Dr Sky Marsen

Senior Lecturer

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Research expertise

Research intetests include writing in professional contexts, crisis communication, semiotics and discourse analysis.

Research expertise

Research intetests include writing in professional contexts, crisis communication, semiotics and discourse analysis.

place Education Building (3121)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Sky Marsen has international educational and teaching experience. Her research expertise is in organizational communication, professional writing and text linguistics. She is interested in how language is used in professional contexts and the effects of writing style and document design to achieve different purposes. She has researched and taught a variety of subjects, including the ways organizations manage and respond to crisis, and perceptions of science and technology in popular culture. Her approach is informed by discourse analysis, narrative theory, semiotics, and qualitative methods of text analysis.

Sky Marsen has extensive experience in advising graduate students and researchers on communication, writing grant applications, and publishing. In addition, she advises scientists on communicating with the public. For example, she has worked with researchers on language and communication strategies at NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, Caltech, and the Center for Excellence in Research, University of Southern California. In addition to academic experience, she consults business clients, including IBM and Xero Accounting.

Sky Marsen is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Business Communication, the News Editor and Communication Officer of the Association for Business Communication, and member of the Editorial Team of The Journal of Evolution and Technology.

At Flinders, Sky Marsen developed and coordinates the Bachelor of Media and Communication and is Director of the Language, Literature and Culture Program. 


PhD Communication and Linguistics, Monash University, Australia

MA Information and Communication Studies, University of Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle

BA Hons Linguistics and Cognitive Science, University of London (University College)

Graduate Diploma in Interactive Multimedia Technologies, Edith Cowan University, Australia

Honours, awards and grants

IBM Collaborative Computing Scholar

Recipient of the C. R. Anderson Research Grant for Business Communication

Key responsibilities

Program Director - Language, Literature and Culture

Coordinator - Bachelor of Media and Communication

Research expertise
Business and management
Communication and media studies
Journalism and professional writing
Language studies
Research interests

Business communication

Public Relations

Discourse Analysis

Professional Writing

Public Understanding of Science


Technology in popular culture


Teaching interests

Professional Writing, Organizational Communication, Science Communication, Public Relations, Research Skills

Topic coordinator
COMS2000 Organizational Communication
PROF2003 Journalism
COMS9001 Communicating Research
LING2103 Language, Culture and Communication
PROF2001 Technical Writing
PROF3004 Advertising and Public Relations
PROF3005 Writing for Business and the Public Sector
Topic lecturer
ENVS7702 Research Project Design and Conduct
COMS1001 Academic and Professional Communication
SPOC1701 The Nature of Science (Writing for Science)
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Transhumanism (-1)
Associate supervisor: Narrative Methods (1), Writing (1)
Expert for media contact
Communication and interpersonal skills
Available for contact via
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+61 8 82012092
0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Language/Linguistics
  • Reasoning
  • Writing

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