Hudson Takes Reins at School of Communication
By Erica Plouffe Lazure
During his early years as a communications instructor, Tim Hudson always managed to keep one foot in front of the classroom and the other out in the field.
Some days, he would spend all day in class and most of the night reporting the news on TV.
These days, as the new director of ECU’s School of Communication, Hudson hopes to drive home to students and faculty that critical link between education and hands-on experience.
Drawing on more than 14 years as associate director of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma, Hudson aims to synthesize the program at ECU and build upon the school’s strengths and interests.
“We’re making a concerted effort to bring journalism, speech, public relations, intercultural and multimedia together, for a broader degree program. We offer media studies, and bring that together in one home,” Hudson said.
Given the recent restructuring of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, Hudson believes there are great opportunities for new connections to be made, for faculty and students, within and outside the School of Communication.
“It’s a very comprehensive school and we have qualified faculty. It’s important that others understand what we do,” he said.
Hudson said he was appreciative of the work carried out by Linner Griffin, ECU social work professor and former interim director of the School of Communication, and her efforts to create ECU’s first ever master’s in communication program. The program, which will offer a concentration in medical news, will enroll the first class in fall 2006.
In addition to broadening the School of Communication’s support and alumni base, Hudson hopes to build new programs and opportunities for students. “Right now, we don’t have a student-run TV news program,” he said. “We probably will very soon.”
“We’ve made an effort to bring together the study of communication in one place. It’s a comprehensive program, and that’s what drew me to it.”