Meet the Dean
With a love of students, drive for research, and a mission to maintain the College at the helm of the national field, Dean Linda Hoover leads the College of Human Sciences with passion, knowledge, and heart. Linda Crawford Hoover, Ph.D., was appointed as the dean of the College of Human Sciences at Texas Tech University on January 1, 2003 and has since been raising the bar of leadership around Texas Tech and the nation.
Hoover started her professional career as a member of the health care community in Dallas, Texas. There, as a registered dietitian, she also served as a faculty member at Texas Woman's University in Denton and Houston and at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.
In 1990, Hoover joined the faculty in the Nutrition, Hospitality, and Retailing department in the College of Human Sciences at Texas Tech and hasn’t looked back since. Hoover's teaching specialties include food service management and hospitality research methods. While teaching, Hoover also worked to receive external research funding to support her own research in food product development and consumer acceptability. She has been commended for her participation in collaborations, particularly with colleagues in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
While maintaining her research and teaching responsibilities, Hoover was also appointed to various positions in the College such as associate dean and interim dean. In 2001, Texas Tech awarded her the President's Academic Achievement Award in recognition of her accomplishments in the areas of teaching, research, and service.
Since becoming dean in 2003, Hoover has successfully led the College in acquiring funding for sponsored projects from federal, state and private resources. Currently, the college receives sponsored project funding from national and state agencies including the U.S. departments of Agriculture, Education, and Health and Human Services, the National Institute of Mental health, UNICEF, Texas Department of Agriculture and Texas Education Agency.
Hoover has been named to the Texas Tech Teaching Academy, was inducted in the Phi Beta Phi Honor Society, and received the Texas 4-H Alumni Award from the Texas 4-H and Youth Development Program and its foundation.
Hoover is a well-published author and highly sought-after speaker. Her extensive resume exemplifies a life committed to furthering knowledge through contributions and community efforts. She is currently in active membership or leadership roles in 10 national organizations and numerous committees at Texas Tech.
Hoover is also an alumna of the College. She received her bachelor's degree with a major in Food and Nutrition and Home Economics Education from Texas Tech and she also completed a dietetic internship at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Hoover received master's and Ph.D. degrees from Texas Woman's University.
Hoover has one daughter, who owns a vintage clothing shop in Austin, Texas.