Dennis Roby was hired September 13, 1971, to teach English on the early temporary campus at the Serra Center on Washington Boulevard. He had been a part-time faculty at the college teaching in the English department. As a full-timer, Dennis was instrumental in the creation and implementation of the programs of the writing lab and the sequencing of the writing courses, and served as the writing lab supervisor for two years. He also taught mathematics and philosophy classes and eventually moved from English into the Philosophy department. He acquired the rank of professor.
Dennis served as president of the faculty senate and twice chaired the CEER (Certificated Employee-Employer Relations) committee. He held a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship for college teachers. He was an enormously popular teacher and colleague and mentored students and younger faculty in several disciplines.
Dennis retired in December 2004, after 33.5 years of service. Upon his retirement, Dennis was granted Emeritus status.
After retirement, Dennis moved to Medford, Oregon, where he lives with his wife Susan and their dogs. He teaches philosophy and history for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute program at Southern Oregon University.
A true Renaissance man, Dennis has translated Greek drama into English. His daughter, Sarah Roby-Cooper, teaches psychology at Ohlone.