Mark West, Ph.D.

304 Karpen Hall, CPO 2120

Office Hours

  • Tue: 

    • 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
  • Wed: 

    • 10:00 a.m. - noon
  • Thu: 

    • 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Dr. West teaches newswriting, mass communication theory, politics, and survey research courses, as well as courses in UNCA's Jewish Studies Program. Dr. West's research on public opinion and media coverage of war garnered the prestigious ICA Kyoon Hur Dissertation Award and the AEJMC Nafziger-White Dissertation Award, both in 1992. He holds degrees in classics, literature, radio, motion pictures and television and mass communication research from UNCA and UNC at Chapel Hill, and edited Theory, Method, and Practice in Computer Content Analysis and Applications of Computer Content Analysis with Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers on computer analysis of textual material. West is on the editorial board of Journal of Mass Communication and Journalism.  He is the author or co-author of three other books in journalism and the humanities, has written forewords to two other books, and is at work on a forthcoming book about the epistemology of group communication.  West's research interests include the ontology and teleological nature of knowledge.


  • Ph.D., Mass Communication Research, School of Journalism, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.A.C., Radio, Television and Motion Pictures, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.A., Classics; Literature; Unversity of North Carolina at Asheville

Current Courses Taught

  • Mass Communication Theory
  • International Mass Communication
  • Mass Media and Politics
  • Copy Editing
  • Editorial Writing
  • Newswriting