, K., Peny y Lillo, M., & O'Connor, A. (2012, June). NGO power brands and corporate alignment: A test of the symbiotic sustainability model. Poster presented at the 2012 ACM Web Science Conference, Evanston, IL.


Pilny, A., & Poole, M.S. (2015, May) Challenges and opportunities of developing an online public goods game. Panel discussion at 2015 International Communication Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico