Christopher Leland, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Department of Communication Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3705
Office Location: Rose Garden, #12
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Before coming to APU, Christopher Leland, Ph.D., taught, worked in academic affairs, and founded the forensics program at Colorado Christian University. Prior to that, he served as vice president of college student ministries for Focus on the Family and president of the Focus Leadership Institute.

His awarded teaching has been in a variety of communication topics, from persuasion/argumentation to political communication. He has taught courses in Christian worldview and faith integration. Leland also has significant professional communication experience, including serving as a speechwriter for the National Governors’ Association and working as a consultant to local, regional, and national political campaigns.

As an organizational seminar leader, Leland makes presentations for corporations on various topics that include team building through communication, speaking for success, and communicating the corporate image. Corporate clients have included Johnson and Johnson, Hershey Chocolate, Wal-Mart Incorporated, Pizza Hut Incorporated, and state and local government agencies. More recently, Leland has been asked to speak about comparative worldview issues as they relate to leadership.

Leland has published in a variety of areas, including articles on First Amendment issues, media impacts on society, campaign advertising, political speeches, and how Christians can best address the concerns of a postmodern culture. Colleges and universities, as well as churches, have called upon his speaking talents.


  • Ph.D., Political Communication, University of Oklahoma
  • M.A., Rhetoric, University of Arkansas
  • B.A., Politics and Government Communication, Ripon College

Academic Areas

  • Communication
    • Department of Communication Studies
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


  • Comparative Worldviews
  • Family, Church and Cultural Communication
  • Media Literacy
  • Political Campaign Communication
  • Public Affairs Communication in Organizations

Courses Taught

  • COMM 300 – Rhetorical Theory
  • COMM 301 – Communication Research
  • COMM 302 – Argumentation

Office Hours

T - 1:00-4:00pm
W - 8:00 - 10:00am
and by appointment

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