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Dr Marilyn Mitchell

Assistant Professor

Level 3, Building 1a, Faculty of Society & Design, Bond University

Faculty of Society & Design

Accepting PhD Students

Professional biography

Marilyn has pursued a career in both academia and industry. She has lectured in communication at Southern Connecticut State University, KVB Institute of Technology, and Sydney Institute of Technology. She has also worked in professional communication positions in IBM (USA), Quoin Technology, Brown and Caldwell, Corporate Success Group, and Pioneer Construction Materials. In these positions, she has held a variety of Training Manager and Writer positions. She was formerly the Manager of the Communication Research Centre of Sydney, which undertook research services, professional communication contracts and communication audits for several Sydney-based clients. As a professional writer, she has been directly involved in technical documentation, training video scripts, marketing brochures, and educational training materials. She has also managed training in a corporate environment, and delivered professional marketing presentations to Wall St, New York clients for IBM. Following her studies at Duke University, she undertook a second Masters in the field of technical communication at RPI. She also undertook a PhD (ABD) in Organisational Communication at RPI (New York) before migrating to Australia in 1993. In 2006, she completed her PhD in Design through the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Her dissertation is titled “The Visual Representation of Time” and is about interface design theory and its practical application in developing informative graphics.

Research interests

My career has spanned both industry and academia. Prior to lecturing at Bond University, I worked for the IBM Corporation USA as an Information Developer in the Kingston, New York laboratory,  as a Systems Engineer in New York City marketing, and as a sub-headquarters staff member in internal public relations. I also taught Communication at Southern Connecticut State University, KVB College of Visual Communication in Sydney, and Sydney Institute of Technology, Randwick.

I am interested in visual communication and representation generally, and have conducted research on the development of information graphics, effective road signage, illness blogs, media reports of the 2016 Great Barrier Reef bleaching event, and, most recently, feminist film. 


Teaching expertise

Organisational Communication and Leadership Diversity and Intercultural Training Group and Team Communication: Sharing Leadership Communication Training and Consultancy Management

Professional admissions

  • Secretary of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association

Professional appointments

  • Editorial Board Member - PRism Online PR Journal


  • Bachelor of Science Engineering Duke University
  • Masters of Science Duke University
  • Masters of Science Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Graduate Diploma Vocational Education and Training University of Technology, Sydney
  • Doctor of Philosophy University of Technology, Sydney

Fields of Research

  • Communication and media studies

Statement for HDR students

I am able to supervise many topics within the field of communication and welcome expressions of interest from motivated PhD and Masters by Research candidates.

I have supported my research students in successfully publishing their work, and have previously co-supervised a PhD thesis on the culture of photojournalists.

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