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TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

In my view, teaching is not a delivery system where teachers deliver and students absorb information, it is a creative and collaborative effort which inspires, provokes, and celebrates curiosity. I consider teaching as an opportunity to create an environment in which students learn naturally. To this end, I create a culture of curiosity and collaboration which encourages students to question their own assumptions about communication. Students often view communication as an ordinary phenomenon that does not require any further explanation or analysis. My teaching motivates students to explore the extraordinary aspects of their own and others’ communication.

Culture of

Curiosity

COURSES TAUGHT

Assistant/Associate Professor | Kutztown University | 2018-Present

  • Study Abroad Program to Germany & Austria (Summer 2022) | View Flyer

  • International Communication & Media (Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Fall 2023) | View Flyer

  • Political Communication (Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2024) | View Flyer

  • Global Public Relations & Public Diplomacy (Spring 2024) | View Flyer

  • Crisis Communication (Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2023) | View Flyer

  • Rhetorical Theory & Criticism (Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2021) | View Flyer

  • Survey of Communication Theory (Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Fall 2021)

  • Communication Research Methods (Fall 2022, Fall 2023)

  • Senior Capstone (Spring 2021)

  • Public Speaking (Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2021)

Faculty Leader for The Washington Center | Seminars | Washington D.C.

  • Inside Washington Seminar (Jan. 3 - Jan. 11, 2023)

  • National Security Seminar (May 16 - May 24, 2023)

Visiting Professor | University of Duisburg-Essen | Germany | Summer 2022

  • Krisenkommunikation und Management (Blockseminar)

Graduate Teaching Assistant | Texas A&M University | 2014-2018

  • International Communication (Spring 2018, upper-level course, 60 students)

  • Rhetorical Criticism (Fall 2017)

  • Persuasion (Spring 2017, upper-level course, 60 students)

  • Public Speaking for the Technical Professional (Fall 2016)

  • Group Communication (Fall 2016)

  • Argumentation & Debate (Spring 2016, Fall 2015)

  • Public Speaking (Spring 2015, Summer 2015)

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

"The aspects of the course that I valued the most are the real-life scenarios that were used for assignments. Everything we learned was as if we were actually in the field as crisis managers working for a company which was very useful"

Crisis Communication, Fall 2021

"Dr. Ehrl took the time to do recorded video lessons for us even though he did not have to for the nature of this online course. Additionally, he was always available by email and office hours as he posted, extremely knowledgeable in his subject, always organized, always prepared, and treated me with kindness as a person."

International Communication, Spring 2021

"Everything I learned throughout the course was very valuable in my learning about the kinds of research dealing with the different analysis techniques dealing with communication research. The two types of data used to analyze text and which type of technique to use will benefit me in the future".

"Dr. Ehrl has been the best professor I’ve ever had in the communications department. He genuinely cares for his students, wants them to understand the material, and wants them to succeed. He is simply amazing".

Communication Research Methods, Fall 2022

Political Communication, Spring 2022

"I enjoyed Dr. Ehrl’s teaching style, he created an atmosphere that was personable. I never felt like I was being talked down to, which was very valuable to my learning experience.”

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