Michael Humphrey CV

Michael HumphreyDepartment of Journalism & Media Communication
C258A Clark Building
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523

2017 Ph.D., Public Communication & Technology, Colorado State University
2010 M.A., Magazine Journalism, New York University
1991 B.A., Communication and Philosophy, William Jewell College

2018-Present Assistant Professor
Journalism and Media Communication, Colorado State University
2017-2018 Visiting Assistant Professor
Journalism and Media Communication, Colorado State University
2011-2017 Instructor
Journalism and Media Communication, Colorado State University
2011-2014 Newsroom Adviser
Rocky Mountain Student Media Corporation, Colorado State University

2010-Present Contributor, Forbes.com, New York, NY
2018 Consultant, Mountain Data Group, Fort Collins, CO
2016 Consultant, The History Project, Oakland, CA
2012-2016 Writer, Jigsaw Media, Westport, CT
2015 Consultant, Bulb, Fort Collins, CO
2007-2010 Contributor, National Catholic Reporter, Kansas City, MO
1998-2009 Contributor, The Kansas City Star, Kansas City, MO
2000-2004 Contributor, American Online-Digital Cities, Chicago, IL
1991-2009 Director, A Thousand Stories Project, Kansas City, MO
1996-1998 Publications Editor, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, MO
1993-1996 Editor, District 1 News, St. Paul, MN
1992 Editor, Marion Daily Republican, Marion, IL
1991 Reporter, Lake-Sun Leader, Osage Beach, MO

50% Teaching, 35% Research/Creative Activity, 15% Service/Outreach


Refereed Journal Articles
Humphrey, M. (2018). Confession narratives and mass kinship of YouTube celebrities: A narrative rationality analysis. Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture, 9(2), pp. 225-237.

Humphrey, M. (2017). ‘I Am In No Way This’: troll-hunters and pragmatic digital self-reference. Persona Studies, 3(2).

Humphrey, M. & Humphrey, L. (In Press). Career Construction in volatile settings: seeking congruence in a journalist’s world today. Life Writing.

Refereed Manuscripts
Keats, E. & Humphrey, M. (2018). From penning to pinning: performing personal ‘unfinished stories’ across multiple social media. Brill Publishers.

Humphrey, M. (In Press). The transmediated self as story: examining ‘working self’ narratives in social media. The Editorial Fund of the EAFIT University.

Invited Manuscripts Accepted for Publication
Humphrey, M. (2018). No greater than who I actually am: virtue ethics in digital life narratives. In P. Plaisance (Ed.) Communication and Media Ethics. Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton.

Humphrey, M. (2019). Has narrative found a challenge in Virtual Reality? Society for Technical Communication Intercom.

Refereed Proceedings
Humphrey, M. (2017, May). First person persuasion: linguistic properties of personal narratives in persuasive political discourse on medium.com. International Communication Association Conference in San Diego.

Humphrey, M., Champ, J., Russell, G. & Stone, L. (2017, May). Communicating science efficacy for governmental decision makers: a supply chain metaphor. International Communication Association Conference in San Diego.

Humphrey, M. (2015, October). ‘I could use some privilege’: digital rhetoric, white privilege and life narratives as terministic screens. Accepted via blind review to present at “Internet Research 16.0: Digital Imaginaries,” Association of Internet Researchers in Phoenix.

Humphrey, L. and Humphrey, M. (2015, August). Avoiding the “bad jump cut”: developing a senior year experience for journalism students. Internship and Careers Interest Group section of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in San Francisco. (Awarded Best Paper).

Humphrey, M. (2015, April). Homo narrans digitalis? Examining life storytelling affordances in digital spaces. Western Social Sciences Association.

Humphrey, M. (2014, August). Uses & Grats 2.1: Considering ecosystem in User-Generated Content gratifications. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Non-Refereed Proceedings/Transactions
Humphrey, M. (2018, November). When a Story Is Not a “Story”: The Limits of Defining Literature Forms In A Digital World. Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association.

Humphrey, M. (2015, June). Quantifying a life story in digital ecosystems: content analysis on cowbird.com. International Auto-Biography Association-Americas.

Humphrey, M. (2015, March). The life you tell may be your own: social media and the algorithm of self narrative. “The Brain is Wider than the Sky” Conference, English Department, University of Wyoming.

Humphrey, M. (2014, October). ‘Small’ and ‘big’ narratives: considering the role of narrative arc in digital life storytelling. Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association.

Externally Funded Projects as Co-PI
2016-Present, Communicating Science for Policy Makers, CoPI Joseph Champ, United States Geological Survey, $75,000.

Humphrey, M. (2018, October). Storytelling in Immersive Environments. Office of Vice President for Research “Ram Reality” Symposium.

Humphrey, M. (2018, March). “The Flourishing ‘I’: Anscombe and the Ethics of Life Narrative in Digital Space.” Distinguished visiting scholar lecture sponsored by the Don W. Davis Program in Ethical Leadership in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, Penn State University.

Humphrey, M. (2015 & 2017, August). The Power of Story in Leadership. Presented as a module in the Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Arts and the Public, a Master’s-level program, at Colorado State University.

Humphrey, M. (2015, August). I Was A Start-Up Intern. A “lightning-round” presentation for the AEJMC Pre-Conference Workshop on Media Entrepreneurship, San Francisco.

Frank, R., Humphrey, M. and Manning, J. (2013, May). Developing digital-first student journalists. Presented at the Western Association of University Publication Managers, Denver.

Humphrey, M. (2013, February). Why UX matters for journalism. Presented at the Journalism/interactive Conference, Gainesville.

2019 Visiting Scholar, Oxford Centre for Life-Writing, Wolfson College, University of Oxford

2019 Best Teacher Award, Alumni Association of Colorado State University.

TEACHING & ADVISING (past 5 years)
JTC 326, Online Storytelling & Audience Engagement 3 63
JTC 500, Comm Research & Evaluation Methods 4 12
JTC 526, Digital Media Writing & Production 3 11
JTC 326-401, Online Storytelling & Audience Eng. 3 16
JTC 490, Media Analytics 3 18
JTC 422, Entrepreneurial Journalism 3 19
JTC 300, Professional & Technical Communication 3 20
JTC 270, Analyzing Data in Journalism and Media 3 34

2012 – Present 7 Undergraduate Honors Thesis Advisees
2012 – Present 25 Undergraduate Independent Studies Advised


2018 Faculty Council Representative, Colorado State University
2018 Undergraduate Committee Member, Journalism and Media Communication
2017-18 Department Scholarship Committee, Journalism and Media Communication

Professional Affiliations
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
Online News Association
Association for Education and Journalism and Mass Communication
Colorado Press Association
Society of Professional Journalists
Broadcast Education Association
NoCO News Hackers (co-founder)

2018 Twitter Manager, Journalism and Media Communication
2018 Ramify Podcast, Journalism and Media Communication
2016-Present Faculty mentor Office of Academic Advising
2016-Present JMC Capstone Presentations Analytics Workshop
2015-2018 Colorado J-Day Presenter on Digital Media
2015-2017 Journalism Advising Day
2015 Coloradoan Hack Fort Collins Events Committee Member
2014-2015 Public Relations Society of America Presenter on LinkedIn strategies
2011-2013 CSU-Wales Journalism Training Summer Program Lab Coordinator
2012-2013 CSU Freshman Mentor Program Journalism/Media Facilitator
2012 Texas Regions Emmys Judge for Interactive Projects (2012)

Media Appearances
2018 Office of Vice President for Research Podcast
2017 New Kings: The Power of Online Influencers
2016 The Vlogumentary
2014 The New York Times
2013 Southern California Public Radio
2012 RT America
2012 PBS Channel 12
2012 KUSA Channel 9
2011 Public Radio International “The Story”