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Russell Lowery-Hart, Ph.D.

Vice-President for Academic Affairs

Amarillo College

5012 Williamsburg Place


rdloweryhart@actx.edu

806.679.8036 (cell)





Academic Background

Ohio University Ph.D. Gender & Diversity in Communication 1996

Texas Tech University M.A. Communication Studies 1993

West Texas A&M University B.S. Speech Communication 1991



Professional Experience

Amarillo College

  • Vice-President for Academic Affairs 2010-present

Report to President; Member of President’s Cabinet; provide direct supervision for eleven professional staff members; responsible for five campuses, eleven departments, thirty-two programs, over 120 degrees and certificate, and over 220 full-time faculty; Management oversight for an annual budget of over $27 million.
West Texas A&M University

  • Associate Provost for Academic Affairs 2006-2010

Executive Director, First Year Experience 2005-06

Faculty Senate President 2004-05

Chair, SACS Quality Enhancement Plan 2003-05

Graduate Coordinator, Speech Communication 2001-04

Professor of Speech Communication, Full Professor Rank 2009 1998-2010

Director of Forensics 1998-2002

As Associate Provost - Reported to Provost; Member of Provost Council; Chaired Associate Dean’s Council; Direct supervision for seven professional staff members; Responsible for four departments and offices; Management oversight for annual budget of over $8 million.
St. Edward’s University


  • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies; Director of Internship Program 1996-98

Taught and developed communication courses; advised seventy-five students; supervised one professional staff; developed business connections for internship placements and evaluations; Service-Learning coordinator for School of Humanities; Managed annual budget of approximately $110,000.

Ohio University



Taught communication courses; Assistant Head Coach for the Speech and Debate team over Individual Events and travel logistics; Directed and hosted two speech tournaments each year.
Texas Tech University

  • Assistant Forensics Coach, Coordinator of Individual Events 1991-93

Taught communication courses; Assistant Head Coach for the Speech and Debate team over Individual Events instruction, recruiting, travel logistics; Directed and hosted two speech tournaments each year.

Professional Expertise

Administrative:

Curriculum development; Fundraising; Poverty Systemic Reduction Planning; Learning Communities Expansion; Branch Campus Development and Management; Study Abroad Planning; Honors Program Leadership; Technical Program Development; Transfer Program Development; Retention Planning; First Year Experience Planning; Developmental Education Reformation; Common Reader Program Development; Core Curriculum Reformation; Appreciative Advising; Academic Student Orientation Leadership; FYE Courses; Peer Leader Programs; Student Support Services (TRiO); Faculty Development; P-16 Council; Program Review and Learning Outcome Assessments; Grant Development and Management; and SACS Accreditation (QEP).


Teaching:

Intercultural Communication; Team and Small Group Communication; Training and Development; Leadership; Interpersonal communication; Communication Theory; Performance of Literature; Public Speaking; and Forensics.


Research:

First-Year Experience; Learning Communities; Service-Learning; Diverse Student Populations; Training and Development; Student Success; Common Reading Programs; and Study Abroad.


LEADERSHIP APPOINTMENTS and AWARDS

  • National Academic Leader of the Year Award, 2014, National Council of Instructional Administrators

  • Partners for Postsecondary Success Gates Grant ($1.5M), Amarillo, Executive Committee Chair, elected

  • LEAP Texas, Board of Directors, 2011-2014

  • West Texas A&M University Communication Hall of Fame, 2013

  • President, Panhandle twenty/20 Consortium of community leaders for Top 26 Counties of Panhandle

  • Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Undergraduate Advisory Committee 2006-11, Chair, elected

  • P-16 Regional Advisor, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board 2010 - 2014, appointed

  • Panhandle P-16 Management Council, 2007-2013, appointed

  • Outstanding First Year Student Advocate 2008, 1 of 10 internationally, National Resource Center

  • Distinguished Leadership Award, West Texas A&M University, 2008

  • Harvard Management Development Program 2007, graduate

  • Texas A&M University System Faculty Governance Task Force 2005-06, appointed

  • West Texas A&M University Faculty Senate President 2004, elected

  • Texas Speech Communication Association 2005, President, 500 membership, elected

  • Chair, SACS Quality Enhancement Plan 2003-2009, appointed

  • Coach of the Year - AFA Carroll & Barbara Hickey Award, 2002

  • Teaching Excellence Award - St. Edward's University, 1998

LEADERSHIP IMPACT HIGHLIGHTS

2010 - Present

  • Achieving the Dream Core Team, chair; Brought Achieving the Dream to Amarillo College

  • Student Success increases in gateway courses, developmental education, and completion rates

  • Systemic Approach to Poverty Reduction - over $2M in resources directly to under-resourced students fundraising plan for $6M new branch campus

  • Developed eight new programs in technical and transfer

  • Administration for over $15M federal grants

  • Over 24,000 Continuing Education Enrollments – Largest in Texas

  • Developed, implemented and fundraised for Study Abroad program for travel to China, Germany, Cambodia

  • Developed new approach to ESL programs for the 42 different languages represented in community

  • Developed, implemented and fundraised to pilot Benefit Bank for entire state of Texas

  • Expansion and integration of tutoring within gateway courses with 11% increase in student success

2009-1998

  • Supervise, plan, implement, and assess WTAMU Retention Plan with 6% increase in retention

  • Supervise and assess SACS QEP

  • Supervise and evaluate all academic program assessment and 5 year program review

  • Design and implement Core Fellows faculty learning community

  • Chair, Core Curriculum Committee

  • Supervise Director of Learning Communities for linked courses, 54 learning communities campus wide

  • Supervise Peer Leader Internship Program, 32 students

  • P-16 Council Executive Council: Designed and chartered a P-16 Council for Texas Panhandle

  • Readership WT Ambassador Travel Program: Created and raised $350,000 to travel a group of students to a country that related to the common reader text

  • Planned and implemented the New Faculty Orientation

  • Responsible for New Student Orientation planning and supervision of NSO coordinator

  • Supervised the Director of the WTAMU Amarillo Center with 52 course offerings and 17 faculty

  • Coordinate hiring of student interns and supervise Director of Learning Communities who oversees interns

  • Interdisciplinary Group Dynamics 1071 core course: Hire, train, and evaluate 124 faculty

  • STARR Center: Developed and reframed a centralized advising program for all first year students

  • Intimate Conversation with Elie Wiesel Event – Designed, implemented, facilitated – raised $260,000

  • Created, designed and implemented Faculty Excellence Center for faculty development

  • Director of Forensics: Coached speech team, travelled to over 15 tournaments a year, directed and hosted all Academic UIL events for 4 Districts, hosted several high school and college tournaments

Intellectual Contributions

Refereed Articles

  • Simmons, J., Lowery-Hart, R., Wahl, S. & McBride, M. (2013). Understanding the African-American Student Experience in Higher Education Through a Relational Dialectics Perspective, Communication Education, 62:4, 376-394, DOI: 10.1080/03634523.2013.813631

  • Cuevas, M., Campbell, K., Lowery-Hart, R., Mallard, J., & Andersen, A. (2009). Using faculty learning communities to link FYE and high risk courses: A pilot study. Journal of Learning Communities Research.

  • Lowery-Hart, R., Mallard, J., Cuevas, M., Andersen, A., & Campbell, C. (2008). We''ll give you the story; you make it your own: Developing an Assessment survey for Common Reader Programs. Journal of Enrollment Management.

  • Lowery-Hart, R. & Campbell, K. (2008). Connecting common reading and study abroad. E-Source for College Transition.

  • Lowery-Hart, R., Graves, M., Sanders, M., & LaBove, S. (2003). I feel caged: A metaphoric analysis of the African-American student experience in Higher Education. Texas Speech Communication Journal, 28.

  • Williams, D., Carver, C., & Lowery-Hart, R. (2002). Is it time for a change in impromptu speaking? National Forensic Journal, 20.

  • Emmers, T. & Hart, R. (1996). Romantic disengagement and coping rituals. Communication Research Reports, 13.

  • Hart, R. & Williams, D. (1995). Able-bodied instructors and students with disabilities: A relationship handicapped by communication. Communication Education, 44.

  • Williams, D., Carver, C., & Hart, R. (1993). Is it time for a change in impromptu speaking? National Forensic Journal, 11.

  • Lowery-Hart, R. (1992). Using selective speaker order to improve student motivation. Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Journal.

Invited Articles/Reviews

  • Lowery-Hart, R. (2008). To award or not to award. National Forensic Journal, 26. (Invited or not refereed)

Book

  • Thomas-Maddox, T. & Lowery-Hart, R. (1998). Communicating with Diverse Students, Acton, MA: Tapestry.

Book Chapters

  • Lowery-Hart, R. & Pacheco, G. (2011). Understanding the First-Generation Student Experience in Higher Education through a Relational Dialectic Perspective. In T. H. Housel (Ed.) Faculty and First-Generation College Students: Bridging the Classroom Gap Together, pp41-54. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

  • Pacheco, G., Pacheco, B., & Lowery-Hart, R. (2009). Voices from the margins: Homies as positive identity reinforcement. Accepted, In M. A. Holling & B. M. Calafell (Ed.) Somos de un Voz?: New Directions in Latin@ Communication.

  • Lowery-Hart, R., Cuevas, M., Mallard, J., & Andersen, A. (2008). First year seminar success at West Texas A&M University. In Exploring the Evidence: Reporting Research on First-Year Seminars, Vol. IV.

  • Lowery-Hart, R. (2005). Persuasive Speaking: Service-Learning. In T. Hanson (Ed.) More than Public Speaking: An Introduction to Communication, (pp. 292-301). Boston: Pearson.

Supplemental Book

  • Stewart, S., Lowery-Hart, R., & Mitchell, I. (1998). Inviting transformation Presentational Speaking Workbook. Manhattan, KS:  Burgess International Group.

  • Williams, D., Sorenson, P., Hart, R., & Clowers, M. (1992). Activities manual for developing public speaking skills. Lubbock:  Burgess International Group.

  • Hays, K., Hart, R., O'Hair, D., Allman, J., & Stone, M. (1991). Interpersonal communication workbook. Edina, MN: Bellwether Press.


Presentation of Refereed Papers

International

  • Lowery-Hart, R. (2014). No Excuses: The Amarillo College Story. Presented at the International Conference on Teaching and Learning, Pointe Verda Beach, Florida.

  • Byers, L. & Lowery-Hart, R. (1996). I had my own identity for the first time in my life: The relational dialectics between self and society. Presented at International Communication Association, Chicago, Illinois.

  • Lowery-Hart, R. (1996). May I help you with that wheelchair? Using simulations to reduce uncertainty and enhance understanding of the culture of disability. Presented at International Communication Association, Chicago, Illinois.

  • Lowery-Hart, R. & Smith, J. (1996). Instructors with Disabilities in the classroom: Helping students overcome the handicap of stereotypes. Presented at International Communication Association, Chicago, Illinois.

National

  • Lowery-Hart, R., Crowley, C., Sobey, F., & Waguspack, M. (2014). Conquering Composition through Course Redesign. Presented at the Annual DREAM Institution, Orlando, Florida.

  • Lowery-Hart, R., Clunis, T., Forrester, L., Bigham, L, & Palacio, B. (2014). Community Collaborative and Education Attainment. Presented at the Annual DREAM Institution, Orlando, Florida.

  • Lowery-Hart, R. (2013). No Excuses: Achieving Student Success and Completion of First-Generation and Low Income Students through a Comprehensive Support Network. Presented at Annual Conference on the First Year Experience, Orlando.

  • Lowery-Hart, R. (2009). The translocal properties of performing literature: An intercultural experience.   Presented at National Communication Association, San Diego, California.

  • Lowery-Hart, R., Campbell, K., & Condray, W. (2009). Redefining the Common Reader Experience through Service and Travel. Presented at First Year Experience, Orlando, Florida.

  • Lowery-Hart, R., Barnes, C., Miller, T., Skinner, D., & Thomas, S. (2008). New Student Orientation as the Cornerstone to your FYE Program. Presented at Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience, San Francisco, California.

  • Lowery-Hart, R. (2007). Life AFTER Forensics: Remember who you are and who you belong to. Presented at National Communication Association, Chicago, Illinois.

  • Lowery-Hart, R., Shaffer, W., Barnes, C., & Cuevas, M. (2007). FYE as your QEP. Presented at Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience, Dallas, Texas.

  • Lowery-Hart, R. & Rosa, D. (2006). From Fear to Cheer: Developing a successful QEP Assessment Plan.   Presented at Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Orlando, Florida.

  • Lowery-Hart, R. (2006). Short Course - The ABC's of Service-Learning. Presented at National Communication Association, Chicago, Illinois.

  • Lowery-Hart, R. (2005). Healthy Communities through Service-Learning: Micro and Macro Strategies for Promoting Citizenship and Social Change. Presented at National Communication Association, Chicago, Illinois.

  • Lowery-Hart, R. (2004). Can You Really Say that? Experiential Learning with Muted Group Theory. Presented at National Communication Association, Miami, Florida.

  • Lowery-Hart, R. (2003). Beyond Service-Learning basics: Models and examples of building sustainable campus-community partnership. Presented at National Communication Association, Miami, Florida.

  • Lowery-Hart, R. (2002). This is how we all became the Brady Bunch: Exploring the forensic community as family.   Presented at National Communication Association, New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • Lowery-Hart, R. (2001). Intercultural Performance as a way of knowing. Presented at National Communication Association, Atlanta, Georgia.

  • Lowery-Hart, R. (2001). You aren't my friend: A performance redefining Reader's Theatre through the use of a Service-Learning Ethnography approach. Presented at National Communication Association, Atlanta, Georgia.

  • Lowery-Hart, R. (2000). I'm bored: Engaging students through the service-learning pedagogy. Presented at National Communication Association, Seattle, Washington.

  • Lowery-Hart, R. (1999). Walking the forensic tightrope: Using service-learning to improve team academic and competitive performance. Presented at National Communication Association, Chicago, Illinois.

  • Lowery-Hart, R. (1999). Short Course - Beyond the university, into the community: Service-Learning in the communication course. Presented at National Communication Association, Chicago, Illinois.

  • Lowery-Hart, R. & Pearson, J. (1997). There is a war inside me between my blackness and your whiteness: Understanding the African-American student experience in higher education through a relational dialectics perspective. Presented at Speech Communication Association, Chicago, Illinois.

  • Lowery-Hart, R. (1997). Innovations in the classroom: Helping students understand the relationships in the interpersonal communication classroom. Presented at Speech Communication Association, Chicago, Illinois.

  • Lowery-Hart, R. (1997). Service-learning in group communication courses: Now I really understand what your lecture meant. Presented at Speech Communication Association, Chicago, Illinois.

  • Byers, L. & Lowery-Hart, R. (1996). Coming to terms with coming out: Relational dialectics within the gay and lesbian culture. Presented at Eastern Communication Association, New York, New York.

  • Lowery-Hart, R. (1996). How do they do that? Ideas for teaching gender and communication. Presented at Central States Communication Association, St. Paul, Minnesota.

  • Lowery-Hart, R. (1996). The Americans with Disabilities Act: Handicapped by the diffusion of the innovation. Presented at Speech Communication Association, San Diego, California.

  • Lowery-Hart, R. (1996). Understanding the African-American student experience in Higher Education from a relational dialectics perspective. Presented at Speech Communication Association, San Diego, California.

  • Lowery-Hart, R. & Pearson, J. (1996). I feel caged: A metaphoric analysis of the African-American student experience in Higher Education. Presented at Speech Communication Association, San Diego, California.

  • Hart, R. (1995). A pilot study of able-bodied students and instructors with disabilities: A relationship handicapped by the lack of communication. Presented at Speech Communication Association, San Antonio, Texas.

  • Lacroix, C. & Hart, R. (1995). Perfecting mediocrity: The use of a stock narrator in poetry and prose. Presented at Speech Communication Association, San Antonio, Texas.

  • Hart, R. & Williams, D. (1994). Able-bodied instructors and students with disabilities: A relationship handicapped by communication. Presented at Speech Communication Association, New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • Hart, R. (1992). Political polls: persuasively draining social conscience. Presented at Sooner Conference on Communication, Norman, Oklahoma.

Regional

  • Emmers, T. & Hart, R. (1995). Relational rehabilitation: Rituals of moving out and moving on. Presented at Western States Communication Association, Portland, Oregon.

  • Hart, R. & Emmers, T. (1995). I'm attractive and happy, and I don't need you: Rituals of moving out and moving on. Presented at Central States Communication Association, Indianapolis, Indiana.

  • Hart, R. (1994). Electing candidates with disabilities. Presented at Central States Communication Association, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

  • Hart, R. (1994). Please help me? Talk and silence in a handicapped world. Presented at Central States Communication Association, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

State

  • Lowery-Hart, R. (2012). Reinventing Learning through an Honors Program. Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Austin, Texas.

  • Lowery-Hart, R. (2007). TSCA 101: Getting Involved. Presented at Texas Speech Communication Association, San Antonio, Texas.

  • Hart, R. (1993). Discourse analysis of able-bodied individuals and people with disabilities: A silenced perspective. Presented at Texas Conference on Communication, Lubbock, Texas.

Presentation of Non-Refereed Papers

International

  • Lowery-Hart, R., Campbell, K., Condray, W., & Chapman, B. (2008). Readership Ambassadors: Connecting the Common Reader Program with Study Abroad. Invited presentation at International Conference on the First-Year Experience, Dublin, Ireland.

State

  • Lowery-Hart, R. (2007). Telling Your QEP Story: Using Assessment Results to Build Campus-Wide Support. Annual Meeting of the Texas A&M University Assessment Conference, College Station, Texas.

Grants

  • 2013: TAACCCT Technical Program Acceleration, Department of Labor ($4.8M)

  • 2012: Accelerate Texas Developmental Education Reform, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board ($1M)

  • 2011: HSI-STEM; Math and Engineering Course Redesign, US Department of Education ($4.8M)

  • 2010: Partners for Postsecondary Success, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation ($1.5M)

  • 2010: AVID in Higher Education, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board ($30,000)

  • 2010: Title V: Course Redesign. US Department of Education ($5M)

  • 2009: "University Success Academy Summer Bridge Program", Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, ($296,000)

  • 2009: "We Inspire: Curriculum Alignment to Reduce Developmental Education Needs for Panhandle P-16 Council", Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. ($40,000)

Research Reports

  • Lowery-Hart, R., "Quality Enhancement Plan: Engaging the First Year Student"

Consulting

  • 2009:  Prairie View A&M University, SACS QEP preparation for Site Visit

  • 2008:  Texas A&M International University, Readership WT Ambassador Program showcase

  • 2008:  University of North Texas, First Year Experience planning and development

  • 2007:  Memphis ISD: Culture and Conflict Resolution, Research project to uncover source of conflict

  • 2006:  Del Mar College, SACS QEP preparation for site visit

  • 2006:  Lovelady, Christy, and Wisian, Establishing rules for engagement: Long term conflict management

  • 2006:  St. Andrew's School Board of Directors, Creating a vision and long term plan

  • 2005:  St. Andrew's School Teacher Training, Service-learning across the curriculum

  • 2004:  Wildcat Bluff Nature Center, Strategic Planning and Conflict Management

  • 2000-2004:  Amarillo Independent School District, Service-Learning Teacher Training

  • 1999-2004:  A.C.E. Program, TASP, ACT, SAT Training

  • 2003:  Amarillo Montessori Academy, Strategic Planning and Conflict Management

  • 2002:  Spring Independent School District, Service-Learning Teacher Training

  • 1997-1999:  Garza, Fisher, & Associates, Partnering Consulting Firm, Partnering, Teams, Conflict Management

  • 1997-1999:  Texas Department of Transportation, Partnering, Teams

  • 1995-1997:  Transformed, Inc. Diversity Consultant, AT&T Don't Hate...Communicate, campaign for New York, Detroit, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta

Service to the Profession

Chair of a State or Regional Committee

  • 2009:  Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Undergraduate Education Advisory Committee

  • 2007-2009:  P-16 Special Advisor, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

  • 2005:  Texas Speech Communication Association Performance Studies Interest Group

  • 2001:  Texas Speech Communication Association District 16


Member: Committee/Task Force

  • 2004-2010:  American Democracy Project (National)

  • 2005-2009:  Texas Faculty Development Network (State)

  • 2007-2009:  Panhandle P-16 Management Council (State)

  • 2006-2009:  Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board - Undergraduate Advisory Committee (State)

  • 2005-2006:  Texas A&M University Faculty Governance Task Force, Kingsville (State)

  • 2004-2007: Texas Speech Communication Associate Journal reviewer (State)

  • 2000-2002:  American Forensic Association District III Committee (National)

  • 1998-2009:  American Forensic Association (National)

  • 1998-2009:  West Texas Speech Communication Association (Local)

  • 1998-2009:  Texas Forensic Association (State)

  • 1991-2009:  National Communication Association (National)


Officer: State Organization / Association

  • 2004-2007:  Texas Speech Communication Association, President (State)

  • 1991-2003:  Texas Speech Communication Association, District 16 Chair, Interest Group Chair (State)


Service to the Community

Member of a Committee

  • Board Member, Panhandle twenty/20 Foundation

  • Board Member, Leadership Amarillo/Canyon

  • Board Member, Amarillo Opera

  • Fundraising Trainer, United Way of Amarillo and Canyon

  • Founding Member, Panhandle Community College Consortium (PC3)

  • Member, Rudy Giuliani Leadership Scholarship Dinner Committee

  • Facilitator, Panhandle twenty/20 Study on Education Attainment

  • Amarillo Montessori Academy School Board Member


Positions Held in Civic Organizations

  • Executive Committee Chair, No Limits No Excuses community collaborative (35 organizations)

  • President, Panhandle twenty/20 coalition of the top 26 counties to plan for the future of education attainment

  • Amarillo Montessori School Board, President

  • Wildcat Bluff Nature Center Board, President

  • Big Brother mentor at Bowie Middle School

  • Teen Leadership Amarillo Student Team Coordinator


Special Projects

  • 2009: Responsible for Distinguished Lecture with Maya Angelou – 5,314 people in attendance

  • 2005-2009: Faculty/Staff Book Club: Created book club to highlight important student learning issues

  • 2001-2005: Director, Guy P. Yates Speech, Theatre, Debate and Broadcasting Camp (800 campers a year)

  • 1998-2004: Leadership WT: Course training college students to facilitate year-long teen leadership program


CREATIVE ACTIVITIES

2001-2002 Team Award (Against 194 teams at National Tournament) American Forensic Association (AFA)

  • 3rd Ranked Speech Team in Nation (Only Div. II School in Top 15)

  • 3rd, 5th, and 13th TOP SPEAKERS in the Nation

  • 2nd Place National Finals – POI, DUO

  • 3rd Place National Finals – Poetry, Persuasion, Informative

  • 5th Pace National Finals – Duo

  • 6th Place National Finals – Drama

  • National Semifinalists – 13 events

  • National Quarterfinalists – 18 events



2000-2001 Team Award (Against 212 teams at National Tournament) American Forensic Association (AFA)

  • NATIONAL CHAMPION – Poetry

  • 2nd Place National Finals – Poetry

  • National Semifinalists – Informative & Poetry

  • National Quarterfinalists – Poetry, 2 Informative, POI

  • 9th Ranked Speech Team in Nation


1999-2000 Team Award (Against 204 teams at National Tournament) American Forensic Association (AFA)

  • NATIONAL CHAMPION – Duo

  • National Quarterfinalist – Duo

  • 24th Ranked Team in Nation





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