David Alan Sapp is Professor of Educational Leadership in the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he teaches in the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership for Social Justice. Dr. Sapp joined the faculty at LMU in 2015 following fourteen years at the Jesuit institution Fairfield University in Connecticut, where he served as Professor of English and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Sapp earned his Ph.D. in Rhetoric from New Mexico State University and is a graduate of the Institute for Educational Management in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University.
As a specialist in technical writing with expertise in civic/community engagement and social justice, organizational communication, and educational program development, Dr. Sapp has done fieldwork along the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as in Brazil, China, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Spain, along with archival research in Uruguay. This work has explored the ongoing struggles of disenfranchised populations, including civic development projects and environmental activism. His recent research projects include a book on teaching students who speak English as a second language published by Bedford/St. Martin’s Press in 2014, and, in 2013, a special issue of the Journal of Rhetoric, Professional Communication, and Globalization that he co-edited on human rights and communication.
Dr. Sapp has also recently served on collaborative research projects on the topics of teacher credibility, student motivation, and conflict resolution that have been published in the International Journal of Communication, Communication Education, the Journal of Communication Studies, Communication Research Reports, and Communication Currents. In 2009, he co-edited a book on feminist pedagogy published by Johns Hopkins University Press, and in 2010, Dr. Sapp won a top research award from the Association for Business Communication for an article on the assessment of student internship experiences.
New Mexico State University: PhD, Rhetoric and Professional Communication
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga: MA, Rhetoric and Professional Communication
University of Minnesota: BA, English/Creative Writing
Areas of Expertise (7)
Administration in Higher Education
Feminist Theory and Pedagogy
Civic Engagement and Social Justice
Rhetoric and Organizational Communication
Service Learning and Community-Based Teaching
Teaching English in Global Contexts
Industry Expertise (2)
EDLA 7022 Qualitative Research in Education
This advanced research course focuses on a variety of qualitative research methods and designs for diverse educational settings, including ethnography, observations, interviews, and case studies. The research will be focused through the lends of social justice.
Trends in industry supervisors' feedback on business communication internshipsBusiness Communication Quarterly
2009 The purpose of this empirical study is to explore expectations of industry insiders and identify how student interns are performing in relation to those expectations as defined by 11 performance areas. The results of a survey of 238 industry supervisors were ...
Comparing grades in online and face-to-face writing courses: Interpersonal accountability and institutional commitmentComputers and Computation
2005 In spite of benefits surrounding distance education programs, many online writing courses suffer from low student completion rates. Student retention has been identified as a concern in a number of studies of online education. We extend this discussion by examining the ...
Your culture, my classroom, whose pedagogy? Negotiating effective teaching and learning in BrazilJournal of Studies in International Education
2004 This article explores the cross-cultural teaching and learning environment of a graduate course in a master's degree programin teaching English to speakers of other languages (MA-TESOL) offered by a US university in Brazil. The authors analyze the ...
Theoretical, political, and pedagogical challenges in the feminist classroom: Our struggles to walk the walkCollege Teaching
2003 The authors explore both theoretical issues in feminist pedagogy and the politics of the contemporary university classroom. They examine various intersections of gender, power, pedagogical theory, and academic discipline in order to bring greater attention to ...
A laboratory in citizenship: Service learning in the technical communication classroomTechnical Communication Quarterly
2002 This article presents an argument for and offers illustrations of service learning in technical communication courses and curricula. Alongside traditional internships that prepare students as future employees, service learning provides students with an education in ...