Mark Ward Sr. University of Houston-Victoria
Mark Ward Sr. (PhD, Clemson University, 2010) is a professor of communication at the University of Houston-Victoria. His ethnographic research on religious communication and media has been published in more than forty scholarly articles and essays. These works are cited for their innovative applications of organizational communication theory to analyze congregational cultures.
His seven books include the multivolume series The Electronic Church in the Digital Age (2016, Praeger), which received the Clifford G. Christians Ethics Research Award, Introduction to Public Speaking: An Inductive Approach (2022, FlatWorld), and most recently God Talk: The Problem of Divine-Human Communication (2023, Peter Lang). His book Inside Evangelicalism: The Culture of Conservative White Christianity (Lexington Books) is forthcoming. He is the originator and author of Speech Codes Theory Proposition 8.
Dr. Ward is a winner of the David R. Maines Narrative Research Award, Digital Religion Research Award, and multiple Article of the Year awards from the Religious Communication Association. In 2022 he was named Outstanding Scholar in Communication Theory by the Southern States Communication Association and in 2018 named his institution’s scholar of the year. Currently he serves on National Communication Association Legislative Assembly, Religious Communication Association Executive Council, and the editorial boards of the Journal of Communication and Religion, Journal of Media and Religion, and Women & Language.
Before entering academe, Dr. Ward was communications director and journal editor for several national nonprofit organizations. As an independent writer he has authored more than 2,000 feature articles for national trade and professional magazines, and as a broadcaster his experience ranges from local radio announcer and deejay to national program syndication and voice talent.