Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Dr Mark Alan Cenite

Associate Dean
Principal Lecturer, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
Senior Lecturer, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information

Dr Mark Alan Cenite

I teach at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information and in the University Scholars Programme.

I've been an educator in communication law since 1998, in Asia since 2001. My interactive approach is grounded in pedagogical research about how students learn. I am a four-time recipient of Nanyang Technological University’s award for excellence in teaching. Most recently, I was awarded the Nanyang Education Award (University), which has three levels of distinction; I was awarded the highest, gold, and was named NTU’s “Educator of the Year” for 2016. Before that, I won at the school level in 2004 and 2008 and the college level award in 2014.

My current publishing is mainly of journalistic analysis and commentary, for a broad public audience, about legal issues.

As Associate Chair (Academic) from 2015 through June 2019, I oversaw all academic programmes at WKWSCI, which include the undergraduate, doctoral, research master’s, and master’s coursework programmes. Before that, I served as Associate Chair (Undergraduate Studies) from 2013-15, Assistant Chair (2013, and 2006-2008) and Acting Head of the Division of Communication Research (2008-2010).

I have a Juris Doctor degree (the American law degree, which is a postgraduate degree) from Stanford Law School and a PhD in mass communication from the University of Minnesota. My bachelor's degree is in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I received the Bok Teaching Certificate in Higher Education Pedagogy from Harvard University's Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning in 2018, upon completion of their online programme.

I have also taught media law at Hong Kong Baptist University’s School of Communication, the University of Denver, and my doctoral institution, the University of Minnesota.

My name is pronounced chay-NEE-tay (I’m Italian-American), although I’m not too particular about the exact pronunciation.
Research Interests
My work focuses on constitutional law and law and policy issues raised by new communication technologies, especially artificial intelligence.
Current Projects
  • Nanyang Education Award (University) 2016
  • Transforming Team-Based Learning to Humanities and Social Science courses
  • Understanding Singaporeans' attitudes toward homosexuality and perceptions of media portrayals of lesbians and gays: A longitudinal investigation
Selected Publications
  • Cenite, Mark. (2018). Facebook’s fake news crisis is a product of Silicon Valley culture.Channel NewsAsia, April 3.
  • Cenite, M. (2018). American inaction on gun control has deep roots.The Straits Times, March 26.
  • Benjamin H Detenber, Cenite, M., Zhou, S., Malik, S., & Neo, R.L. (2014). Rights versus Morality: Online debate about decriminalization of gay sex in Singapore.. Journal of Homosexuality, 61(9), 1313-1333.
  • Cenite, M., Detenber, B.H., Koh, W.K.A., Lim, L.H.A., & Ng, E.S. (2009). Doing the right thing online: A survey of bloggers’ ethical beliefs and practices. New Media & Society, 11(4), 575-597.
  • Cenite, M., Wang, M.W., Chong, P.W. & Chan, G.S. (2009). More than just free content: File sharing and the use of peer-to-peer networks. Journal of Communication Inquiry, 33(3), 206-221.

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