Associate Dean Jorge Iber
Guiding Students to Graduation
Jorge Iber, PhD, is Associate Dean in the Student Division of the College of Arts & Sciences. In this administrative capacity, he is responsible for supervising the degree auditing process for the college, serving as liaison to various student service offices throughout campus.
Iber manages advising issues for the College, certifies the academic progress of student athletes, assists in various recruitment and retention activities, serves on Academic Council, Associate Deans Council, handles the processing of grade appeals and oversees the management of commencement exercises.
In his role as faculty member, Iber is a full professor in the Department of History with research interests focusing on the social significance of the history of Latinos/Latinas in US sport. He teaches a variety of courses, such as US Sports and Recreation, basic US history surveys, Texas History, and Mexican American History.
Among his numerous publications are 11 books. His latest work, published by the Society for American Baseball Research in March 2018, is entitled Moments of Joy and Heartbreak: 66 Significant Episodes in the History of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Another recent achievement is Mike Torrez: A Baseball Biography (Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishers, 2016), which was awarded as a 2016 Kansas Notable Book. Another title, More than Just Peloteros, was published in 2015.
Other current projects include:
- a second volume of More Than Just Peloteros with TTU Press, set to publish in 2018.
- a co-authored book (with Mario Longoria) on the role of Latinos/Hispanics in American football (at all levels), under contract with McFarland and due to the publisher by July 2018.
- an essay entitled "American Football in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, Central and South America," which will be part of a book entitled Touchdown: An American Obsession, edited by Gerald Gems and Gertrude Pfister for Berkshire Publishing, expected to publish in September 2017.
He is also the author of more than two dozen scholarly and encyclopedia articles. Recent works here include an article to be titled “An Overview of the Early Life and Career of Topeka's Mike Torrez, 1946-1978: Sport as a Means for Studying Latino/a Life in Kansas History.” Other articles to come will appear in University of Nebraska/SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) publications on the Cincinnati Reds of the mid-1970s and the Pittsburgh Pirates of 1960.
Iber has published in electronic media as well, with Latino American Wrestling Experience: Over 100 Years of Wrestling Heritage in the United States, an e-book for the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2014.
Finally, he is the series editor for the Sports in the American West Series at Texas Tech University Press.
Outside of work, he enjoysspending time with his wife, Raquel, and their son, Matthew. He loves reading, watching old movies, cheering for the Red Raiders and his alma mater (University of Utah Utes).
As you can tell from the photos, Iber is a lifelong (and long suffering) fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and, after 20 consecutive years of losing records, was absolutely thrilled to see his beloved Buccos in the playoffs in 2013 (after giving the Cardinals a run for their money for the National League Central Division title)! Although they failed to move on in 2013, 2014, and 2015, it was wonderful to see the Pirates as a force in MLB once again.
Dr. Iber ...
At a Glance
- Mexican American History
- Latinos in U.S. Sports History
DR. JORGE IBER
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Services
- "Moments of Joy and Heartbreak: 66 Significant Episodes in the History of the Pittsburgh Pirates" (Society for American Baseball Research, March 2018)
- Mexican American Baseball in El Paso (Mount Pleasant, S.C.: Arcadia Publishing 2017)
- Mike Torrez: A Baseball Biography (Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishers, 2016
- Mexican American Baseball in the Alamo Region (Mount Pleasant, S.C.: Arcadia Publishing 2015)
- More than Just Peloteros: Sport and U.S. Latino Communities (Texas Tech University Press, 2015)
- Latino American Wrestling Experience: Over 100 Years of Wrestling Heritage in the United States, with Lee Maril (National Wrestling Hall of Fame, e-book 2014)
- Latinos in U.S. Sports: A History of Isolation, Cultural Identity, and Acceptance, with Samuel Regalado, Jose Alamillo, Arnoldo DeLeon (Human Kinetics 2011)
- Mexican Americans and Sports: A Reader on Athletics and Barrio Life, with Samuel O. Regalado (Texas A&M University Press 2006)
- Hispanics in the American West, with Arnoldo DeLeon (ABC-CLIO 2005)
- Hispanics in the Mormon Zion, 1912-1999 (Texas A&M University Press 2002)