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David Harris, Ph.D. — Department Chair

Phone: 435-632-8245
Office: Jennings 140

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Ph.D., Communication, University of Utah - 2014
M.A., Professional Communication, Southern Utah University - 2009
Dixie State College of Utah - 2008 to present

Area of Specialty:

Broadcast Production

Previous Positions:

Freelance Television Production, FDG, Riverside, Calif. - 1997 to present
President, Allied Videographic Services, Hurricane, Utah - 2007 to present
Operations Manager, KCSG Television, St. George, Utah - 2004-2007
Producer. Utah Transit Authority. Salt Lake City, Utah - 2001-2004

Dr. David Harris received his Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Utah, and is a big fan of teaching, learning, technology, and communication. He thoroughly enjoys the investigation process and reads NTSB accident reports simply because he finds them fascinating. He believes that investigating the world around us allows us to better understand how we relate to others, and the process trains us to become more effective members of society.

His motto is "If it's difficult, work hard and get it done quickly." He completed a Master's degree in one year and then faced a choice: either discontinue work at Dixie State University and move to Salt Lake City for the University of Utah's doctoral program or commute to Salt Lake while continuing to work at DSU. He choose the latter and commuted to Salt Lake, sometimes twice a week, to attend classes in the doctoral program. Even while commuting more than 300 miles each way, he still pushed to get the program done quickly, and he was able to complete the program in four years.

In his pre-academic life, Dr. Harris travelled the United States producing a variety of television and video productions for a multitude of clients. He worked for a news agency and shot video of police standoffs and major flooding. He has shot sports video that spans the range of sporting events and includes running camera on the floor of the Utah Jazz, and he has directed newscasts, sporting events, and a host of other types of productions. His passion is live television. The intensity and stress of living in the moment and breathing a sigh of relief at the end of the show is a feeling like no other.

In his spare time, Dr. Harris programs applications for Android, Mac OS, and iOS devices and builds custom software packages for major events. His scoreboard software programs have been used at AMA Supercross, PBR Bull Riding, and PRCA rodeo events. He has spent the last 10 years teaching himself to program and knows a variety of programming languages. What started out as a hobby has turned into a lucrative career. His love of technology transfers into the classroom. He believes technology can be harnessed to build a stronger knowledge base in a world flooded with information.

David, his wife, Shelly, and their four children enjoy playing games, taking trips to Pine Valley, and visiting family. Both David and Shelly have lived in the St. George area for the bulk of their lives. The wonderful people, the excellent weather, and the beautiful landscape are like no other place on earth!!