Dr. Jeffrey Hobbs, associate professor of speech communication at The University of Texas at Tyler, has been named interim chair of the communication department, Dr. Alisa White, UT Tyler College of Arts and Sciences interim dean, announced.
Among carrying managerial duties, Hobbs will oversee the educational direction and faculty development within the department. Hobbs succeeds Dr. Roger Conaway, professor of communication, who will begin serving as president of the Association of Business Communication in October.
“I’m looking forward to continuing the tradition of the department, which is providing quality educational experiences to our students,” said Hobbs.
A UT Tyler faculty member since 2001, Hobbs holds a bachelor’s degree from Harding University, two master’s degrees from Abilene Christian University and a Ph.D. in communication studies from the University of Kansas. He also serves as UT Tyler debate coach.
His articles have appeared in Restoration Quarterly, The Forensic, Management Communication Quarterly and Contemporary Argumentation and Debate.
One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of nearly 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.