Dr. Hank Roubicek is an Emeritus Professor in Communication Studies and has been at UHD since 1983. He holds a B.A. in Communication from Ohio State, an M.A. in Interpersonal Communication and Counseling Psychology from Purdue, and an Ed.D. in Communication Education from the University of Maryland. He taught at colleges in Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, and New York before coming to UHD.
With only three courses in the Communication curriculum offered in 1983, this award-winning educator designed several courses, carefully advised students, and through his earlier administrative roles, helped to build a strong division of Communication within a larger department of Arts and Humanities. Dr. Roubicek taught most of the courses in the Communication Studies program, including communication-based graduate courses in Criminal Justice and Urban Education. Twice he has been recognized with a Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.
He has written several books in applied communication and storytelling. His research interests range from communication methods for law enforcement practitioners to the impact of human narratives in conversation. Dr. Roubicek has also presented, published, and designed instructional materials in the areas of public speaking, interviewing, and group discussion. Dr. Roubicek is an internationally sought-after workshop leader, reputable consultant for over 25 organizations, local radio personality for Houston’s long running program on KPFT 90.1FM, “So, What’s Your Story?”, and a seasoned docent at Holocaust Museum Houston where he engaged in tolerance education.
Although his accomplishments number many over 38 years, it was bringing Dr. Cornel West to UHD, and in him leading the way by sending the first communication students to graduate school (including one to Harvard) that punctuates his commitment to UHD.