Title: Associate Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Campus: Pomona, Calif.

Since 1993, Dr. David Layton has been a primary instructor of English in multiple capacities - teaching English composition, literature and English as a foreign language – in both the public and private sectors of higher education.

A constant contributor to the field, Mr. Layton involves himself with a vast amount of professional work, presenting and lecturing at multiple conferences and workshops each year. Additionally, Mr. Layton continues to practice what he teaches – authoring 18 works of critical reaction and five original pieces of published fiction.

Mr. Layton is a multiple recipient of the Ron Taylor Award – one of DeVry University’s highest forms of recognition. Named after a chief executive officer of DeVry Inc., the annual Ron Taylor award is presented to those who have truly exceeded performance expectations, going above and beyond their normal job function.

Mr. Layton’s contributions were previously recognized by his Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers award in1996.

Mr. Layton holds both a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Riverside, as well as both his master’s degree and doctorate, also in English, from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Thought Leadership

-       Traditional universities will increasingly hand over the instruction of writing to adjunct professors and undergraduate literature courses will similarly be handed over to graduate student teaching assistants. Due to these changes, tenure will become rarer and full professors will research, publish and make public appearances as the fundamental components of their jobs.

-       This trend, in turn, will exacerbate the growing rift between increasingly esoteric and abstract literary/cultural theory and the practical realities of education, which will increase the need for the teaching of real-world writing and communications.

-       The community colleges and market-funded colleges will step in to fill that need.

-       As industry leaders continue to tell higher education that their number one need is graduates who know how to communicate, the teaching colleges will be the ones fulfilling that need.

-       The major technological change will be the replacement of physical printed documents with electronic documents – already occurring with electronic textbooks.

-       The change in medium necessitates a change in general perspective, as people will not be interacting with printed language in the same way. The change in how one experiences reading will change the perception of what “reading” means.

To schedule an interview with David Layton, please contact Susie White at 312-861-5219 or susie.white@mslgroup.com.


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