David Sapp

David Alan Sapp, Ph.D., serves as Special Assistant to the Provost for Undergraduate Education and Professor of Educational Leadership at Loyola Marymount University. Dr. Sapp joined LMU in 2015 following fourteen years at the Jesuit institution Fairfield University in Connecticut, where he served as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of English. Dr. Sapp earned his Ph.D. in Rhetoric from New Mexico State University and studied in the Institute for Educational Management in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. In 2016, Dr. Sapp received a Fulbright grant to support his research and consultancies at the Universidad del Norte in the República de Colombia.

As a specialist in technical writing with expertise in civic/community engagement and social justice, organizational communication, and educational program development, Dr. Sapp has conducted 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 explored the ongoing struggles of disenfranchised populations, including civic development projects and environmental activism. His recent research includes a book on teaching English language learners 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 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.

In his role as Special Assistant to the Provost for Undergraduate Education at LMU, Dr. Sapp’s responsibilities include oversight of the Academic Resource Center and its various programs of student academic support, the office of Disability Support Services, and the Katz Family Skills Program. As Associate VP for Academic Affairs at Fairfield University, he led successful initiatives on undergraduate retention and graduation, academic support services, and student-faculty collaborative research; he supervised two federal TRIO programs to support low-income and first-generation students; and he shepherded several donor gifts to support faculty-student mentorship of research.


David Alan Sapp, Ph.D.

Special Assistant to the Provost for Undergraduate Education

Professor of Educational Leadership 


Maribel C. Mara 

Administrative Specialist

Loyola Marymount University


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