David Deggs, Ph.D., hails from West Central Louisiana, with family roots in East Texas. He was the first in his immediate family to earn a four-year degree. After completing his undergraduate and master’s degrees at Northwestern State University of Louisiana, he went on to earn a doctorate in adult and human resource education from Louisiana State University.
Deggs identifies as a student who benefited from great mentors, teachers and coaches. Although he was self-motivated, he admits he needed people to challenge him to think more boldly and creatively.
As an educator, Deggs is determined to embody the ideas and expectations of the teachers and mentors who influenced his life. He strives to meet students where they are at in their academic journey, and to encourage and motivate them.
A Conversation with Dr. Deggs
What would you tell a student who is thinking about attending A&M-Commerce?
A&M-Commerce is a very student-centric university that will meet you where you are on your educational journey. Whether you are a first-time freshman or a transfer student, there is a place for you at A&M-Commerce. Be courageous to take that first step. Do not be afraid to ask questions. A group of dedicated faculty and staff are ready and willing to guide and support you.
What draws you to your discipline?
I have always been fascinated about the way we approach learning throughout the lifespan in all areas of life: work, school, home and community. Learning is both a personal and group activity that requires engagement with others and self-reflection. Nothing motivates me more than to hear someone’s personal story of transformation through active learning and development. Everyone’s story is unique and valuable.
What has been your favorite course to teach?
My favorite course to teach is ORGL 3332: Organizational Behavior. I really enjoy helping students to better understand how personal actions and decisions drive the success of an organization. It is always encouraging when students realize that their contributions do matter on a larger scale. More importantly, nothing excites me more than to hear what students will do now as leaders in their organization to help it grow and thrive.
- Ph.D., Adult and Human Resource Education, Louisiana State University, 2005
- M.Ed., Adult and Continuing Education, Northwestern State University of Louisiana, 2000
- B.G.S., Social Sciences, Northwestern State University of Louisiana, 1999
- Adult Learner College Transition and Success
- College Teaching and Learning Effectiveness
Conway, D., Deggs, D., & Rola, K. (2021). Convergence of adult learners, STEM programs, and promise programs in community colleges. In D. Smith, R. Lewis and L. Singleton (Eds.) Community colleges and workforce preparation in the 21st century. (pp. 59-73).
Deggs, D. & Boren, E. (2020) Access participation, and support of adult learners. In T. Rocco and R. Mizzi (Eds), 2020 handbook for adult and continuing education. (pp. 100-106).
Miller, M. T., & Deggs, D. M. (2020). Intentional Interactions and Identity Development: Perspectives on Education?. Journal of Education, Society and Behavioural Science, 14-22.
Miller, M. T., Grover, K. S., & Deggs, D. M. (2020). A Profile of Returning Graduates in Community College Occupational Education A Decade Later. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 1-6.