David Sapp

David Alan Sapp, Ph.D., serves as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Chief of Staff for the Executive Vice President and Provost, and Professor of Educational Leadership at Loyola Marymount University. Dr. Sapp joined LMU in 2015 following fourteen years at 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 at Harvard University. In 2016, Dr. Sapp received a Fulbright grant to support his research 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 explores the ongoing struggles of disenfranchised populations, including in civic development projects and environmental activism. His recent research includes a book on teaching English language learners published by Bedford/St. Martin’s Press and a special issue of the Journal of Rhetoric, Professional Communication, and Globalization that he co-edited on human rights.

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, 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 Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at LMU, Dr. Sapp’s responsibilities include oversight of various units in the Academic Affairs division, including the Academy for Catholic Thought and Imagination, Air Force ROTC, Office of Assessment, Center for Urban Resilience, Institutional Research and Decision Support, Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles, LMU Extension (and Continuing Education), and the Marymount Institute for Faith, Culture, and the Arts.

As Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Fairfield University, Dr. Sapp 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.
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs 
Professor of Educational Leadership

Jessica Vitez 
Administrative Specialist 

Provost Office
1 LMU Drive, Suite 4820 
Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659
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