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 manual 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, oversees various recruitment and retention activities, oversees the duties and events of college ambassadors, 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 five books (four in print, and two about to be published). One of his latest works (co-authored) is entitled Latinos in U.S. Sport: A History of Isolation, Cultural Identity and Acceptance (Human Kinetics, 2011).
He is also the author of more than two dozen scholarly and encyclopedia articles. Upcoming in the autumn 2014 (mid-October) issue of the journal, Kansas History, is 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.” 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. Two works have been published in this series; and the next off the press, More Than Just Peloteros: Sport and U.S. Latino Communities, coming in January 2015, is one of four others approved for publication by the TTUP board. Several additional works are in progress for this series as well.
Outside of work, he enjoys spending 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) and helping Matthew improve his baseball skills.
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 last year (after giving the Cardinals a run for their money for the National League Central Division title)! Dr. Iber and Matthew are anxiously awaiting the start of the 2014 season, and hope to see the Pirates in the World Series soon.
DR. JORGE IBER
Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences