In 2003, Professor Endres was hired as chair of the former Speech Communication department at the University of Northern Colorado, following almost twenty of teaching and administrative experience at the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN), St. Olaf College, and the University of Minnesota. In that first year, a School of Communication was created from the departments of Communication Studies and Journalism & Mass Communications, and Endres became the School's first Director. In addition to administrative duties, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses such as the Capstone in Communication, Professional Speaking, and Introduction to Graduate Studies, along with seminars on Popular Culture, the Rhetoric of the American Road, and a study abroad class in Barcelona. Professionally, Endres has published over thirty book chapters and research articles in publications such as the Journal of Applied Communication Research, Communication Quarterly, Communication Studies, and Popular Music and Society; has delivered approximately 150 presentations and keynote addresses at state, regional, national, and international conferences; and has conducted seminars and workshops for a variety of organizations including Medtronic, 3M, and Honeywell. In 2002, his book Sturgis Stories: Celebrating the People of the World’s Largest Motorcycle Rally was released by Kirk House of Minneapolis. Among his various honors, Endres was named the 1994 Outstanding Advisor of the Year by Lambda Pi Eta; a 2000 Outstanding Individual by the Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota; and a 2001 Outstanding Professor from the National Speakers Association. In 2005, he received the UNC's Academic Leadership Excellence award. In 2008, he was recipient of the Rocky Mountain Communication Association’s Award for Communication Excellence and the Service to the State Award from the National Communication Association's States Advisory Council. He recently served as chair of the Finance Board for the Western States Communication Association, and is currently an officer for NCA’s National States Advisory Committee, the Association for Communication Administration, and the Rocky Mountain Communication Association.
- M.A.P.S., 2000 – St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity
- Ph.D., 1986 – University of Minnesota
- M.A., 1983 – University of Illinois
- B.S., 1982 – St. Cloud State University