|Hawai‘i Pacific University is pleased to
announce that John Hart has been promoted to associate dean of
the College of Communication, effective this fall. Dr. Hart has
been the assistant dean of the College since 2002. He holds the
academic rank of professor and has been with HPU since 1999.
Hart’s Ph.D. in Communication Studies was awarded from
the University of Kansas.
As associate dean, Dr. Hart will assist the dean with the leadership
and management of academic, curricular, and faculty matters in
that academic unit.
Dr. Hart is a well-known figure in local and national media in
both the news and entertainment fields. He was a confidant of
the late guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan for almost a decade. Rolling
Stone Senior Editor, David Fricke, considers Hart “a superb,
much admired educator for his knowledge of the media and the
breadth and quality of his contacts in the music and media industries.” Hart’s
contacts have brought such major media figures as Fricke, MTV
chief correspondent Kurt Loder and legendary drummer Carmine
Appice to appear at the school.
Dr. Hart is a popular media critic for local and presidential
political campaigns and debates. He is often quoted by local
print and broadcast media in both news and popular culture stories.
Hart’s scholarly research is in the area of myth in popular
culture. He has been invited to testify to the United States
Senate and the National Parks Service regarding the public policy
issues of the naming of national monuments. He was a featured
guest on the History Channel’s Live from Pearl Harbor Emmy-
nominated special and a featured speaker at the 60th and 65th
anniversary Pearl Harbor Attack Symposiums.
His essays have earned him the Lawrence A. Frost Literary Award
and an alternative History Book Club Book of the Month selection.
His Custer and His Times: Book Four volume was nominated for
the Robert M. Utley Western History award. Hart’s students
have worked in educational partnership with the National Parks
Service and the USS Arizona Museum Association in developing
projects such as educational outreach materials and the redesign
of the memorial admission tickets.
Hart is a former debate coach, having coached nationally ranked
teams and authored numerous articles and handbooks on debate
theory and practice. He is the co-editor of Advanced Debate,
called by the Cross Examination Debate Association “the
primary text relied upon by scholars” in the discipline.