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Timothy Gary Plax

2013 Distinguished Alumnus

Timothy Gary Plax

Timothy Gary Plax

Administrative Director, Hauth Center for Communication Skills, CSULB
Professor, Department of Communication Studies, CSULB
1974, Ph.D., Communication Studies, University of Southern California
1971, Master of Arts, Communication Studies, CSULB
1970, Bachelor of Arts, Communication Studies, CSULB

As a CSULB faculty member since 1987 and Hauth Center for Communication Skills director since 2005, Timothy Plax has worked with all levels of the university, including serving as an University Relations and Development faculty associate (1991-95), Foundation and Corporate Research director (1991-93) and School of Humanities director of development (1990-91). He also taught at CSU Sacramento, the University of New Mexico and West Virginia University.

His business experience includes five years on the Rockwell International Corporation executive staff and 30 years as a consultant in corporate, governmental and instructional arenas. Best known for his programmatic research in instructional communication, he has published over 150 manuscripts, including several textbooks, chapters, research articles and commissioned research reports, and has served as associate or consulting editor for 11 different professional journals.

He is listed among the 20 most productive researchers in his discipline since 1915. While attending CSULB, he received both the undergraduate and graduate Outstanding Communications Student Awards. As an alumnus, he has been granted 40 research awards across regional, national and international communication associations; as well as CSULB’s 1998-99 Distinguished Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activity Award and Rockwell’s "Triad of Excellence" Engineering Award from the Space Shuttle Orbiter Division.

Plax is married to Patricia Kearny, a CSULB Department of Communications professor, and they have one daughter, Kerry Ritter. In his spare time, Plax enjoys taking long walks around Seal Beach and traveling.

From Alumni Awards 2013 program