David S. Shipley
Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Communication and Media
N 311  Divinity Hall

David Shipley is a senior ranking faculty member in the Department of Communication and Media. Teaching in his 30th year at Samford, Shipley is mainly responsible for instruction in Mass Media Law and Mass Media Ethics. He came to Samford in 1993 to create the public relations sequence of courses and remained in that role until 2008. He formed and served as faculty advisor for Samford's Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter, and he received the PRSSA Southeast District Faculty Advisor of the Year in 1995. Encouraging JMC students to think outside our cultural borders, Shipley has taught mass media courses in London nine times.

Based on his experience in JMC’s London coursework, Shipley served as Samford’s Director of International Studies 2008-2013. During this time, Samford ranked thirteenth in the nation for study abroad participation by the Institute for International Education in New York. Combining his lifelong interests in global education and instruction, Shipley was named national chair of the NAFSA Academy of International Education in 2016.

Shipley is or has been a member of the National Communication Association, Phi Kappa Phi and Kappa Tau Alpha national honor societies, the University Continuing Education Association, and NAFSA: Association for International Educators.

He is married with three grown daughters. His hobbies include cooking, singing with the Alabama Symphony Chorus, and a life-long love/hate relationship with the game of golf.

Degrees and Certifications

  • A.B.J., The University of Georgia
  • M.A., The University of Georgia
  • Ph.D., Louisiana State University