Dean of the College of Arts, Sciences and Education, Texas A&M University-Texarkana
Del Doughty, Ph.D., is Dean of the College of Arts, Sciences and Education at Texas A&M University – Texarkana. As an education dean, Doughty leads accredited Educator Preparation Programs and Alternative Certification Programs that run at multiple sites in Texas, and he directs the delivery of various graduate programs in education leadership. As a liberal arts dean, he manages programs in English, history, mass communication, political science, criminal justice, sociology, and psychology and a CACREP-accredited graduate program in counseling. He serves on the national board of directors for the American Conference of Academic Deans.
Prior to joining A&M, Doughty was Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Huntington University (HU), where he oversaw curriculum, faculty development, and assessment and program review for over 70 traditional undergraduate, degree-completion, and health science graduate programs. He provided leadership on institutional and program accreditation, and under his watch the university started its first honors program and developed student and faculty exchange programs with Liaocheng University and Jilin University-Zhuhai City in China.
Prior to holding this position, Doughty served as the Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs at HU and was responsible for all aspects of the academic enterprise. During his tenure, he developed an honors program, undergraduate majors in criminal justice and sport management, and occupational therapy, the latter of which was the university’s first doctoral degree. In collaboration with the local school corporation, he developed the ABLE Program, which provides special needs high school students an opportunity to integrate with campus life. At the same time, he led HU through a successful reaccreditation campaign with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.
As Professor of English, Dr. Doughty continues to teach occasional courses in world literature, in creative writing, and in the honors program.
Dr. Doughty attended the University of South Florida, where he received a bachelor of arts in English (1988) and a master of liberal arts (1990). He earned a Ph.D. in comparative literature from The Pennsylvania State University in 1995. Since then, he has participated in seminars offered by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Houghton Institute for the Integrative Studies, and the Council for Independent Colleges and the Center for Hellenic Studies. As a poet, he has published two chapbooks, both of which won awards at the state and international level, and he has produced scholarly editions for James Joyce’s Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. He has served as a juror for the Indiana Arts Commission on several occasions since 2002. In addition to his literary projects, Doughty has written a number of successful grant proposals to state agencies and private foundations for over $1 million dollars. In 2012, Doughty collaborated with student programmers at HU to develop “High Marks,” an iOS software application for grading papers via voice command or touchscreen.