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Robertson School journalism professor wins VCU Distinguished Teaching Award

Jul 20, 2017

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Messner, Marcus
Messner, Marcus

‌Marcus Messner, Ph.D., an associate professor of journalism in the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture, has been announced as the winner of the VCU Distinguished Teaching Award—one of the highest teaching honors a faculty member may receive from the university.

"Dr. Messner is truly a stellar teacher," said Director of the Robertson School Hong Cheng, Ph.D. "His endeavors, accomplishments and impacts in innovative teaching are multifaceted, time-tested and outstanding, with strong national and international reputation. He is an invaluable resource to the Robertson School, VCU and the field of media. This award affirms his status as one of the top educators at the university."

The Distinguished Teaching Award, which is given by the Office of the President at VCU,  is intended to honor faculty members at VCU that have proven themselves to be a vital member of the teaching community at the university. Messner has been in the Robertson School for a decade, where he has taught classes on mobile and social media journalism, social media campaigns and leadership, global communication, global health and social media and social media research.

"I am very honored by this award," Messner said. "VCU and the Robertson School have always supported me to pursue my teaching projects and allowed me to create disruptive change in the classroom. I am very grateful for that. Being recognized in this way is quite humbling, but I take it as encouragement to keep pushing the envelope and immerse our students in the latest technologies."

Messner will accept the award next month at the 35th Annual VCU Faculty Convocation.