Linda Hoover was appointed dean of the College of Human Sciences at Texas Tech University on January 1, 2003. Dean Hoover has been a faculty member in the college of Human Sciences since 1990 and currently is a Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Hospitality, and Retailing. In 2001, the university awarded her the President's Academic Achievement Award in recognition of her accomplishments in the areas of teaching, research, and service. Dean Hoover's teaching specialties include foodservice management and hospitality research methods. Dean Hoover, a registered dietitian, initially worked in the health care field in Dallas. She served as a faculty member at Texas Woman's University in Denton and Houston and at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.
During her time at Texas Tech, Dean Hoover has garnered external research funding to support her research in food product development and consumer acceptability and is recognized for her participation in collaborations, particularly with colleagues in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Dean Hoover's publications appear in the Journal of Animal Science, Journal of Food Science, Journal of The American Dietetic Association, School Food Service Research Review, Journal of Restaurant & Foodservice Marketing, The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, Journal of Foodservice Business Research, and International Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Administration.
Dean Hoover is currently leading the efforts to renovate the original TTU bookstore to house the Center for the Study of Addiction and the Child Development Research Center. She has sought and received university approval and support and has been actively involved in fundraising efforts for this project. She also has initiated a reorganization of the departmental structure of the college that will become effective September 1, 2004.
Dean Hoover received her bachelor's degree with a major in Food and Nutrition and Home Economics Education from the College of Human Sciences at Texas Tech and completed a dietetic internship at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She received master's and Ph.D. degrees from Texas Woman's University.