Associate Professor Sky Marsen

Associate Professor

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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

Sky Marsen has an international background with expertise in organizational communication, professional writing and discourse studies. Her research focuses on how language is used in professional contexts and the effects of writing style and document design on achieving different purposes. She has researched and taught a range of communication subjects, including the ways organizations manage and respond to crisis, media technologies, and social perceptions of science. Her approach is informed by narrative theory, semiotics, and text analysis.

Sky Marsen has extensive experience in advising graduate students and researchers on communicating to different audiences and in different media, on writing grant applications, and publishing. Also, 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.

Among her professional engagements, Dr Marsen serves as Associate Editor of the International Journal of Business Communication, member of the Regional Advisory Committee of the Global Council for Anthropological Linguistics, and member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Communication, Management Communication Quarterly, and the Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management.

At Flinders University, she developed and coordinates the Bachelor of Media and Communication in which she teaches crisis communication, discourse studies, strategic communication, and business communication, and the graduate course Communicating Research.

Google Scholar

ORCID 0000-0001-7277-7386


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 (UCL)

Honours, awards and grants

Association for Business Communication Rising Star Award 2022,

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Teaching Excellence Award 2021

IBM Collaborative Computing Scholar

Recipient of the C. R. Anderson Research Grant for Business Communication, 2019

Key responsibilities

Organizer of international symposium on the current state and future of communication studies, 'Educating Global Communicators',

Co-Organizer of seminar, 'Exploring the impact of AI on communication and media' (with the Australia and New Zealand Communication Association),

Coordinator of the Bachelor of Media and Communication

Member of the Digital Literacy and Academic Integrity Working Group, Flinders University

Member of the Non-Traditional Research Outputs (NTRO) Committee, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Teaching Program Director of Language, Literature, Culture and Society (LLCS), 2019-2021.

Teaching interests

Business Communication, Professional and Academic Writing, Discourse Studies, Crisis Communication, Science Communication, Semiotics, Research Skills, Narrative in different media

Topic coordinator
LING2103 Discourse and Media
COMS3004 Strategic Communication
COMS3005 Business Communication
COMS2000 Crisis Communication
COMS9001 Communicating Research
LING1501 How Language Works
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Professional Writing (1), Narrative Methods (1)
Associate supervisor: Multimodal Communication, Journalism in Multilingual Communities (1)
Principal supervisor: Professional Writing (1)
Expert for media contact
Communication and interpersonal skills
Contemporary Cultural & Political Issues
English language
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Media expertise
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Contemporary Cultural & Political Issues
  • Culture
  • English language
  • Management
  • Reasoning
  • Writing