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Marie Hardin

Dean, Professor, Journalism

Biography

Professor Marie Hardin was named dean of the College of Communications in July 2014. 

She joined Penn State's faculty in 2003, and previously served as associate dean for undergraduate and graduate education, capping levels of responsibility that grew regularly during her tenure at the University.

In 2009, Hardin was one of four Penn State faculty recipients of the University-wide George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching. She also was appointed the College of Communications’ associate dean for administration. Hardin was promoted to associate dean for graduate studies and research in 2010, and that same year she was named a finalist for the Scripps Howard Foundation Journalism and Mass Communication Teacher of the Year.

During the 2010-2011 academic year Hardin was appointed an academic leadership fellow with the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, the academic counterpart to the Big Ten. In 2011 she was elevated to associate dean for undergraduate and graduate education.

Hardin joined Penn State’s faculty in 2003 after teaching at Florida Southern College and the State University of West Georgia, respectively. She received her doctoral degree in 1998 from the University of Georgia and previously worked as a newspaper reporter and editor and as a freelance magazine writer. She is a member of the national committee for the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.

Hardin’s research focuses on issues of diversity, ethics and professionalism in sports journalism. She is author of more than 80 journal articles and book chapters and is co-editor of a new book on sports and digital media. In 2013 The University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication named her a distinguished alumni scholar.

Hardin has taught classes that focus on sports and society at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her research concentrates on diversity, ethics and professional practices in mediated sports.

Her work has been published in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Sociology of Sport Journal, Sex Roles, Newspaper Research Journal, Mass Communication & Society, Journalism, Journal of Sports Management and The Howard Journal of Communications, among others. Recent research has focused on social attitudes and values of sports journalists and bloggers and on the experiences and career paths of women in sports journalism.

Expertise

  • Women In Media
  • Title IX
  • Sports Journalism