WOUB Director Tom Hodson Named Berman Professor

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At a Scripps College of Communication reception to honor Honors Tutorial Dean Emeritus Dr. Joseph Berman, WOUB Director and General Manager Tom Hodson was named Berman Professor.

“Named professorships are an important resource for helping faculty excel while they pursue their research and teaching activities,” said Scripps College of Communication Interim Dean Scott Titsworth. “We’re very excited to install this named professor in honor of Joe Berman, who has established an unquestioned legacy of innovation and commitment to students in the Scripps College of Communication and across the entire university.”

Hodson’s appointment will mark the first time the professorship has gone to a Group I faculty member for a three-year term.

“I’m reminded often by my wife Jan, who is assistant dean in the Honors Tutorial College, that what we do is all about the students. I’m honored to be the first faculty member named the Berman Professor, it’s an honor,” said Hodson.

Colleagues and several donors endowed the professorship in Dr. Joseph Berman’s name to support faculty who bring national visibility and recognition to the University.

According to Titsworth it’s one of the highest recognitions that can be bestowed on a faculty member.

“No one is more deserving of this honor than Tom Hodson,” said Titsworth.

Dr. Berman retired from Ohio University in 2002 after nearly 30 years of service. His work with OU included serving as founding director for the J. Warren McClure School of Communication Systems Management, as director of engineering for WOUB Public Media and as dean of the Honors Tutorial College.

Under Berman’s leadership, the Honors Tutorial College established the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards and the Provost's Undergraduate Research Fund.

In 2005, Berman received the L.J. Hortin Faculty Mentor Award from the Scripps College of Communication.