Erica Newport is a communications/interdisciplinary scholar, educator, speaker, and academic leader. In March 2018, she was appointed by Dean Brvenik as the Chair of General Education and General Studies/Interdisciplinary Studies at Keiser University, New Port Richey. In the interim, she chairs the psychology department. In August 2017, she secured her Ph.D. from the Department of Graduate Studies and Research, in the College of Journalism and Communications, at the University of Florida. She has been instructing Communications (speech, writing, composition, business, and interpersonal) and General Education (English, English Comp) courses in the Tampa Bay Area for Keiser University, since 2016.