Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication
Texas State University San Marcos
Laurie H. Fluker is Associate Dean for the College of Fine Arts and Communication, and a tenured Associate Professor of Mass Communication at Texas State University-San Marcos. She has served in a number of capacities during her years in higher education, including Dean of Communications at Austin Community College, Special Assistant to the President at Texas State University, and Head of the Broadcasting sequence at two higher education institutions. Having worked in practically every type of higher educational institution, she has insight and experience at both public and private, two-year and four-year, small college and large university, predominantly white and historically black, secular, and church-related institutions.
Fluker has been actively involved in a number of state and national organizations that address student issues. While serving three years on the state planning committee in Texas, she helped coordinate the Annual Conference on Recruitment and Retention for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. She has served as State President and has had multiple terms on the State Board of the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education. As a representative of the faculty, Fluker has "gone on the road," recruiting students for each institution where she has served, and she remains involved with the students once they get to campus through mentoring, student organization advising, and teaching over 800 students each year. Her intense interest and devotion to students can be documented by the dozens of "Outstanding Professor Awards" that she has received from her students, student organizations, and colleagues.
Fluker is the author of Mastering Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation, as well as a number of textbook chapters and reports. She is a highly sought-after motivational speaker who has given inspirational keynote addresses and conducted workshops for professionals and students across the country for more than 20 years. She has contributed countless hours to civic, statewide, and national committees and taskforces. Fluker has been honored seven times nationally by six of the nation's most prestigious broadcasting organizations through nationally competitive fellowships, and she has been recognized by university, state, and national organizations for her work as an outstanding educator.
Fluker received her Bachelor of Science degree in English and History from Wiley College, as the third generation in her family to have graduated from the institution. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Southern Methodist University, and a Ph.D. in Communications from The University of Texas at Austin.