About

Dr. David Lowry is a Professor of Communication and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. He has been teaching at Oklahoma Christian University since 2005. Before that, he taught at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. Lowry has made numerous presentations at national and international conferences and publishes in the area of college teaching and interpersonal communication. Dr. Lowry received his: Ph.D. in College Teaching in 1982 from the University of North Texas and holds the MS and BS degrees from Abilene Christian University. His motto borrowed from Michelangelo is “I am still learning…”

INTELLECTUAL CONTRIBUTIONSRefereed Articles 

Lowry, D., Austin, C., Vogel, H., & Rosser, C., (2014) Educating Citizen Scientist in a Convergent Culture (in press) Journal of Transformative Learning

Lowry, D., Kooi, C., & Lindsey, G., (2014). When the Nation Came to Cordell: The High Price of Dissent and Conscience in Oklahoma, Oklahoma Humanities Magazine, Fall 2014, Vol. 7 (3) pp. 32 – 35.

Austin, C., Nichols, A. & Lowry, D.N. (2013).  Assessing the process of becoming a scientist, Journal of Transformative Learning, Vol. 2, 35-39.

Simmons, B. K. & Lowry, D. N. (1990).  Terrorist in the News, as Reflected in Three News Magazines.  Journalism Quarterly, 76, 692-696.

Power, W. G. & Lowry, D. N. (1984).  Basic communication fidelity and nationality: Perceptions of group interaction variables.  Communication Research Reports, 1 (1), 48-53.

Book Chapter

Powers, W. G. & Lowry, D. N. (1984).  Competence in Communication: A Multidimensional Approach. Hollywood, CA:  Sage.

Presentations

2014:  Transformative Learning Conference, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma. Austin, C, Vogel, H. & Lowry, D.N. Educating Citizen-Scientists in a Convergence Culture. Paper presented at the conference.

2013:  Heartland eLearning Conference, University of Central Oklahoma.  Lowry, D.N. & Dvorak, J. Resistance is Futile:  the Impact of Convergence and Futurism on Learning. at the conference.  Paper presented at the conference.

2013:  Transformative Learning Conference, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma. Austin, C., Nichols, A., & Lowry, D.N. Accessing the process of becoming a scientist. Paper presented at the conference.

2007:  Western States Communication Association, Seattle, Washington.  Jordan, M.A., Babinski, L. & Lowry, D.N. The Press and the Criminal Justice System. Paper presented at the 78th annual convention

2005:  National Communication Association , Boston, Massachusetts.  O’Neill D., Lowry, D.N. and Lowry, L.R. Differences in perceived interactional justice in caucus and joint session. Paper presented at the ninety-first annual convention

2002:  Broadcast Education Association, Las Vegas, Nevada.  Lowry, D. N. & Jordan, M. Using technology to maximize learning in the communication law classroom. Paper presented at the forty-sixth annual convention

1996:  Speech Communication Association , San Diego, California.  Rowland, R. R. & Lowry, D. N. The perceptual relationship between a youth minister’s interpersonal communicative behaviors and parishioner satisfaction with church youth programs. Paper presented at the eighty-second annual meeting

1995:  International Communication Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Kieran-Johnson, K., Shatzer, M. J., Lowry, D. N. & Shores, D. Effects of the implementation characteristic of communicability on the innovation response of first time users of telephone registration. Paper presented to the forty-fifth annual meeting

1995:  Speech communication Association, San Antonio, Texas.  Lowry, D. N. Drastic changes on the horizon: communication and computer technology in the courtroom. Paper presented at the eighty-first annual meeting

1994:  Christian Scholar’s Conference, Malibu, California.  Rowland, R. R. & Lowry, D. N. Interpersonal communication in campus ministry and religiosity: a longitudinal study. Paper presented at the annual conference

1994:  International Communication Association, Sydney, Australia.  Malhotra, S., Lowry, D. N. & Shatzer, M. J. Satellite television viewership and perception of women’s gender roles in India. Presentation at the forty-fourth annual conference

1994:  Speech Communication Association, New Orleans, Louisiana.  Koehn, S.C. & Lowry, D. N., Student produced television programs: the relationship of play theory, flow experiences, and experiential learning. Paper presented at the eightieth annual meeting

1993:  Speech Communication Association, Miami, Florida.  Lowry, D. N. Communication in the inner city: unique channels and unique codes. A fantasy theme analysis of gangsta rap music. Presentation at the SCA seminar series Cities Aflame: The Ultimate Social Divergence, Paper presented at the seventy-ninth annual meeting

1991:  Speech Communication Association, Chicago, Illinois.  Laird-Pfieffer, A, VanRheenen, D., and Lowry, D. N. Using the ICA audit to analyze religious communication: a case study and critical assessment presented at the seventy-sixth annual meeting

1990:  Speech Communication Association, Chicago, Illinois.  Lowry, D. N., Rowland, R., and Casey, M. Campus ministry and religiosity: a longitudinal study presented at the seventy-sixth annual association meeting.

1989:  Speech Communication Association, New Orleans, Louisiana.  Lowry, D. N. & Casey, M. An examination of elders’ decisions and backstage behaviors within California churches of Christ: An initial investigation presented at the seventy-fourth convention

1989:  Christian Scholars’ Conference, Malibu, California.  Lowry, D. N. & Rowland, R. Interpersonal skills of Protestant ministers in southern California: An initial survey presented at the annual conference in July

1989:  Speech Communication Association Convention, Chicago, Illinois.  Lowry, D. N. & Rowland, R. A qualitative and quantitative investigation of selected interpersonal skills of Protestant minister in southern California at the seventy-fifth annual convention

1988:  Christianity and Communication, Wheaton, Illinois.  Lowry, D. N. The Campus Media as a Means of Developing Community presented at the June conference

1988:  Christian Scholars’ Conference, Malibu, California.  Lowry, D. N. The ethical dilemmas of teaching broadcasting presented at the annual conference

1988:  Christian Scholars’ Conference, Malibu, California.  Lowry, D. N. The ethical dilemmas of running a campus radio station at a church related school presented at the annual conference

1987:  Speech Communication Association Convention, Chicago, Illinois.  VanRheenen, D. D. Shores, D., & Lowry, D. N. Religious Values Implicit in contemporary theory and research: the message process approach presented at the seventy-third annual convention

1985:  International Communication Association, Honolulu, Hawaii.  Lowry, D. N. & Gipson, M.H. The impact of piagetian intellectual development stages upon basic communication fidelity: an initial report presented at the annual convention

1984:  Oklahoma Speech Association, Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Lowry, D. N. & Patterson, P. R. Building a competency based mass communication degree presented at the annual convention

1983:  International Communication Association, Dallas, Texas.  Powers, W. G. & Lowry, D. N. The perceptual impact of basic communication fidelity and nationality upon selected group interaction variables presented at the annual meeting

1982:  North Texas State University, Denton, Texas.  Lowry, D. N. The perceptual impact of basic communication fidelity and nationality upon selected group interaction variables. Unpublished doctoral dissertation

1981:  International Communication Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Powers, W. G. & Lowry, D. N. Basic communication fidelity, English language learning, and projected instructional success presented at the annual meeting

1980:  International Communication Association, Acapulco, Mexico.  Bullock, L. M., Faherty, K. & Lowry, D. N. Perceived communication and training needs of school professionals and parents presented at the annual meeting

1980:  International Communication Association, Acapulco, Mexico.  Lowry, D. N. & Jones, C. K. Predicting sex role by communicator style, the role of androgyny in Norton’s communicator style construct presented at the annual convention

1979:  Texas Speech Communication Association, Corpus Christi, Texas.  Lowry D. N. Language intensity and a model of persuasion: possible intervention strategies for superior-subordinate relationships presented and the annual convention

1979:  Heath Communication Conference, Washington, District of Columbia.  Cook, J. A., & Lowry, D. N. The impact of mainstreamed communication handicapped students on high school expectancies, interaction anxiety, and interpersonal perceptions of public education presented at the annual conference at Howard University

Professional Seminars / Workshops

2013:  University of Central Oklahoma’s Heartland eLearning Conference. Co-Presented a paper, ” Resistance is Futile: the Impact of Convergence and Futurism on Learning” with Dr. Jim Dvorak, Associate Professor of Bible and Director of the North Institute for Teaching and Learning at Oklahoma Christian University, February 26, 2013. Edmond, Oklahoma.

2013:  University of Central Oklahoma’s Transformative Learning Conference. Co-presented paper, “Assessing the Process of Becoming a Scientist,” with Dr. Chris Austin, Assistant Professor of Physics and Dr. Amanda Nichols, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, March 27, 2013. Edmond, Oklahoma.

2013:  Oklahoma Christian University Faculty Workshop. Presentation to university faculty about HLC assessment guidelines, May 1, 2013. Edmond, Oklahoma.

2012:  Oklahoma Christian University Faculty Development Luncheon. Dr. David Lowry and Dr. Jim Dvorak co-presented a session on Convergent Culture at the April 4, 2012 Faculty Development Luncheon at Oklahoma Christian University. Edmond, Oklahoma.

2011:  Peacemakers Conference. Attended Peacemakers Ministries Workshop, April 7-12, 2011, hosted by Quail Springs Church of Christ, Oklahoma City, OK Oklahoma City, OK, Oklahoma.

2010:  Educators Leadership Academy. Attended Four Sessions hosted by the University of Central Oklahoma, for Higher Education Administrators. Edmond, Shawnee, Broken Arrow and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

2010:  Compassionate Communication Oklahoma Seminar. Attended in February: Non-violent Communication in Recovery: Living Authentic Relationships Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

2010:  Courage to Teach Workshop. Attended in April this workshop on proficiency in teaching. Seminole, Oklahoma.

2010:  Educators Leadership Academy. This conference held on May 19 and 20 gave profitable instruction on How to be an Effective Chair. Edmond, Oklahoma.

2009:  Peacemakers Conference. This conflict resolution conference was hosted by the Quail Springs Church of Christ on December 12. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Christian Worldview and Philosophy

Whether admitted or not, the work of a scholar is always rooted in some kind of personal belief system and cannot be conducted in some theoretic vacuum of objectivity. As you proceed through the course, I want you to know that the lens that I use to examine ethical systems is based upon a Judeo-Christian worldview. I think the Christian writer Gordon MacDonald best expresses my feelings:

 To think Christianly means to look at our world from the perspective that it is made and owned by God, that what we do with creation will have to be accounted for, and that it is important to make choices according to the laws of God. The Bible calls this stewardship. Christian thinking looks at all issues and ideas from the standpoint of what God desires and what might give honor to him. (Gordon MacDonald in Ordering Your Private World)

At the same time, I strive to be aware of and sensitive to the diversity that exists in a university such as ours. While it is not my intention to use our class to provide overt religious training and/or indoctrination, I will make linkages, as they arise and I perceive them, between what we study and the Christian faith.

Courses Taught