- Associate Professor of Communication
- Certificate in Documentary Arts, Emphasis in documentary film, Duke University, 2013
- Ph.D., American Studies, University of Maryland-College Park, 2005
- M.A., Liberal Studies –with emphases in Social and Public Policy, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., 1997
- M.A., Communication – Broadcast Journalism and Public Affairs, American University, Washington, D.C., 1990
- Bachelor of General Studies, with dual emphases in Business Administration and Communication, American University, Washington, D.C., 1989
Areas of Emphasis or Expertise
- Media Studies
- Filmmaking and Film Analysis
- Video Production
Dr. Wells is Director of the Center for Media Studies at PLU Associate Professor of Communication. Since 2006, Dr. Wells has guided and advised MediaLab, which has received national and international recognitions for its work in Public Relations, Marketing, Design and Documentary Filmmaking. Dr. Wells, who holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland – College Park, has more than 20 years of experience in print and broadcast journalism, business marketing and public relations.
- Women, Crime and Culture: Life Stories from the Washington Corrections Center for Women, (Lambert Academic Publishing, 2009) : View Book
- 2016 – National Broadcasting Society First Place Grand Prize in the Long-form documentary category as faculty advisor on the film “These Four Years.”
- 2015 – Nominated by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for a college/university category EMMY Award as faculty advisor on the documentary “Waste Not: Breaking Down the Food Equation.”
- 2014 – Nominated by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for a college/university category EMMY Award as faculty advisor on the documentary “Tapped Out: Unearthing the Global Water Crisis.”
- 2011 Accolade Award of Merit – in the Feature Documentary category as faculty advisor on the documentary film “Oil Literacy.” Presented in January 2011.
- 2010 Accolade Award of Merit – in the Feature Documentary category as faculty advisor on the documentary film “The New American Family: Defining Commitment in a Changing Society.” Presented in July 2010.
- 2010 Award of Excellence: From the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, signifying runner-up status in the 2010 EMMY competitions as faculty advisor on the documentary film “Point of Entry: Migrating to North America.”
- 2009 - Award of Excellence: Recipient of a 2009 EMMY Award in the college/university division from the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences as faculty advisor on the documentary film “Illicit Exchanges: Canada, the U.S. and Crime.”
Writer. Filmmaker. Columnist. Producer. Editor. Talk-show host. On-air reporter. Author. Commentator. Educator.
In a career spanning more than two decades, Robert Marshall Wells, Ph.D., has worked in multiple mass media roles. Dr. Wells, an Associate Professor of Communication, has shared his unique blend of skills and experiences with Pacific Lutheran University students since 2003.
Dr. Wells teaches courses in writing, reporting, editing, media studies and ethics. He is also the Co-Founder of and Faculty Adviser to MediaLab at PLU, an award-winning, invitation only, student-faculty research and applied internship program for highly motivated students. MediaLab students are engaged in activities that include public relations, advertising, documentary filmmaking, journalism, marketing and research, graphic design, photography and much more.
Under Dr. Wells’ direction, MediaLab has earned national and international recognitions, including two National Broadcasting Society Awards, three Broadcast Education Awards, three college division Emmy Award nominations, and one Emmy win.