He teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in African American Studies, Intercultural Communication, the Rhetoric of Social Movements, Rhetorical Traditions, and Organizational Communication. His research and publications include critical intercultural communication, rhetoric, diversity, and the communication of violence prevention.
Dr. Hopson served as Chair of the International and Intercultural Division of the National Communication Association (2017). Additionally, he is a committee member for Research on Black Male Achievers, National Guide Right Program (since 2015). Most recently he served as Director of the PhD Program in the Department of Communication (2014 – 2017).
Previous assignments include Chair of the African American Communication and Culture Division/NCA (2008); Communication Specialist for GMU’s international collaboration to reduce gang violence in Trinidad and Tobago (2009); Committee member for the Police-Community Relations Project at GMU (2013); and Co-director of Campus Climate Committee at GMU (2014).
Dr. Hopson facilitates Changing Lives Through Literature (CLTL) for Fairfax County Public Libraries. CLTL is a nationally recognized alternative sentencing program for juvenile offenders. Additional workshops and facilitations include relationship abuse, sexual assault and violence prevention provided to more than 6,000 learners.
Recent awards include the 2018 Community Service Award from the Dulles-Leesburg (VA) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity; the 2011 Spirit of Martin Luther King Award, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA; and contributor to R. L. Jackson’s (Ed.) Encyclopedia of identity (Sage) awarded 2011 Outstanding Resource at the Winter Conference of the American Library Association.