Dr. Mark Poindexter


* B.A. (summa cum laude), Communication Arts and French, Lindenwood College, 1973
* M.A., Management and Supervision, Central Michigan University, 1980
* Ph.D., Speech-Communication, University of Minnesota, 1987

Teaching Profile:

* Survey of Mass Media
* Critiquing Mass Media
* French Film and Other Media
* African and African American Film
* Broadcast and Cable Copywriting
* Theories of Mass Communication

Research Interests:

  • Political, social, and cultural dimensions of mass communication
  • Film criticism
  • Media in France and French speaking countries

  • Theories
  • Symbolic interactionism
  • Public sphere
  • Theory management
  • Civic culture
  • Cultural theory

  • Methods
  • Qualitative (semiotic, historical descriptive, case study, fantasy theme, frame, thematic, comparative systems)

Brief Biography:

Dr. Poindexter joined CMU in 1987. Prior to then he was editor of the Lexington (Mo.) Advertiser-News, reporter/producer and news director of KCUR-FM in Kansas City and director of broadcasting at North Dakota State University, where he also managed KDSU-FM. Since coming to CMU, he has taught courses in the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, spent a semester as a Fulbright lecturer in Morocco, taught journalism and film workshops in Africa and South America and was one of the founders of the CMU Film Society and Central Michigan International Film Festival. While on leave from BCA from 2008 to 2011, he headed CMU’s international office. Dr. Poindexter has traveled to more than 25 countries, (including multiple visits to France, China, Mexico, Morocco, Madagascar, Chile and India) for research, teaching and promotion of linkages between CMU and other educational institutions. His work has been published or accepted for publication in Film & History, Journal of Popular Culture, Journal of Radio Studies and Journal of Communication.