Chuck Marsh

Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development
Primary office:
Stauffer-Flint Hall
Room 314
University of Kansas
1435 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045-7515


Charles Marsh is the Oscar Stauffer Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas. As associate dean of research and faculty development, he facilitates and encourages faculty, graduate student and professional staff advancement. His primary areas of research involve public relations, ethics and classical rhetoric. His research has appeared in Public Relations InquiryJournal of Public Relations Research, Public Relations Review, Journalism and Mass Communication QuarterlyJournal of Mass Media Ethics and other journals. He is the author of Classical Rhetoric and Modern Public Relations: An Isocratean Model and co-author of the textbooks Public Relations: A Values-Driven Approach and Strategic Writing: Multimedia Writing for Public Relations, Advertising and More.

His current research interests involve examining the “fully functioning society theory” of public relations. Pioneered by Robert L. Heath, that theory holds that a core function of public relations involves working to build humane and effective societies. Toward that end, he is examining public relations through the lenses of evolutionary biology, social justice and classical rhetoric.

Academic Degrees

  • B.A., English, University of Kansas
  • M.A., English, University of Kansas
  • M. Phil, English, University of Kansas
  • Ph.D., English, University of Kansas


Oscar Stauffer Professorship in Journalism and Mass Communications, 2011

Keeler Intra-University Professorship, 2011

HOPE Award (Honor for Outstanding Progressive Educator) from University of Kansas senior class, 2005


  • Public Relations
  • Ethics
  • Classical Rhetoric


  • Classical Rhetoric and Modern Public Relations: An Isocratean Model (Routledge, 2013)
  • Public Relations: A Values-Driven Approach, 5th ed. (Allyn & Bacon, 2012, with co-author David W. Guth)
  • Strategic Writing: Multimedia Writing for PR, Advertising and More, 3rd ed. (Pearson, 2012, with co-authors David W. Guth and Bonnie Poovey Short)
  • “Converging on Harmony: Idealism, Evolution, and the Theory of Mutual Aid,” Public Relations Inquiry, 2012
  • “Precepts of Reflective Public Relations: An Isocratean Model,” Journal of Public Relations Research, 2010.

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