Stanley Goes West
Dr. Jack Stanley has been a professor at UTPA for over thirty years. Currently, he is teaching a variety of television and film courses and he is the area coordinator for the Theatre / TV / Film program in the Department of Communication.
Dr. Stanley just completed writing a novel entitled Guns Along the Rio. It is the first in what is to be a series of Western novels focusing on the history of the Texas Ranger. He is also continuing to work on his play The Designated Widow, which was performed at UTPA last semester as a staged reading. It will soon be performed, in part, at the Popular Culture Conference in San Antonio.
He is very grateful for the autonomy and support the university has provided. "The best thing UTPA offers is the freedom to do anything you have the energy and ambition to pursue," Dr. Stanley says. "As for the department of Communication, its biggest asset has always been the competent scholars and staff who are dedicated and totally supportive of each other."
Dr. Stanley also encourages students to pursue their own route in life. "Don’t follow me, find your own path," he says, "Your life is for you to live as you desire."