David Whitt, Ph.D.

Contact Information

David Whitt, Ph.D.
Professor of Communication
Communication Studies
Office location

Smith-Curtis 330C

Office hours

FALL 2020



(402) 465-2387

Knowledge is good.
- Emil Faber


B.S. Wayne State College 1989
M.A. University of Nebraska-Lincoln 1991
Ph.D. University of Nebraska-Lincoln 2002

Courses taught

COMM 1250 - Introduction to Communication Studies
COMM 2600 - Mass Media
COMM 3200 - Persuasion
COMM 4100 - Communication in the Professions
IDS 1010 - Songs of Ascent: The Music and Meaning of U2

Course schedule

FALL  2020

COMM 1250 - Introduction to Communication Studies  TTh  2-3:40
COMM 2600 - Mass Media  TTh  8-9:40
COMM 3200 - Persuasion  MWF  8:20-9:30


Research and academic interests


- Whitt, D. (2020). Popular Music in the Classroom: Essays for Instructors. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishing. 

- Whitt, D. & Perlich, J. (2014). Myth in the Modern World: Essays on Intersections with Ideology and Culture. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishing.

- Perlich, J. & Whitt, D. (2010). Millennial Mythmaking: Essays on the Power of Science Fiction and
Fantasy Literature, Films, and Games.
Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishing.

- Whitt, D. & Perlich, J. (2008). Sith, Slayers, Stargates and Cyborgs: Modern Mythology in the New
. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

Other Publications:

- Whitt, D. (2013). "Whatever you do, don't blink!": Gothic Horror and the Weeping Angels Trilogy." In
G.Leitch (Ed.). Doctor Who in Time and Space: Essays on Themes, Characters, History and Fandom,
Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishing.

- Whitt, D. (2013). "I can get college credit for reading Batman? That's a joke right?": Confessions of a
Fanboy Professor Teaching Comic Books. In C.K. Syma & Rr. Weiner (Eds.). Graphic Novels and
Comics in the Classroom: Essays on the Educational Power of Sequential Art
. Jefferson, NC:
McFarland Publishing.

- Charney, C. & Whitt, D. (September, 2014). "Music as a medium to engage students." The Scholarly Teacher.

Research Interests: Film, TV, Music & Popular Culture

Other Links: 

2018 NWU article on U2 conference attended in Belfast, Northern Ireland: https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/research-takes-stude…

2017 Jacobs Media Strategies The Guest List: 5 Reasons Why It's Important to Teach Popular Music History. https://jacobsmedia.com/5-reasons-why-its-important-to-teach-popular-mu…

2015 TEDx Lincoln Speaker with Karla Jensen "Happiness is Serious Business"

2012 NWU Communication Professor is First American to Judge Croatian Film Festival https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/nwu-communication-pr…

Professional and community affiliations, certifications and awards

2018-2019 NWU Exemplary Teacher Award https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/communication-studie… 

2014 Wayne State College School of Arts & Humanities Outstanding Alumnus Award

2014 NWU Faculty Scholarship Presentation Award

2012 Top Paper Presentation Award Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) Conference,
Taichung, Taiwan. From Guthrie to Dylan to Springsteen: Using Music Videos on YouTube to
Teach ESL Students American History and Culture.