After earning his Master's degree in Slovak Language and History in the Faculty of Arts at Pavol Jozef Šafárik University, Slovakia (1984), a PhD in Slovak Language in the Faculty of Arts at Comenius University, Slovakia (1995) and his habilitation in the field of General Linguistics in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Prešov, Slovakia (2004), Dr Juraj Rusnák became an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Prešov.
From 2000 to 2012, he was Head of this Department. He has also been a member of the editorial boards of scientific journals such as Media Studies, Questions of Journalism, Analysis and Research in Marketing Communication, Art Communication & Popculture, and Language and Culture. He has also worked with various regional print and electronic media, such as Prešovské noviny, Večerník, Radio Regina, Flash Radio, Radio Prešov, and Sky Radio.
Juraj teaches modules in the field of production, distribution and consumption of electronic media texts; semiotics of media texts; theory of communication and media; social and cultural contexts of media production; analysis of the development and reflection of popular culture and genres in electronic media environment.
He is the author and co-author of several scientific monographs, such as Messages from the Second Hand: Communication Stereotypes and their Functioning in Electronic Media (2002) and Textures of Electronic Media: Development and Present State (2009) as well as university textbooks including Texts of Electronic Media (2010), Homo popularis – Homo medialis: Popular Culture in Electronic Media (2013) and Production and Reception of Radio and Television Text (2015).
He has received several research grants from the Jan Hus Educational Foundation, the Scientific Grant Agency of the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic and the Cultural and Educational Agency of the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic. Moreover, he has been a member of the Scientific Board of the Faculty of Arts of the Catholic University in Ruzomberok, Slovakia, and advisory boards for PhD study programmes at the Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Slovakia, and at the Catholic University in Ruzomberok.
In his spare time, Juraj enjoys spending time with his family and swimming in the natural waters of lakes. He also devotes himself to creating multimedia and editing graphics.