March 12, 2012

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 3, Issue 1

Dr. Mark Barner

by John M. Curtin

Dr. Mark Barner.

Dr. Mark Barner.

Dr. Mark Barner has never left college. In 1985 he entered Lock Haven University, graduating with a bachelor's Journalism and then in 1992 he moved on to Clarion University for his master's degree in communications.  After attending both schools in Pennsylvania, he moved to Ohio where he earned his doctorate's title in mass communication at Ohio University in 1995. Immediately afterwards, he came to Niagara University as a professor in the communications department.
Teaching allows me to continue to learn. I believe that you can never stop learning, Barner says.
In 2000, Barner became chairman of the communications department and headed it up until spring 2011.  He's taught a few introduction courses, but his focus has been on video-related courses for the past 17 years.
When I started, we were still editing in video tape. The past 15 years has been a whole new world, Barner says.
In perspective, he has seen the advent of technologies in computers and digital media and he's needed to keep up with it all. Perhaps it's this never ending need for adaptation, or his admiration toward the sci-fi memorabilia displayed in his office that makes him most interesting. However, many may say it's his humorous ways in the classroom that really perk the interest of students.
I treat students as equals. I don't approach it like I'm an expert. I also at least try to introduce humor into my lectures, Barner says.
At registration time, Barner's classes are among the first to fill. It isn't difficult to wonder why.

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