Published on May 4, 2021 by Sean Flynt
Samford professor David Dedo is retiring this spring after three decades of service in two academic programs–communication studies and English.
Dedo changed majors several times as an undergraduate but finally settled on history and English. He said he continued his education because he still wanted to learn, and found that teaching would be a good way to continue learning while still doing what he loved.
Since joining Samford’s faculty in 1990, Dedo has taught courses in communication arts, public speaking and professional communication. He is especially interested in how new technology is changing writing and other forms of communication, and what that means for his students.
Outside of the classroom, Dedo has enjoyed golf, yard work and volunteering with an ACT ministry that helps the unemployed and people changing careers prepare their resumes and sharpen their job search skills.
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.