Dean Spicer holds a doctorate in Organizational Communication from the University of Texas at Austin. From 2003 to 2011, he was dean of the College of Fine Arts & Communications at Towson University, in Towson, Md.
From 1995 to 2003 he was dean of the School of the Arts at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. At Pacific Lutheran University, he also served as associate professor, professor and chair of the Department of Communication and Theatre. In 1999 he was a Fulbright Scholar at European University in Lisbon, Portugal.
Spicer has been published extensively in scholarly publications and has been actively involved in numerous civic, professional and community organizations.