Dr. Michael Marek teaches radio, electronic media, and other mass communication courses at Wayne State College. He is the faculty advisor to KWSC-FM, the college’s radio station serving Wayne and the surrounding area. He has taught a wide range of courses, including introductory broadcasting, journalism, persuasion, integrated marketing, photojournalism, media criticism, and communication law.
Prior to earning his doctorate, Dr. Marek’s professional experience included working as a broadcast journalist, fundraising and public relations for nonprofit organizations.
His scholarly work includes 20 published or accepted publications in peer-reviewed journals, five book chapters, 22 peer-reviewed conference presentations (on three continents). Much of his scholarly work is about using technology for intercultural communications and teaching of English to speakers of other languages using technology. He has also published works of media criticism.
Dr. Marek’s faculty service has included state, regional, and national positions on the volunteer staff of the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, the Civil Air Patrol, in which he holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. For several years he has served on the national volunteer staff of the organization, specializing in strategic planning using the management skills he teaches to electronic media students at WSC.
On campus, he has served on the Academic Policies Committee, which reviews proposed changes in coursework and programs of study; led semester abroad classes; served on the committee preparing a transition to a website content management system for the college; helped revitalize the Technology for Teaching and Learning Committee; served on the WSC Centennial Committee, and has chaired and served on multiple job search committees. He has also served on the WSC Institutional Review Board. For five years, he coordinated the Cybercast at the Collegiate Broadcasters Incorporated national student media convention.
Ed.D., Educational Administration/Adult and Higher Education - University of South Dakota
M.S., Mass Communication, 1999 - University of South Dakota
B.S., Communication, 1977 - University of South Dakota
Dr. Marek’s research interests include marketing communications and use of electronic media for mass communication with niche audiences, such as using social media for intercultural communication and foreign language learning.