Department of Journalism

Michael Holmes

Professor and Chairperson

LB 214   Phone: 765-285-1491  

Department of Journalism
Art and Journalism Building (AJ), room 300
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Educational Background:
PhD Speech Communication , University of Minnesota, 1991
MS Speech Communication, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, 1986
BA Speech Communication, Southwestern Minnesota State University, 1985

Professional Experience:
Michael Holmes began his academic career in 1990 as a faculty member of Purdue University. He joined the communication department of  the University of Utah in 1992 and was tenured and promoted there in 1999. He left Utah to become chairperson of communication studies at Ball State University in 2001, where he has also served as interim dean of the college of communication, information and media (2003-2005), associate director and director of insight & research for the Center for Media Design (2005-2012), and interim director of graduate studies for the Department of Telecommunications (2012-2013) . He became professor and chairperson of journalism in July 2013.

Research/Creative/Publication Interests:
Professor Holmes’ current research interests include emerging media and communication technologies, visual communication, and small unmanned aircraft systems. He has an eclectic research history and has published research on a variety of topics including computer-mediated conversation, hostage negotiation, small group communication, group decision support systems, innovation processes, aging and bereavement, media measurement, visual semiotics, visual attention, cross-race identification deficit, and television viewing with a mobile "second screen."

Research/Creative/Publication Career Highlights:
Professor Holmes has published over 20 scholarly articles and book chapters including publications in Management Science, Human Communication Research, Health Communication, Communication Studies, Social Indicators Research, Behavior Research Methods and The Police Chief. He is a coauthor of Organizational Change and Innovation Processes: Theory and Methods for Research (Oxford University Press), winner of the National Communication Association Organizational Communication Division Best Book Award for 2000-2001. During his time with the Center for Media Design, Professor Holmes was PI or co-PI for research projects garnering over $6 million in funding (primarily from media industry clients). He has designed and managed nearly 35,000 hours of field-based observational research on consumer exposure to media. This work includes the landmark Video Consumer Mapping Study for the Nielsen-funded Council for Research Excellence. In 2009 he was named a Centennial Scholar of Communication by the Eastern Communication Association.

Thesis/Creative Project Advising:
Professor Holmes has served as a committee member or advisor for 56 Master's and Ph.D. students in nine academic disciplines. In addition to topical expertise in the domains noted above, he can contribute methodological experience in critical, qualitative and quantitative methods including content analysis,  discourse analysis, interaction analysis, process analysis and sequence comparison, eye tracking, focus groups, naturalistic observation, usability testing, and visual semiotics. While not formerly trained in design, he reads extensively in design thinking, visual design and typography and has served as a committee member for creative projects.