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Communications

Dr. Jeff Root

Dean, School of Humanities
Professor of Communications

Education

  • B.A. in Communications, Ouachita Baptist Univeristy. 1983
  • M.A. in History, University of Arkansas, 1989
  • Ed.D. in Higher Education/Mass Communications, Oklahoma State University, 1991

Experience

  • Began career as social studies and journalism teacher at Arkadelphia High School
  • Came to OBU in 1991 as both a faculty member and administrator
  • Served as Director of Public Relations under OBU President Ben M. Elrod
  • Served as Assistant to the President for Public Relations under OBU President Andrew Westmoreland
  • Has served as Dean of the School of Humanities since 2002
  • Adviser of The Signal campus newspaper
  • Supervisor of the OBU photo lab
  • Adviser of the OBU chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators
  • Sports broadcaster for high school and college football and basketball
  • Former chair of the Arkansas Humanities Council
  • President, Arkadelphia Board of Education

Professional Organizations

  • International Association of Business Communicators
  • College Media Advisers
  • Arkansas School Board Association

870.245.4186
rootj@obu.edu


Dr. Deborah Root

Chair, Rogers Department of Communications
Professor of Communications

Education

  • B.A. in Communications and B.S.E., Ouachita Baptist University, 1981
  • M.S.E, Ouachita Baptist University, 1983
  • Ed.D. in Higher Education and Mass Communications, Oklahoma State University, 1991\

Experience

  • Previously served as director of development publications, news bureau director and sports information director.
  • Currently serves as adviser of the Ouachitonian yearbook.
  • Faculty sponsor of the EEE women’s social club

Professional Organizations

  • Member of College Media Adviser, Inc.
  • Recipient of the Gold Key Award for outstanding leadership in the field of journalism education from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association

870.245.5510
rootd@obu.edu


Dr. Dave Ozmun

Professor of Communications

Education

  • B.S. in Radio and Television, Southern Illinois University, 1979
  • M.A. in Communications, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1987
  • Ph.D. in Communications, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, 1997

Experience

  • Previously worked at both radio and television stations in Milwaukee and Dallas.
  • Produces television and video programs for OBU and other businesses, organizations and ministries.
  • “Ouachita,” a monthly production, has won numerous awards.
  • Oversees the university’s cable affiliation with FamilyNet.
  • Research interests include history and television news.

Professional Organizations

  • Broadcast Education Association
  • National Press Photographers Association
  • Arkansas Broadcast Education Association

870.245.5574
ozmund@obu.edu


Rebecca Jones

Instructor of Communications

Education

  • B.A. in History; Minor in Speech and Mass Communication, Ouachita Baptist University, 1996
  • M.A. in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication, University of Arkansas, 2002
  • Currently pursuing Ph.D. in Communication Studies, Regent University

Experience

  • Previously worked in advertising and public relations for Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods
  • Previously worked in the Arkansas House of Representatives
  • Served as Assistant to the President for Public Relations at OBU
  • Currently serves as a Staff Coordinator for the Ouachita Student Foundation

870.245.5396
jonesr@obu.edu


Tiffany Eurich

Instructor of Communications

Education

  • B.A. in Mass Communications and Political Science, Ouachita Baptist University, 2005
  • M.A. in Communications; Minor in Public History, Stephen F. Austin State University, 2007

Experience

  • Previously served as a Public Relations Specialist.
  • Produced historic documentaries for tourism and educational purposes.
  • TV show host
  • Currently serves as advisor for the Online Signal

870.245.5207
euricht@obu.edu