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Dr. Messner is responsible for supporting the Departments of African American Studies, English, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology, as well as the Robertson School and the School of World Studies.
Marcus Messner, Ph.D., is the associate dean for area A (humanities and social sciences) in the College of Humanities and Sciences. He is responsible for supporting the academic units within his area, which includes the Departments of African American Studies, English, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture and the School of World Studies. Messner also serves as professor in the journalism sequence of the Robertson School and has taught mobile and social media reporting as well as global communication classes. He is an Eminent Scholar in the College of Humanities and Sciences and was honored with VCU's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2017.
His main research focus is on the influence and adoption of social media in journalism, public relations and health communication and he has a scholarship record of more than 120 academic publications and presentations at academic conferences. His research studies have won top paper awards at the conferences of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and the International Communication Association as well as at the International Public Relations Research Conference. Messner is regularly interviewed by news media on social media issues. Interviews with him have appeared in various international and national media, such as the Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, Reuters, Bloomberg, National Public Radio, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.