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David Holmes 

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Admin

Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Dr. David Holmes is a native of Los Angeles. He taught at Pepperdine University, Seaver College for over 25 years and was the first African American to receive tenure (2003) and the rank of Full Professor (2008) in the Humanities Division. David also led in several administrative roles, including as Associate Dean for Curriculum and General Education. During his time at Seaver College, Professor Holmes was invited to two distinguished academic posts: as Visiting Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition at Arizona State University (2008) and the Langston Hughes Visiting Professor at the University of Kansas (2013).

Dr. Holmes has been invited to present at dozens of national conferences and has served as a referee for prestigious academic journals and book publishers as well as an academic program reviewer for universities.

Dean Holmes holds a Master of Arts in Leadership and Public Service from Lipscomb University, a doctorate in English (Rhetoric, Linguistics, and Literature) and a Master of Arts in English from the University of Southern California, a Master of Arts in English Literature from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communication with a minor in Greek from Oklahoma Christian University. He is the author of two books, several scholarly articles and the recipient of awards for teaching, scholarship and community service.

Academic Degrees

MA, Leadership and Public Service Lipscomb University; PhD, English (Rhetoric, Linguistics, and Literature) University of Southern California; MA, English University of Southern California; MA, English Literature California State University, Dominguez Hills; BA, Speech Communication Greek Minor Oklahoma Christian College

Academic Department

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences