Mark Braun


Mark J. Braun served as the Provost at Gustavus from 2011 to 2016. Prior to that he served as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Augustana University, and as Associate Dean of the College at Gustavus.  He currently teaches Communication Law, a Challenge Curriculum capstone seminar "Media Writing: Covering Race and Justice," a First Term Seminar titled "Vital Speeches" and a Three Crowns Curriculum fine arts course titled "The Art of Photography."

Mark has an extensive record of service to the field of higher education and was awarded the Chief Academic Officer Award by the Council of Independent Colleges. He served on the board of directors and executive committee for the American Conference of Academic Deans (ACAD), on assessment and planning teams for the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), and on the board of directors for the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) in Washington DC.  He also was chair of the board of The Collaboration for the Advancement of College Teaching and Learning, and was on the executive committee of the board for the Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota.  He was awarded 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. Minnesota State University, 1988, B.S. Minnesota State University, 1981; School of Broadcasting, Brown College, 1977.

Courses Taught

IDS-244 (ST:Race & Media)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
FTS-100 FTS:Vital Speeches 9 2021/FA, 2020/FA, 2019/FA, 2018/FA, 2017/FA, 2001/FA, and 2000/FA
COM-211 Communication Law 3 2021/SP, 2021/JN, and 2020/JN
CUR-230 Visual Experience 3 2020/SP, 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
IDS-144 ST:Creativity, Cultr, Crisis 1 2020/FA
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.