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David A. Benfell, Ph.D.
321 S. Main St. #12
Sebastopol, CA 95472
United States


Student Evaluations

“Easily the best instructor I've had at this school yet” – Fall 2007

“His instruction style is unorthodox, but overall is very beneficial in helping the students to learn and grow as speakers” – Fall 2008

“The instructor made me feel confident” – Spring 2009


Post-disciplinary, vegetarian ecofeminist scholar and researcher in Human Science. Determined to make a difference in students’ lives by fostering their ability to speak and write persuasively, think critically, and participate intelligently in civic life.

Teaching Cross-Cultural Communication
Tutoring/Mentoring Public and Persuasive Speaking
Supervisory Experience Computer Literate
Writing and Editing Expertise Technical Writing
Research Conflict Resolution

Willing to relocate and travel

Educational Experience

  • 2016 - Ph.D. in Human Science from Saybrook University, Oakland, CA
  • 2009 - Enrolled in Ph.D. program at the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA
  • 2009 - M.A. in Speech Communication from California State University, East Bay, Hayward, CA
  • 2005 – B.A. in Mass Communication, California State University, East Bay, Hayward, CA

Accomplishments and Skills

  • Taught undergraduate public speaking classes (30 students per class average) for nine quarters at California State University (CSU) East Bay.
  • Supervised Communication Lab at CSU East Bay
  • Served as teaching assistant for two professors at CSU East Bay
  • Fostered ability of students to think critically
  • Edited and critiqued students’ speeches
  • Tutored students to help improve their public and persuasive speaking
  • Composed challenging lesson plans to improve students’ ability to speak powerfully and persuasively
  • Raised students’ awareness for the need to heighten social, ecological and economic consciousness
  • Assisted and counseled students with academic problems

Major Projects and Papers

Other Publications

Academic Experience

  • Teaching Associate, California State University, East Bay 2007-09
  • Laboratory Assistant, California State University, East Bay 2007-08
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