- A.B.: Glenville State College
- M.A.: West Virginia University
Backus began his teaching career in two secondary school systems in West Virginia. After 11 years, he spent one year on the faculty at Marshall University before accepting a graduate teaching assistantship at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Before coming to Cal U in 1983, he spent one year as an assistant professor at Purdue Calumet.
Backus has a keen interest in politics, the political process and organizational decision-making. He occasionally serves as a consultant to political candidates and to public relations professionals or agencies.
He is married, has two adult children and tries to combat weeds on a small farm near Hickory, Pa., where his leisure activity consists of tending gardens and reading.
- Public Relations
- Oral Communication
- Communication Theory
- Group Decision Making
- Department of Communication Studies
- B.A. Communication Studies