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Dr. David P. Byers

  • Title: Associate Professor
    Program Director Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education (AEDU)
    Program Direction Bachelor of Arts in Business (BUSC)
  • College: College of Business
  • Email Address: david.byers@bellevue.edu
  • Office Phone: (402) 557-7739
  • Office Location: #942 Lozier Professional Center
  • Degrees Awarded: B.A. University of Colorado-Denver, 1985; M.A. University of Phoenix, 1995; Ph.D. Capella University, 2005

At Bellevue University, I started as an adjunct professor teaching the courses in the undergraduate management program and the required course for undergrad students entitled the "Signature Series".

When I started working full-time as a professor at BU, I was the program director of and teacher for the Master of Arts in Leadership degree for eight years. I also continued to teach in the Signature Series and other programs, as well as to develop numerous courses in a variety of degree programs at BU.

I now am the Program Director for undergraduate Adult Education and the Business degree programs at BU.

My undergraduate degree was in Speech/Communication with an emphasis in Theater from the University of Colorado at Denver.

My master's degree was in Adult and Continuing Education from the University of Phoenix.

My doctorate degree was in Education with a specialization in Teaching and Learning from Capella University.

I'm working on a second master's degree--this time in History with academic certificates in both Leadership in Western Civilization and Leadership in Religious Studies.

I also have numerous college credits in early childhood education and adult education/training.

I've been a teacher in a variety of settings for my entire professional career in everything from early childhood education to homeschooling to higher education and everything in between.

I was born and raised in Denver, but moved to Omaha in 1996 to work as Family Teachers (with my wife) at Boys Town. I then went on to be a trainer for many years in the corporate world teaching everything from soft skills to management/leadership skills to the use of technical software.

My wife and I have homeschooled our children for over 20 years. We co-authored two books on homeschooling. The first book entitled "College-Prep Homeschooling" (now in its second edition) came out a few years ago and was published by Mapletree Publishing. They also published our second book, which is entitled "Leadership Lessons for Homeschooled Teens, which came out in 2012.

I've been involved in a variety of volunteer positions over the years from den leader, to P.E. teacher, to coaching, to spelling bee judge, to helping out at church. I've been involved with ASTD in the past and was once even on the board as secretary. At work, I'm involved in various leadership and volunteer positions, as well, such as co-faculty chair for the Pi Gamma Mu association at BU and being a regular contributor to our internal web site called "Ethical Insights". I've mentored students, trainers, and other teachers for years both formally and informally.

My favorite thing to do is to teach! I've never had a more fulfilling career. I've shared my teaching philosophy below as this is something I try to live up to each day.

My Educational Philosophy is: Learning should not end simply because one completes a course or earns a degree. Instead, one should have an unquenchable desire to learn throughout life for the continuous purposes of individual development and the betterment of society. As an educator, my goal is to instill and fuel this desire within every person with whom I interact through consistent examples of personal integrity, professional service, and a lifelong pursuit to perfect the skills of my craft.

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