Doric Earle

Corporate Communication and Public Affairs

Visiting Professor of Practice

After 30 years of managing large technology consultancies, Dr. Doric Earle reinvented himself and now is dedicated to helping communities, social enterprises and entrepreneurs achieve collaborative, engaging and sustainable solutions. A Ph.D. in Public Affairs with a focus on urban planning informed his work, which uses economic development, communication and community engagement as a catalyst to unlock potential in underserved communities. Earle has leveraged his course work and student teams to engage a variety of nonprofits in the community to apply social innovation best practices. These community engagement efforts, along with academic research insights, are creating a three-pronged approach to community activation: economic (entrepreneurship), housing/place building and agricultural/environmental.

Social impact is integrated into all of his work, including his co-founded, community-based real estate platform the Dallas Unity Fund LLC and several nonprofits such as Frazier Revitalization, Bridge Lacrosse, Green Careers Dallas, and Miles of Freedom. His consultancy, Forward Planning LLC, is pursuing development of a retail entrepreneur storefront (The Hatchery), aimed at launching small, local retail enterprises in a shared space, with back office and other mentoring support. In addition, Earle is also working with several community partners including Restorative Farms, Get Healthy Dallas, BigTex Farm and Frazier Revitalization to create an urban agriculture system to support and manage community garden projects such as DART Hatcher Station Community Garden Training Farm. These efforts will drive collaboration between the community, SMU and other educational institutions and like-minded partners in pursuit of addressing the needs of disinvested and underserved communities.


B.S. Management, Syracuse University Business School
M.B.A. Strategic Marketing, University of Connecticut
Ph.D. Public Affairs (EPPS), University of Texas at Dallas

Course list

Social innovation  
Employee communication  
Financial communication  
Group/team communication leadership  
Doric Earle