Mark Braun


Mark J. Braun teaches in the areas of media and society, media process and criticism, broadcasting, organizational communication, communication theory, and persuasion. His research interests include technology policy making, gender and mass media organizations, and communication studies pedagogy. His book, AM Stereo and the FCC: A Marketplace Shibboleth, is an analysis of federal regulatory decision-making on new technology.

Mark served as Provost and Dean of the College at Gustavus from 2011 to 2016. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College at Augustana University (2007 to 2011), as Associate Dean at Gustavus (1999 to 2007), and as chair of the Department of Communication Studies (1993 to 1999).

Mark has an extensive record of service to the field of higher education and to the communities in which he has lived. He has served on assessment and planning teams for the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), has been a member of the board of directors of the Broadcast Education Association (BEA), and has been a manuscript reviewer for several publishers in his field. A sought-after speaker, Dr. Braun has made presentations and served on panels at workshops and conferences hosted by such organizations as the Council of Independent Colleges, the Lutheran Academic Officers Conference, and the National Communication Association. He has been interviewed by numerous media outlets, including Minnesota Public Radio, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, and WCCO radio. In 1994, he received the Outstanding Citizen Award from the City of Mankato in recognition of his many contributions to that community.


Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1990; M.A., B.S., Minnesota State University-Mankato, 1998, 1981

Courses Taught

COM-211 (Communication Law)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
FTS-100 FTS:Communicate Values 7 2019/FA, 2018/FA, 2017/FA, 2001/FA, and 2000/FA
CUR-230 Visual Experience 2 2019/SP and 2018/SP
COM-235 Media and Society 2 2003/SP and 1999/SP
COM-268 Career Exploration 2 2001/FA and 2000/JN
COM-102 Media Writing Workshop 1 2006/JN
COM-110 Public Speaking 1 2001/SP
COM-375 Mass Media Process 1 1999/SP
COM-377 Organizational Communication 1 1999/SP
Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.