Michael F. Korpi, Ph.D.

Michael Korpi


Contact Information:

Phone: 254.710.1511
E-mail: michael_korpi@baylor.edu
Office: Castellaw Communications Center 204
Office Hours: contact Melanie_Ferguson@baylor.edu at 254.710.1511 for an appointment

Mailing Address:

Dept. of Communication Studies
One Bear Place # 97368
Baylor University
Waco, TX 76798-7368

Michael Korpi Vitae 2009


  • B.S., English, Liberty University, 1975
  • M.A., Broadcasting and Film, University of Iowa, 1977
  • Ph.D., Communication Studies, 1983


Michael F. Korpi is Professor of Film and Digital Media at Baylor University, a Senior Research Fellow at the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas at Austin, and a member of the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers. He has produced and directed documentaries on a range of topics from automobile racing to world hunger. Dr. Korpi also conducts research dealing with new communication technologies such as high definition television, nonlinear editing systems, digital cinema and video games. For example, he produced test materials for the HDTV standardization process, including the first side-by-side tests of Super 16mm vs. 35mm film transferred to HDTV.

Dr. Korpi attended Liberty University and the University of Iowa. He has been at Baylor University since 1982. He and his wife Deborah have three children: Joel, age twenty four , Faith, age twenty one , and Zachary, age fifteen . Dr. Korpi recently sold the Formula 500 race car he drove in Sports Car Club of America events ; a Mitsubishi Evolution IX MR with "Dr. Evo" plates is some compensation for this loss.


  • FDM 1303 Introduction to Mass Communication
  • FDM 1304 Video Literacy: Sight, Sound, and Motion
  • Seminars and topics courses, for example: Video Game Industry, Media Aesthetics, Media Technology, and Japanese Animation.

Teaching/Research Interests:

  • Teaching: Media production, technology, management, aesthetics, and impact.
  • Research Interests: The consumer's media environment, especially the emerging networked environment in the home and other personal environments. Video games, simulations and interactive media. Regulation, management and policy issues involved in the adoption and diffusion of new communication technologies. The human-computer interface in media production and post-production tools.
  • Production Interests: Films dealing with the problems inhibiting the development and advancement of Third World countries. Films which explore the visual variety and excitement involved in automobile racing.