Communication Faculty and Staff Details

Yvonne Baird

Title: Administrative Assistant, Comm Adjunct

Office Location: Communication Center (COM), Room 126
Phone: 575.562.2130
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Education

  • M.A., Communication, Eastern New Mexico University, (2021)
  • B.S., Community Health Education, University of Nevada-Las Vegas (1995)

Bio

Ms. Baird was born in Decatur, Illinois. As a military brat, she has lived in many places, including Mississippi, Montauk, Germany, Nevada, Turkey, England, South Carolina, and now New Mexico, which she calls home. Ms. Baird received her bachelor of science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in Community Health Education and her Master?s of Art in Communication from Eastern New Mexico University. She is now pursuing her doctorate from Capella University in Leadership in Higher Education. Ms. Baird has been an adjunct for the Communication Department since 2019

Ed Caffrey

Title: Instructor of Communication

Office Location: Communication Center (COM), Room 102
Phone: 575.562.2841
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Education

  • M.A., Communication, Pittsburg State University (2016)
  • B.S., Journalism, University of Maryland-University College (1997)

Bio

Ed Caffrey is an instructor with Department of Communication at Eastern New Mexico University. He teaches classes in broadcasting and journalism along with courses in communication studies. Prior to his arrival at ENMU, Ed worked as a reporter and news anchor with NewsTalk KZRG in Joplin, Missouri. He has also worked as a reporter for the Pittsburg Morning Sun newspaper in Pittsburg, Kansas. Ed received a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Maryland University College and a Master of Arts in Communication from Pittsburg State University. His academic research centers on the phenomenon of military impostors, also known as stolen valor. His documentary film, Stealing Valor, was selected for screening at the 2017 G.I. Film Festival in Washington, DC. Ed is an Air Force veteran and a native of Pascagoula, Mississippi. His wife Tyleen is also a faculty member at ENMU.

Dr. Patricia Dobson

Title: Chair, Department of Communication; Professor of Communication; Graduate Coordinator

Office Location: Communication Center (COM), Room 100
Phone: 575.562.2130
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Education

  • Ph.D., Education, Capella University, (2010)
  • M.A., Communication, Eastern New Mexico University (2000)
  • B.S., Communication, Eastern New Mexico University (1989)

Bio

Dr. Dobson is a military brat, originally from the East Coast. She chose to remain in New Mexico following her father's retirement from the Air Force. Dobson is a first-generation college student who took the "long way" through higher education. Working her way through school, she earned a BS in Journalism, MA in Communication, and Ph.D. in Education. She has worked as a journalist and public relations practitioner, including stints as a reporter, photographer, copy editor, feature writer, news editor, magazine publisher and free-lance writer. For ten years, she was the Promotions Coordinator for the College of Fine Arts at Eastern New Mexico University, while teaching part time for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In 2001, she left the College of Fine Arts to teach full time in the Department of Communication, where she has served as department chair since Fall 2010. Her research interests include gender communication and media/mass communication, and she is currently working on a project examining bullying in academia. At the undergraduate and graduate levels, she teaches courses in journalism, photojournalism, public relations, and interpersonal communication. Dobson and her husband, Wayne Head, live in Curry County where they supervise an eclectic collection of rescued animals. She is also a youth minister at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Clovis. Along with serving as the director of Christian education, she leads the adult, youth, and puppet troupe drama ministries. She is a Certified Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church, and travels throughout the Presbytery of Sierra Blanca to fulfill those duties.

Dr. Jeff Gentry

Title: Professor of Communication

Office Location: College of Business (COB), Room 166
Phone: 575.562.4421
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Education

  • Ph.D., Communication, University of Oklahoma, Norman,(2003)
  • M.A., Speech Communication, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, (1988)
  • B.A., Communication Arts, Eastern Montana College, Billings, (1986)

Bio

Jeff Gentry is a professor of communication at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico. He earned a BA in Communication Arts from Eastern Montana College, an MA in Speech Communication from Colorado State University, and a Ph.D. in Communication from Oklahoma University. His current research interests include political communication and the rhetoric of science, among others. He enjoys helping students overcome their inhibitions in sharing their ideas and talents.

Gentry has produced six public affairs specials for television and many Readers Theatre productions. He is a songwriter and has authored several plays (see the New Play Exchange at https://newplayexchange.org). A full-time college faculty member since 1988, he is trained in rhetorical criticism, content analysis, survey research, statistics, and ethnography.

Originally from Denver, Colorado, he has also lived in Montana, Kansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. His outside interests include world geography, outdoor activities, and long-distance running. Jeff thoroughly enjoys meeting prospective students and participating in community events.

Colt Owens

Title: Instructor of Communication

Office Location: Communication Center (COM), Room 107
Phone: 575.562.2272
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Education

  • M.A., Communication, Eastern New Mexico University (2013)
  • B.S., Anthropology, Eastern New Mexico University (2005)

Bio

Colt Owens is from a family that settled in eastern New Mexico over a century ago. As a child he had an opportunity to work as an extra in Television and movies. This led to a love of visual storytelling and the technical craft of working on a soundstage.

He earned a BS in Anthropology with a minor in broadcast in 2005. He then worked for PBS for 5 years as a Director on Duty before returning to ENMU to receive a MA in Communication. He has been a full time faculty member at ENMU since 2014. He spends his free time over analyzing both good and bad movies, as well as observing internet culture.

Dr. Darrell Roe

Title: Advisor to Student Radio; Department of Communication, Associate Professor of Communication

Office Location: Communication Center (COM), Room 103
Phone: 575.562.2415
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Education

  • Ph.D., Mass Communication, University of Georgia (1996)
  • M.A., Communication Studies, Baylor University (1988)
  • B.A., Radio/Television Studies, Baylor University (1986)

Bio

Dr. Darrell Roe, Assistant Professor of Communication at Eastern New Mexico University, is originally from the Waco, Texas area. He attended Baylor University, where he received his Bachelors Degree in German and in Radio-Television in 1986 and a Masters Degree in Communication Studies in 1988. He received his Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Georgia in 1998. Dr. Roe began teaching media production and communication in 1989 at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, and has since taught at Sam Houston State, Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, Texas A&M University, East Texas Baptist University.

Since 2016 at ENMU, Dr. Roe has focused much of his work on the influences that media have on audiences. He especially enjoys studying political communication and analyzing media rhetoric. His most recent studies are two content analyses of tweets made by President Donald Trump, one comparing 480 tweets from before and after inauguration, and one studying 511 tweets made in the first 100 days of his presidency. He is currently analyzing the insults made by President Trump on Twitter during the first year of his presidency. This current project includes over 2600 Tweets which contain 120 different insults for a total of 830 insults of various people, places, and things around the country and the world.