Douglas Deiss, PhD

Douglas Deiss

Residential Faculty

Department: Communication & World Languages

Contact Information

Campus: Main

Office Number: O2-117


Phone number: (623) 845-3985

Office Hours:

Monday & Wednesday, 8 - 9 a.m.

Tuesday & Thursday, 8 - 9:30 a.m.



Dr. Deiss is the Department Chair for Communication and World Languages. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication from Marist College, a Master's degree in Communication from San Diego State University, and a Ph.D. in Communication from Arizona State University. His general teaching interests include interpersonal intercultural communication, as well as communication theory and research. Specifically, his areas of expertise include communication and physiology, emotions and communication, and cyberbullying. He teaches courses in both online and face-to-face delivery.

Dr. Deiss often hears students saying that communication is common sense. He does not believe it is commonsense. He believes that communication is something so embedded in our lives and so easy to relate to, that when students learn something about communication, it immediately resonates. Dr. Deiss's Teaching Philosophy is about revealing this truth to his students through a joint dialogue where the class learns together why we communicate like we do and what we can do to be better at it.

When he is not teaching or advising students, he enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife. As a movie and TV fan, you can typically catch him watching almost anything from football to streaming something on Netflix. He also has family who lives in Hawaii where he can often be found doing stand-up paddling, bicycling, or reading.