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Dana Basinger

Dana Basinger

Communication Arts

Assistant Dean


  • B.A., University of Alabama in Birmingham
  • M.A., University of Alabama in Birmingham


 Dana Basinger grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. She received herBachelors of Arts and Master’s degrees in English from the University ofAlabama in Birmingham. She always knew she wanted to teach, and she felt shecouldn’t take a position that did not involve working with students in theenergizing environment of the classroom.

One of the things sheloves most about teaching is forming relationships with her students. Basinger believesincorporating service learning into her Communications Arts and Foundationsclasses makes teaching not only more meaningful for her, but more meaningfulfor her students as well.

Before coming to Samford, Basingerworked as an Adjunct Instructor of English at the University of Montevallo andas an English Teacher at Homewood High School. She has been at Samford for 12years, previously as Director of Freshman Life and now as Assistant Dean forHoward College of Arts and Sciences. In this position, Basinger available to helpher students as much as possible. She enjoys that role and hopes to continue tobe a “go-to” person for students.

Basinger believes that the most important thing in teaching ishelping students everyday to understand why they are here, and why they aredoing what they’re doing; helping them realize purpose in even the smallest ofthings.



  • “EnquiryBased Learning: An International Experience.” Problem Based Learning
    International Conference, University of Colima, Mexico, January 2008 with DeanDavid
    Chapman, Charles Workman, Jim Brown
  • “Instructingthe Instructors: A Three-Pronged Approach to FYE Course Instructor Training.” Presentation at 26th Annual Conferenceon the First Year Experience, Dallas, TX, February 2007 with Lori BrandBateman.
  • “Focus:Enhancing the Prominence of the FYE Course.” Presentation at 25th Annual
    Conference on the First Year Experience, Atlanta, February 2006, with Mary SueBaldwin and Lori Brand Bateman
  • “TransformationalLearning Abilities at Samford University.” American Association of
    Colleges and Universities, Poster session, Washington D.C., November 2003 withMary Sue Baldwin
  •  “How15 Faculty Members Spent 1 Summer Writing 4 Problems for 700 Students.”
    Problem Based Learning conference, Baltimore MD, June 2002, with LynetteSandley
  •  “BringingDown the Barricades: An Integrated Communication Arts Course.” National
    Communication Association, Atlanta, November 2001, panel presentation withDavid
    Chapman, Lynette Sandley, Sonya Davis, Ken Kirby, Dave Dedo, Marcia Hotchkiss,David Shipley
  •  “WhatDo You Want on this Assignment? How a Problem-Based Classroom Affects
    Students’ Composing Processes.”
    Conference on College Composition and Communication, Denver,April 2001, panel presentation with David Chapman, Dave
    Dedo, Lynette Sandley
  •  “ReimaginingFirst-Year Composition as an Integrated Communication Course.”Conference on CollegeComposition and Communication, Minneapolis, March 2000,
    panel presentation with David Chapman, Bryan Johnson, Lynette Sandley
  •  “PBLin Social Science and Community Based Programs.” Problem Based Learning 2000, SamfordUniversity, panel presentation with Lynette Sandley and Amanda Borden

Contact Information

Howard College of Arts and Sciences

Communication Arts Department

Samford University
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229

Office: BROOK 127

Phone: (205) 726-2216