David Kahl Jr., Ph.D.

David Kahl Jr., Ph.D.
Program Chair and Professor, Communication
44 Kochel

Mailing Address:
ERIE, PA 16563

Dr. David H. Kahl Jr. is a professor of communication at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. He received a B.A. in economics from Concordia College, MN, and a Ph.D. in communication from North Dakota State University. Because of his interests in pedagogy and learning, he conducts research in the areas of communication education, instructional communication, and critical communication pedagogy.

Dr. Kahl has published articles in regional, national, and international journals, and seeks to apply his research to his teaching. Dr. Kahl has presented his research at a variety of conferences, and has received awards for his work at both the regional and national levels.

Courses Taught

  • CAS 100A, Effective Speech
  • CAS 100H, Effective Speech
  • CAS 212, Professional Public Speaking
  • CAS 250, Small Group Communication
  • CAS 360, Communication for Teachers
  • CAS 450W, Group Communication Theory and Research
  • CAS/WMNST 455: Gender Roles in Communication

Critical Communication Pedagogy, Neoliberalism, Autoethography, Critical Assessment, Special Populations of Students, Communication Education


Kahl, D. (2018). [Review of the book Teaching from the heart: Critical communication pedagogy in the communication classroom]. Central States Communication Association Scholarship Supplement, (3). 17-18.


Kahl, D. (2018). Autoethnography as a catalyst for pedagogical change for special populations of students. In A. Atay & D. Trebing (Eds.), The discourse of special populations: Critical intercultural communication pedagogy and practice (pp. 23-38). New York, NY: Routledge. Peer-reviewed/refereed.

Kahl, D. (2018). Neoliberalism and millennial faculty: Resistance through critical communication pedagogy and critical mentoring. In A. Atay, & M. Z. Ashlock (Eds.), Millennial culture and communication pedagogies: Narratives from the classroom and higher education (pp. 3-19). New York, NY: Lexington Books. Peer-reviewed/refereed.


Kahl, D. (2019). Challenging neoliberal justification for labor exploitation through the application of critical communication pedagogy. Communication Teacher, 33, 286-291.

Kahl, D. (2018). Creating critical objectives and assessments using a critical communication pedagogical framework. Communication Teacher, 32, 36-41.

Kahl, D. (2018). Critical communication pedagogy as a response to the petroleum industry's neoliberal communicative practices. Communication Teacher, 32, 148-153.

Kahl, D. (2017). Addressing the challenges of critical communication pedagogy scholarship: Moving toward an applied agenda. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 45, 116-120.

Kahl, D. (2017). Envisioning instructional communication research as a multi-paradigmatic response to neoliberalism's effect on instruction. Communication Education, 66, 481-483.

Kahl, D. (2016). Men's rights activists and the Ray Rice domestic violence case: Using critical communication pedagogy to counter hegemonic masculinity. Discourse: The Journal of the Speech Communication Association of South Dakota, 3, 96-102.

Kahl, D. (2015). Analyzing masculinist movements: Responding to antifeminism through critical communication pedagogy. Communication Teacher, 29, 21-26.

Kahl, D. (2015). Enhancing the immediacy behaviors of prospective teachers: Using children's books as a pedagogical tool. Journal of the Communication, Speech & Theatre Association of North Dakota, 28, 63-68.

Kahl, D. (2015). The classroom as a space of resistance: Disrupting neoliberal politics through critical communication pedagogy. Cinema Journal Teaching Dossier, 3(2), 3.

Kahl, D. (2014). Basic course central student learning outcomes: Enhancing the traditional with the critical. Basic Communication Course Annual, 26, 34-43.

Kahl, D. (2014). High school public speaking curriculum: Assessment through student voice. Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, 15, 51-58.

Kahl, D. (2013). Critical communication pedagogy and assessment: Reconciling two seemingly incongruous ideas. International Journal of Communication, 7, 2610-2630.

Kahl, D. (2013). Viewing critical communication pedagogy through a cinematic lens. Communication Teacher, 27, 99-103.

Kahl, D. (2012). Learning with gadgets: Teaching persuasive strategies through student-created infomercials. Communication Teacher, 26, 147-151.

Jairam, D., & Kahl, D. (2012). Navigating the doctoral experience: The role of social support in successful degree completion. International Journal of Doctoral Studies, 7, 311-329.

Kahl, D. (2011). Autoethnography as pragmatic scholarship: Moving critical communication pedagogy from ideology to praxis. International Journal of Communication, 5, 1927-1946.

Kahl, D. (2010). Connecting autoethnography with service learning: A critical communication pedagogical approach. Communication Teacher, 24, 221-228.

Kahl, D. (2010). Making a difference: (Re)connecting communication scholarship with pedagogy. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 38, 298-302.

Kahl, D. (Primary Author), Venette, S., & Prudhomme, L. (2010). To lecture or let go: A comparative analysis of student speech outlines from teacher-centered and learner-centered classrooms. Communication Teacher, 24, 178-186.

Burnett, A., Mattern, J. L., Herakova, L. L., Kahl, D., Tobola, C., & Bornsen, S. E. (2009). Communicating/muting date rape: A co-cultural theoretical analysis of communication factors contributing to rape culture on a college campus. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 37, 465-485.

DeWitt, L., Pearson, J. C., Tyma, A., Wolf, K., & Kahl, D. (2007). At home among strangers: The acculturation process of female African refugees in the Upper Midwest. Iowa Journal of Communication, 39, 5-24.

Pearson, J. C., Child, J. T., DeWitt, L., & Kahl, D. (2007). Facing the fear: An analysis of speech-anxiety content in public-speaking textbooks. Communication Research Reports, 24, 159-168.

Pearson, J. C., Child, J. T., & Kahl, D. (2006). Preparation meeting opportunity: How do college students prepare for public speeches? Communication Quarterly, 54, 351-366.

Pearson, J. C., Child, J. T., Mattern, J. L., & Kahl, D. (2006). What are students being taught about ethics in public speaking textbooks? Communication Quarterly, 54, 507-521.


Kahl, D. (2013). "Power in the classroom: How do teachers use it?" Communication Currents., 8(4) .

Kahl, D. (2012). "Communicators speak." Communication Currents., 7(4) .

Kahl, D. (2011). "Practical advice from communication experts." Communication Currents., 6(1) .

Kahl, D. (2011). "Practical advice from communication experts: Communication resolutions for 2012." Communication Currents., 6(6) .

Kahl, D. (2010). "Practical advice from communicating about "back-to-school jitters"." Communication Currents., 5(4) .

Burnett, A., & Kahl, D. (2009). "How date rape is communicated on campus." Communication Currents., 4(6) .

Ph D, Communication, North Dakota State University

Graduate College Teaching Certificate, College Teaching, North Dakota State University

BA, Economics, Concordia College