The College of Outreach and Distance Education Names New Assistant Dean

Patrick Hughes, chairman of the Department of Communications Studies named assistant dean for college programs for the College of Outreach and Distance Education.

Patrick Hughes, chairman of the Department of Communications Studies named assistant dean for college programs for the College of Outreach and Distance Education

Hughes will oversee operations and advising for the Bachelor of General Studies program and help develop additional programs.

Texas Tech University’s chairman of the Department of Communication Studies was chosen as the assistant dean for college programs for the College of Outreach and Distance Education.

Patrick Hughes’ primary responsibility will be to oversee operations and advising for the bachelor of general studies program. Also, he will work with other colleges to develop additional academic programs.

A veteran faculty member, Hughes started his career at Texas Tech in August 2000 as an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies. He served as department chairman since 2007.

Hughes has been published extensively on topics such as interpersonal communication in health contexts and marital communication processes. He is a member of the National Communication Association, the Western States Communication Association and the American Association of University Professors.

Matt Baker, dean of the College of Outreach and Distance Education, said that he is excited about the addition of Hughes to the staff.

“Having Dr. Hughes join the team at this college is vital to the success of the bachelor of general studies program,” Baker said. “I am confident that the program, its students and staff will excel under his leadership.”

Originally from Chicago, Hughes earned a bachelor’s degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., and a master’s degree from Illinois State University in Normal, Ill., before earning his doctorate at the University of Denver.


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