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About Mark Congdon Jr.

Dr. Mark Congdon Jr. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Sacred Heart University. His research and teaching focuses on active learning and innovative teaching practices that increase the civic engagement and career readiness of students. Specifically, Mark centers Universal Design for Learning with a (critical) service-learning framework in his course designs. Mark’s research has been published in Communication Education, Communication Teacher, The Qualitative Report, and Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning & Civic Engagement, among others.
Dr. Congdon teaches PR and Advertising courses in the Department of Communication Studies. His courses are designed through a service-learning framework, where students gain hands-on experience partnering with local organizations and community partners to develop PR & Advertising materials. Through this hands-on experience, students develop a pre-professional portfolio to aid their career preparation.
Dr. Congdon holds a Ph.D. in Communication with a concentration in Social Entrepreneurship in Communication Pedagogy and Educational Leadership from the University of Maine. Mark is also a National Board Member of U.S.-El Salvador Sister Cities, a nonprofit dedicated to creating a cultural-economic model of relationships between the US and El Salvador based on social justice, solidarity, and empowerment. He is a former special education teacher and a Teach for America alumnus. Outside of teaching and research, Mark is a huge Buffalo Bills fan, loves to cook, perform karaoke, and travel, especially to the beach.


August 2020 - Present Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Sacred Heart University School of Communication, Media & the Arts
August 2018 - 2020 Assistant Professor, The College of Saint Rose ‐ Department of Communications
2017 - 2018 Lecturer, University of North Texas ‐ Department of Communication Studies
July 2014 - July 2017 Communication Instructor/Teaching Assistant, University of Maine ‐ Department of Communication and Journalism

Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2019 - Present National Board Member, U.S.-El Salvador Sister Cities
2018 - Present Member, Popular Culture Association
2018 - Present Member, Public Relations Society of America
2012 - Present Member, National Communication Association
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Honors and Awards

  • 2019-2020 Capital Region Engaged Scholar Teacher Fellow, The College of Saint Rose


2018 Ph.D. Communication, University of Maine
2013 M.A. Communication Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
2008 B.A. Communication Studies, Wilkes University

Contact Information

School of Communication, Media and the Arts
Martire Center


Peer Reviewed Research Articles (9)

Peer Reviewed Book Chapters (3)

Book Reviews in Peer Reviewed Journals (1)

Dissertation (1)

News Articles (4)

News stories in which I was quoted in.