Terry is Professor of Speech Communication and Associate Dean in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at SHSU. Terry is in his 20th year of teaching at Sam Houston. He previously was program coordinator for Speech Communication before he became an associate dean. From 2004 to 2006 he served as Interim Dean for the first two years of existence of the college.
He earned his B. A. in Speech Education and M. Ed. in Administration and Supervision from McNeese State University, and graduated with his Ph. D. in Communication from the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) in 1986. Prior to arriving at SHSU, Terry taught at both McNeese State and USM. He also spent seven years teaching speech in Louisiana high schools.
Terry’s teaching and research have revolved around instructional communication, interpersonal communication and intercultural communication. For more than 20 years he has been studying and writing about his native Cajun culture with a focus toward preserving and illustrating its uniqueness and beauty.
Terry has been married for 29 years and he and wife Paula have a 23-year-old son who recently graduated from SHSU in Graphic Design. He is an avid golfer, enjoys playing and watching basketball, reading, birding, and travel.
"I think teaching is the noblest profession. I feel very fortunate to be able to work in a job where I love what I do and have the opportunity to help students build a better life for themselves."