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Dirk Cameron Gibson

Title: Emeritus Professor
University of New Mexico
Truth Or Consequences, New Mexico, United States

Dirk Cameron Gibson, Emeritus Professor at the University of New Mexico, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education.

Having accrued more than four decades of experience, Dr. Gibson has been bestowed with emeritus status as a professor of communication and journalism at the University of New Mexico, where he taught from 1996 until his retirement. In this capacity, he taught classes across the subjects of public relations, mass communication, media ethics, serial murder communication, outer space communication, and magazine writing, among many others. In addition, since 1999, he has been the founder and executive director of The Product Recall Research Group, whose mission is to advance the understanding of product recalls through the performance of basic and applied research and the compilation of literature regarding product recalls.

Throughout the course of his career, Dr. Gibson has also taught at Empresarial University of Costa Rica, Georgia Southern University, Augusta College, Auburn University, Indiana University Bloomington and the University of Arizona. Earlier, he had excelled as a reporter and area news coordinator for the Elwood Call-Leader, a small daily newspaper in Indiana. To prepare for his career, Dr. Gibson studied at Southern Illinois University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in speech communication in 1977. He went on to matriculate at Indiana University, attaining a master’s degree in speech communication in 1979 and a Doctor of Philosophy in speech communication and journalism in 1983.

In a career filled with highlights, Dr. Gibson considers one of his greatest career achievements to have been conducting three-hour talk on serial murder communication to New Mexico sheriffs and the chief of the Police Association. He was also invited by the Consumer Product Safety Commission to give congressional, legislative, regulatory agency testimony on how to improve recalls. A prolific writer and researcher, he has published multiple books and book chapters, attributing his successes to the various influences in his life, including his family, debate coaches, educators and editors. Looking ahead, Dr. Gibson hopes to be an agent for change as a spokesperson for prison reform, regarding more funding for guards and facilities, as well as the rights of the inmates.

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