Tim Dodd, Ph.D.
Phone: (806) 742-3031
James Young Regents Professor
Tim Dodd, Ph.D. currently serves as the Dean of the College of Human Sciences and previously served as Associate Dean for Administration and Finance. He is also the James C. and Kailee M. Young Regents Professor for the Department of Hospitality and Retail Management as well as the Director of the Texas Wine Marketing Research Institute at Texas Tech University.
With experience as both a graduate student and longtime faculty member, Dean Dodd has been a part of the evolution of the College of Human Sciences at Texas Tech for over 30 years. With his start as a graduate research assistant in the Texas Wine Marketing Research Institute (TWMRI), to doctoral student, to director of the TWMRI and associate dean for administration and finance, and now dean, he has seen many positive changes. He looks forward to leading the college as it continues to find impactful ways to improve and enhance the human condition.
When Dodd stepped into the role of associate dean in 2005, he began implementing steps to grow the college's facilities and expand its footprint across campus and in the community.
“I realized the importance of listening and trying to understand various viewpoints when confronted with challenges,” Dodd said. “This experience and the lessons learned have been tremendously helpful as I have moved into the role of dean. The past fifteen years have helped me understand the policies and procedures that help govern the university and provide guidance in the many things we do.”
Dodd says he is thankful for his gained understanding as a graduate student and assistant professor in the college, both of which have impacted who he is as a leader today.
“My time as a doctoral student helped me to understand the various pressures of being a student, and it established my love for research, for learning and for investigating new topics,” Dodd explained. “As an assistant professor, I realized the importance of collaborations between colleagues. These collaborations, friendships, and joint projects provided so much richness by adding new ideas, new horizons, and opportunities. I also learned the importance of working with and mentoring graduate students. They showed me how much they could add to our department and become important aspects of our success.”
For Dodd, the college's culture of kindness, civility, and respect towards its staff, faculty, and students is something he greatly values.
“I am proud that we continue to embrace and enhance that culture,” Dodd said. “I admire that we stand for a focus on improving the human condition in direct and practical ways through our research and education. We are creative and adaptable to all kinds of situations and opportunities. Our adaptability is an aspect that we have embraced throughout our history.”
Under his direction and leadership, the college has gained a reputation for being responsible and efficient with its resources.
“This is important to me, especially when we think about who entrusts us with funds. The fact that we do focus on ways to best use these funds and to manage them efficiently gives me a sense of pride, and we know we must continue to look for ways to best use those resources.”
Looking to the future, Dodd expects to see an increase in demand for academic areas in health and wellness. With majors that closely align with those areas, he is eager for the College of Human Sciences to continue to grow as a resource that focuses on humankind's financial, nutritional, emotional, and psychological challenges. For Dodd, this bright future also includes expanding the college's reach to include more non-traditional and distance students.
“Our emphasis on students, both in terms of their overall wellbeing and academic success, is at the forefront of who we are as a college. We have one of the highest retention rates and graduation rates in the university, and this is a testament to our staff and faculty who work closely with them. That is something I want to make sure we continue as part of our legacy and are known for throughout the university and beyond.”