Faculty Profile for Dr. Nikkie Saldivar Hodgson

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Dr. Nikkie Saldivar Hodgson
Asst Professor of Practice — Department of Communication Studies
Assistant Professor — Department of Communication Studies
CENT 321
phone: (512) 245-5472

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Nikkie Saldivar Hodgson, Ph.D. has 33 years of experience in higher education and her roles have included teaching, enrollment, retention, recruitment, civic engagement, employee development and training, organizational development, and operations. She is currently researching the speech act theory in maternal relationships across ethnic groups, leadership language usage in political speeches, small working group relationships, nonverbal communication and use of social media in relationships. Her current position is with Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas where she is an assistant professor of practice. In addition to her higher education career, she is a first time children's book author and provides consulting services to organizations.

Teaching Interests

Family Communication, Organizational Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Leadership Communication, Cultural Communication, Non-Verbal Communication, Employee Development/Training, Leadership Studies, etc.

Research Interests

Speech Act Theory in maternal relationships across ethnic groups and leadership language usage in political speeches, small group communication, online relationships.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Saldivar Hodgson, M. N., & Hanson, S. (2022). Small Groups: Effectiveness in a University Classroom and the Role Gender Plays in Group Interactions, 20(51:307), 1–3. https://doi.org/10:366481/1550-7521.20.51.307
  • Rehman, S., & Saldivar Hodgson, M. N. (2020). Deleting Relationships in the Digital World, XIII(02), 13. Retrieved from https://aiou.edu.pk/SAB/gmj/CurrentIssue.asp
  • Saldivar Hodgson, M. N., Yom-Tov, E., Strong, W. F., Priscilla, F., & Giselle, R. N. (2019). Concerns of Female Adolescents about Menarche and First Sexual Intercourse: A Mixed Method Analysis of Social Media Questions., JMIR Pediatr Parent 2019;2(1):e13158(JMIR Pediatr Parent 2019;2(1):e13158), 9. https://doi.org/10:2196
  • Saldivar Hodgson, M. N., Strong, W. F., & Flores, P. L. (2019). Concerns of Female Adolescents About Menarche and First Sexual Intercourse: Mixed Methods Analysis of Social Media Questions. Retrieved from support@jmir.org
  • Salter, C., Green, M. T., Saldivar Hodgson, M. N., & Joyner, N. (2013). The Language of Transformational Leaders: Addressing the needs of followers, 19(1), 60–68. Retrieved from jaabc.com/jaabcv19n1preview.html

Selected Service Activities

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Texas Transfer Advisory Committee’s Discipline Specific Subcommittee for the Field of Communication
October 18, 2023-May 31, 2024
Board Member
Gladys Porter Zoo Board Member -Valley Zoological Association
September 1, 2023-December 31, 2024
Board of Directors
Sea Turtle Inc.
January 1, 2023-December 31, 2024
Texas State Service Learning Advisory Board
January 1, 2024-August 31, 2024
Presidential Award Reviewer for Service
January 1, 2024-August 1, 2024