Carl  Hyden

Assistant Dean


M.A. - Communication/Rhetoric; Ohio University
M.A. - Theatre History and Criticism; Ohio University
B.A. - Speech and Theatre; Bloomsburg University

Carl Hyden is Assistant to the Chair. He came to MSU in 1995 after 16 years working first for Baltimore Mayor, then Maryland Governor William Donald Schaefer. In those years, he wrote speeches, planned events, lobbied and tracked legislation and more.

While at MSU, he has taught courses ranging from political communication and propaganda to public relations and advertising. Research interests include communication and electoral politics and political advertising. Presented paper topics have included the Anne Arundel County slots referendum, Huey Long and Governor Schaefer’s rhetorical style.

A more recent research interest involves visual communication and the ways in which monuments and architecture inhabit place and communicate what is important to society. In line with this latter interest, he presented a paper entitled “Two Memorials to Thurgood Marshall: How Marylanders Have Chosen to View a Native Son” at the 2012 Eastern Communication Association Conference.

He actively participates in the National Communication Association, the Eastern Communication Association and the Maryland Communication Association, including multiple program presentations. In addition, he has taken active roles in governance of both ECA and MCA.