D. Thomas Porter

Over twenty years of successful experience in university education and administration. Served as leader of the Academic Functions Team (new University advising system; i.e., "AdviseaBull"), member of General Education Council (Ex-Officio), BANNER Articulation Workgroup, Academic Regulations Committee (Ex-Officio), Council on Academic Advising (Ex-Officio) and Undergraduate Council (Ex-Officio).  Served as member of the First Year Experience Committee (1996-1998), Graduate Admissions Review Team ("GART," 1994-1997), Cultural Transmission Team (1993-1995), Enrollment Research Council (1994-1996), and Chair, Doctoral Program in Communication Development Committee (1985-1988).  Currently retired after 24 years of service at the University of South Florida.

Experience at the University of South Florida

Provost's Office of Assessment:  2005 to 2006

Evaluated and assessed academic programs (e.g., General Education outcomes, Learning Communities, mathematics preparatory, academic advising, writing & cognitive skills).  Taught MMC 4420, Research Methods in Mass Communications and SPC 3513, Argumentation & Debate; served as Director of Forensics and University Debate Coach.  Staff Photojournalist for USF's Humanities Institute, Broadway Theatre Project, and numerous other free-lance contexts. Retired from the faculty on November 6, 2006.

Evaluation and Testing . . . 1998 to 2005

Served as Director of Computer Based Testing centers at USF: supervised, installed, maintained, and staffed the University's Educational Testing Services (ETS) Center, the CLEP Testing Center, the computer- assisted CLAST Lab, and FTCE Computer Lab (a total of 40 workstations using three servers). Advised students who have yet to pass the College Level Academic Skills Test. Taught freshman university experience course and MMC 4420, Research Methods in Mass Communications.  Created and maintained web sites for Evaluation & Testing, the USF Academic Survival Guide, and AdviseaBull.  Won "Outstanding University Experience Advocate Award," 1998-1999. Served on the Cognitive Level and Quality of Writing Assessment team which created and wrote the manual for the use of CLAQWA; New Faculty Orientation, created, developed, and maintained the website (2000-2003).

Dean�s Office, Undergraduate Studies . . . 1995 to 1998

Acting Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies (faculty administrator). Prepared two annual reports for the Board of Regents about service-learning courses. Conducted University-wide study of evening and weekend course offerings. Coordinated the activation of State mandated common prerequisites initiative for the University; developed and delivered workshops about common prerequisites for academic advisors. Developed and delivered workshops about excess hour and repeat course surcharges for the University. Represented the University at regional and State articulation meetings. Served as hearing officer for student appeals regarding academic policies, academic advising, admission denials, and final arbiter of academic dishonesty allegations. Created the USF Academic Survival Guide and headed a team which developed "AdviseaBull." Created new policies regarding incomplete grades, honor code, and course syllabi archiving. Taught freshman university experience course. 

School of Continuing Education . . . 1988 to 1995

Chief of Academic Advising. Developed media strategies for the School; managed academic and logistical support for older adults returning to the University. Conducted numerous media studies for the School. Created and managed the School�s 30+ workstation Novell network. Created Forum USF, a program where University pre-admission information is provided on-site to Tampa Bay area companies. Presiding Officer, Administrative & Professional Council, 1993-1994.

Department of Communication . . . 1982 to 1988

Associate Professor. Taught communication theory, computer applications, statistics, and research methods; selected as "Outstanding Professor of 1988," by the Senior Class, College of Arts & Letters, 1988. "Outstanding Graduate Professor," Master�s Class in Communication, 1988. Initiated the development of the doctoral program in Communication.

EXPERIENCE: Other Universities

Purdue University: Department of Communication . . . 1977 to 1982. Assistant Professor and Director, Purdue Communication Research Center. Directed multi-section group problem-solving skills course. Taught statistics, research design, and coordinated departmental research; "Best Teacher Award, Department of Communication," 1979; Faculty Advisor, P.R.S.S.A.; appointed "University Fellow" by the president of Purdue, 1980. Invented a calculus and associated computer algorithm (FORTRAN) for estimating the most efficient reliability for ratio-scaled instruments as part of program PIAS.
State University of New York, Buffalo: Department of Communication . . . 1974-1977.  Assistant Professor and Director, SUNY at Buffalo Communication Research Center. Taught quantitative research skills, organizational assessment, and organizational communication; coordinated departmental research. Earned doctoral directive status in 1975 via election to the Graduate School Faculty. Invented calculus for assessing network analysis reliability.
State University of New York, Albany: Department of Rhetoric and Communication ... 1970-1971. Instructor. Taught small group dynamics, nonverbal communication, and experimental research methods.


Academic Publications.  Twenty-two articles and book chapters in academic journals and monographs; seven others in practitioner publications. Forty-three presentations at annual conventions of several disciplines, primarily Communication and Management. (A complete listing of publications and presentations is available upon request.)

Photojournalism.  Associate Editor, Omega News Services; e.g., see review quoted by AIG, Science Daily, and/or The Discovery Institute.  Still Photographer for Side Effects, Winchester Entertainment, LLC (Los Angeles); News coverage of Miss Florida USA, 2004 Pageant; creator of Photos At Your Place; peruse a selected portfolio.  Staff Photographer for the Broadway Theatre Project.   Principal photographer for University Press of Florida's publication of a new work on Bob Fosse by Debra McWaters, The Fosse Style, 2008 and Musical Theatre Training: The Broadway Theatre Project Handbook, 2009.

Computer Literacy.  FORTRAN (Mainframe and PC), BASIC, MS-DOS, dBase IV 1.1, Corel, FrontPage 2000 (Web design); e.g., see the following list of developed and maintained sites: Developed/Maintained Sites

Assessment Software.  Developed major user friendly human resource assessment computer systems and an internationally distributed survey analysis package. (A more complete description of these systems is available upon request.)

Consulting.  Research contracts with such organizations as TRW, Clarke Advertising & Public Relations, American TransTech (AT&T), and Eckerd (Vision 21). (A complete listing of consulting clients is available upon request.)  Training expertise in a variety of human resource development areas.


Ph.D., Communication Theory & Research,
   Florida State University, 1974
M.S., Communication Theory & Research,
   Florida State University, 1970

Advanced Program Evaluation,
   Southeast Evaluation Association, 1998

M.Div. (in progress),
   Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary,
   2004 to present; 70+ hours.


B.A., Communication & Theology,
   Harding University, 1969

Listings of Service, Honors, Awards, and Grants as Principal Investigator are available upon request.

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