- Women in Media
- Title IX
- Sports Journalism
- B.A.: Ambassador University
- M.A.: Georgia State University
- Ph.D.: University of Georgia
Professor Marie Hardin was named dean of the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications in July 2014.
Since then, the Bellisario College — one of the largest accredited mass communications programs in the country — has bolstered its reputation for high-quality undergraduate education and broadened its impact as a research and thought leader, thanks to highly collegial and internationally respected faculty.
Under Hardin’s leadership, the Bellisario College was renamed and rebranded in 2017 as a result of a $30 million gift from 1961 alumnus Donald P. Bellisario, and the University has committed an additional $45 million in support of the Bellisario College. Much of Penn State’s investment is in the Donald P. Bellisario Media Center, which will open in 2020. The media center will bring all departments and majors together to deliver on the Bellisario College’s vision to prepare the next great generation of digital storytellers and leaders across the professions.
She has served on numerous University-wide committees and led a variety of collaborative efforts that engage other colleges at Penn State, other institutions of higher learning, and private-sector partners.
Hardin served as president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), a nonprofit, educational association of journalism and mass communication educators, students and media professionals, in 2018-19. She also chairs the committee for the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC).
In 2009, she 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 Bellisario College's 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.
In the Bellisario College, she has also held leadership roles with the Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication and the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. She was elevated to associate dean for undergraduate and graduate education in 2011.
Hardin’s research has focused on issues of diversity, ethics and professionalism in sports journalism. She is author of more than 60 journal articles and book chapters and is co-editor of a book on sports and digital media, published by Routledge. 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. As dean, she has taught a large-enrollment first-year class that focuses on personal branding and career preparation.
Hardin joined Penn State’s faculty in 2003 after teaching at Florida Southern College and the State University of West Georgia, respectively. She earned 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.
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- Hardin to guest lecture at University of Michigan
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