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Dr. Mark D. Cruea

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
Communication and Media Studies
119 Performing Arts Center
525 S. Main Street
Ada, OH 45810
Professional Experience: 

Professor Cruea has more than 20 years teaching experience and a varied background that includes business, computers and communication. His wealth of personal experience is brought into the classroom to help students understand the real-world impacts of the concepts discussed in the classroom. Cruea also serves the Department of Communication and Media Studies as the interpersonal communication course director and internship coordinator. He also is the faculty co-advisor for ONU's Colleges Against Cancer and Relay for Life.

  • Ph.D.-Communication, Bowling Green State University
  • MA English-Technical Communication, Bowling Green State University
  • MEd Education-Post-Secondary Education, Bowling Green State University
  • BSBA-FInance, The Ohio State University
Teaching Interests: 
  • Video Games
  • Visual Communication
  • Media Effects
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Convergent Media
  • Technical Communication
  • Political Economy
  • 2015-ONU Outstanding Faculty Member Nominee - Theta Chi
  • 2013-Greek Scholarship Banquest Guest Speaker
  • 2010-Ohio Northern University – Alpha Xi Delta Professor of the Month – October
  • 2010-Honorary Survivor and Opening Speaker: ONU Relay for Life
  • 2001-Findlay/Hancock County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Educator
  • 1997-Findlay/Hancock County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Educator
Research Interests: 
My primary research interests are focused on video games, including issues of race and gender, as well as the video game industry from a political economy standpoint. Other interests include visual communication and convergent media.
Selected Publications: 
  • Cruea, M., & Park, S. (2012). Gender Disparity in Video Game Usage: A Third-Person Perception-Based Explanation. Media Psychology, 15(1), 44-67. doi:10.1080/15213269.2011.648861
  • Cruea, M. D. (2011). The virtual hand: Exploring the societal impact of video game industry business models. Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green State University.
  • Cruea, M. D. (1999). Knowledge of software and operating systems needed by two-year college graduates as perceived by Northwest Ohio businesses. Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green State University.