Associate Professor


  • Office Hours:

    Monday/Wednesday 10:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Associate Professor
  • Concentration:

    • environmental communication, Actor Network Theory, media and critical/cultural identity, qualitative methods, TV/video production
  • Department:

    • Journalism & Media Communication
  • Education:

    • Ph.D., Journalism and Mass Communication,
  • Curriculum Vitae:


After working for more than 10 years in television news as a reporter, photographer, and anchor, Joe Champ earned a masters from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. His research focuses on the intersection of communication, culture, and the natural world. He has often collaborated with USDA Forest Service to study resource management issues faced by the agency. Champ teaches in a variety of areas including the role of media in society (more accurately, media as society), TV/video production, and qualitative research methods at the graduate level.

Select Publications:

Champ, J. G., Williams, D. R., & Lundy, C. (2013). On-line stories of Colorado wilderness: Identity in cybernetic space. Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, 7, 131-145.

Champ, J. G., Brooks, J. J., and Williams, D.R. (2012). Stakeholder understandings of wildfire mitigation: A case of shared and contested meanings. Environmental Management. [Now available online, editors will publish in paper version soon]

Champ, J. G., & Brooks, J. J. (2010). The circuit of culture: A strategy for understanding the evolving Human dimensions of wildland fire. Society & Natural Resources, 23(6), 573-582.

Champ, J. G., (2010). Teaching students to survive their first liveshot: The neglected skill (part 1),Journal of Media Education, 1(2), 66-72.

Champ, J. G., (2010). Teaching students to survive their first liveshot: The neglected skill (part 1),Journal of Media Education, 1(3), 9-15.

Champ, J. G. (2009). Mediated spectacular nature: God-centered and nature-centered consumption of a genre. Journal of Media and Religion, 19 (4), 226-241.

Champ, J. G., Williams, D. R., & Knotek, K. (2009). Wildland fire and organic sense of place: Identity negotiations in a changing wildland urban interface. Leisure Sciences, 31, 237-254.

Champ, J. G. (2008). Horizontal power, vertical weakness: Enhancing the circuit of culture. Popular Communication: International Journal of Media and Culture, 6, 85-102.

Hoover, S. M., Clark, L. S., Alters, D., Champ, J. G., & Hood, L. (2004). Media, home, and family. New York and London: Routledge. viii + 209 pp.