Hardin appointed associate dean for graduate studies and research

May 10, 2010

Marie Hardin has been appointed to succeed John Nichols as the College of Communications’ associate dean for graduate studies and research, effective Sept. 1.

Nichols is retiring after serving on the Penn State faculty for 33 years, the last seven as associate dean.

“Dr. Hardin is one of the country’s foremost sports journalism scholars and she is a decorated teacher,” Dean Doug Anderson said. “She will make an ideal graduate dean.”

Hardin, an associate professor who joined the faculty in 2003, has taught a variety of courses, including editing, news writing and reporting, sports, media and society, and graduate seminars.

In 2009, she earned the George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching, one of Penn State’s major faculty honors. She also was a finalist in 2010 for the Scripps Howard Foundation Journalism and Mass Communication Teacher of the Year.

Hardin, who earned her doctorate at the University of Georgia, has published 40 articles in refereed journals; more than 30 chapters, articles and reports; dozens of academic papers; and has made scores of presentations to academic and professional groups.

Her recent work has focused on social attitudes and values of sports journalists and bloggers and on the experiences and career paths of women in sports journalism.

“Marie moves effortlessly and seamlessly between the academy and the media professions,” Anderson said. “Her daily newspaper experience as a reporter and editor, before entering academia, has served her well in our professionally oriented college.”

Hardin also has been extensively involved in service to the discipline.

She currently serves on the President’s Advisory Council for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC); she will chair AEJMC’s Professional Freedom and Responsibility Committee in 2010-11; and she is a former chair of the Mass Communication and Society Division, AEJMC’s largest. She also has chaired three different AEJMC interest groups.

Her academic administrative experience includes two years as associate head of the Department of Journalism and a year as the college’s acting associate dean for administration.

“I’m deeply honored to have the support of the administration and my colleagues as I move into this new position,” Hardin said. “I’m indebted to John Nichols, who has built an incredibly strong, diverse program over the past seven years. I come into a program that is already highly regarded at the university and around the country. My job will be to maintain the momentum and to support our faculty and students as they bring great ideas and energy to our mission.”

Hardin has been a diligent contributor to the graduate program, serving during the past seven years as a chair, adviser or committee member for 18 master’s degree students and 13 doctoral students.

She served previously as director of the college’s Dow Jones Center for Editing Excellence and continues to serve as the associate director for research of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism—a position she will maintain as associate dean for graduate studies and research.

Hardin also will assume duties as director of the Arthur Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication. The Page Center, created in 2004, is a research center in the College of Communications dedicated to the study and advancement of ethics and responsibility in corporate communication and other forms of public communication.

Page, the longtime vice president for public relations at AT&T, is often regarded as the founder of the modern practice of corporate public relations. He also was a noted educator, publisher, and adviser to several U.S. presidents. Page was the first person in a public relations position to serve as an officer and director of a major corporation and, in that capacity, was widely known for management according to the Page Principles, his guidelines for ethical and effective communication with the public and for responsible corporate behavior.

The center was created to foster a modern understanding and application of the Page Principles by supporting innovative research, educational or public service projects in a wide variety of academic disciplines and professional fields.

Bob Richards, the John and Ann Curley professor of first amendment studies, chaired the internal search that led to Hardin’s appointment.

"Marie Hardin drew overwhelming support from the faculty, staff and graduate students who contacted the search committee,” Richards said. “She brings to the position a wealth of experience as an award-winning teacher, a first-rate scholar and a respected administrator. Her national presence as a leader in journalism and mass communications education and research will nurture and enhance our already highly ranked position in this field among the country's leading colleges and universities."

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