Doric Earle

Corporate Communication and Public Affairs

Professor of Practice

After 30 years of managing large technology consultancies, Dr. Doric E. Earle reinvented himself and is now 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 co-founded award-winning urban farm, Restorative Farms. Earle learned the nuances of social impact through extensive Board of Director and consulting work with Dallas nonprofits including Frazier Revitalization, Bridge Lacrosse, Green Careers Dallas, Cornerstone Baptist Church and Miles of Freedom. In addition, Earle is utilizing these local nonprofits and social enterprises as engaged learning opportunities for his SMU students. 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 entrepreneurship & Nonprofit Leadership  
Applied Organizational Communication  
Financial communication  
Group/team communication leadership  
International Cultural Comparison  
Doric Earle