Department of Media Studies

A bridge between thinking and practicing media

Department Faculty:

  • Robin Davies
  • Joy Gugeler
  • Ravindra Mohabeer, Ph.D. – Chair
  • Debra Pentecost, Ph.D.
  • Doug Stetar
  • Alanna Williams
  • Department Technician:

  • Chris Alemany
  • Contract Faculty:

  • Ashley Blacquiere
  • Richard Boyce
  • Affiliated Faculty:

  • Daniel Burgoyne
    x Daniel Burgoyne

    Daniel Borgoyne, Chair, Department of English, VIU, developed INTR 100, “Popular Culture and University Writing” and INTR 101, “Digital Media and Literature,” with Media Studies faculty member, Doug Stetar. Daniel is often engaged in co-teaching these INTR course offerings. http://english.viu.ca/daniel-burgoyne

  • Kevin Mazutinec
    x Kevin Mazutinec
  • Honourary Associate:

  • Marshall Soules
  • Support Staff

  • Ros Davies
    x Ros Davies


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    Marshall Soules

    Marshall Soules

    Marshall Soules

    Marshall Soules (BA Middlebury; MA/Ph.D. Rutgers) was an instructor at VIU (formerly Malaspina) from 1987 to 2009. Previously, he taught at various universities and colleges; owned and operated Raincoast Construction (Vancouver); and promoted music and dance in the Lower Mainland.


    Beginning in the mid-1990s, Marshall and colleagues in the English Department began offering Media Studies courses with a core focus on media ecology. In 2004, with a number of Media Studies courses in place, the department merged with the Digital Media Technology group and designed the curriculum for a Media program balancing theory with practice. This BA degree proposal was approved in 2008.


    In 2009, Marshall retired from VIU to continue his own writing and photography projects. Since then, he has published Media, Persuasion and Propaganda (Edinburgh UP, 2015) and written a screenplay called Noble Lies. He is currently working on Cuba’s Revolutionary Landscape, a case study in visual ethnography, and working with his partner as a mediator and conflict resolution coach. He continues as an Honorary Research Associate at VIU and gives occasional lectures on media topics.