Northern Arizona University has lost the heart of its School of Communication. Dr. Dale Hoskins passed away after a battle with cancer Monday afternoon. Dr. Hoskins spent well over 30 years teaching broadcasting at NAU. He graduated from Baylor University with a bachelor’s degree in 1969, received a master’s degree from Texas Christian University in 1974 and his doctorate from North Texas State in 1984. He was also awarded the Jack Clifford Excellence in Broadcast Education Award from the Arizona Broadcasters Association Foundation. Dr. Hoskins retired from teaching in 2015, but still had time to meet with faculty and former students. He taught hundreds of broadcast students over his career, many have gone on to have long careers in television and radio, with some venturing into a career as a public information officer. He will be remembered for his wit, his loyalty to his students and his love he had for the craft. Anyone who has had “Dale” as an instructor has at least one story that will make you appreciate what he was trying to teach you and a story that will make you laugh. Dr. Hoskins was 73 years old.
The NAU Foundation has set up a scholarship fund in Dr. Hoskins name. If you would like to donate, click here: