Dr Sky Marsen

Senior Lecturer

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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

Sky Marsen has international educational and teaching experience. Her research expertise is in strategic communication, organizational communication, and discourse analysis. She researches 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 variety of subjects, including the ways organizations manage and respond to crisis, media communication, and perceptions of science and technology in popular culture. Her approach is informed by 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 in which she teaches crisis communication, strategic communication, journalist studies, and business communication, and the graduate course COMS9001 Communicating Research.

Google Scholar


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

Flinders 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

Director of Communication Program - Bachelor of Media and Communication, Master of Media and Communication

Program Director of Language, Literature, Culture and Society (LLCS) Program, July 2018 to December 2020.

Teaching interests

Strategic Communication, Business Communication Crisis Communication, Science Communication, Writing in the Disciplines and Professions, Research Skills

Topic coordinator
LING2103 Discourse and Media
COMS3004 Strategic Communication
COMS3005 Business Communication
COMS1004 Digital and Social Media
COMS2000 Crisis Communication
COMS9001 Communicating Research
LING1501 How Language Works
COMS2003 Journalism
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