Dr. Jerald Ogg is the Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at The University of Tennessee at Martin. A former Chair of the Department of Communications at UT Martin, Dr. Ogg holds a Ph.D. in journalism from Southern Illinois University and a law degree (J.D.) from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He joined the UT Martin faculty in 1987, and he taught journalism and law courses for the Tennessee Governor's School for the Humanities from 1991-2000 before being named director for the summer 2001 program.
Prior to joining the faculty at UT Martin, Dr. Ogg served as a Judge Advocate ("JAG") in the U.S. Air Force for four years and practiced law, specializing in media law and public relations for non-profit organizations, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A licensed attorney in both Tennessee and Louisiana, Dr. Ogg teaches communications law, ethics, public relations, public speaking and advertising at UT Martin. He was selected as a recipient of The University of Tennessee National Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award in 1998 and served as UT Martin Faculty Senate President for 1998-1999.
Dr. Ogg, who also serves as Academic Coordinator for the University's Freshman Experience program, is a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He has been recognized four times as a winner of the TOP-HAT (The Outstanding Performer-Headquarters Annual Tour) award and is attached to The Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California.