David Deifell, PhD
College of Liberal Arts
Dr. David Deifell is an Associate Professor in the College of Liberal Arts at Ashford University. Receiving his PhD in Communication Studies (concentrating in Rhetoric and Media) from The University of Iowa in 2003 and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Speech Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1994, he has taught at a number of different institutions of higher education all over the country, including Drake University, East Tennessee State University, Appalachian State University, Lees-McRae College, University of Puget Sound, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and The University of Iowa. Starting with Ashford's online programs in summer 2009 as an Instructional Specialist and then an online Instructor, Dr. Deifell became a Clinton campus Associate Professor of Speech in fall 2010. He is primarily responsible for teaching Speech and Communication courses and for developing the Communication Studies program on the Clinton campus. In addition, he serves on the Advisory Board of Ashford's Office for Service and Leadership and also works with the Scholar's Institute. His research interests engage a number of different areas, such as American public address, cultural studies, rhetorical theory and criticism, media studies, historiography, performance studies, social movements, environmental communication, and political communication.