Nick Pertler, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Graduate & Professional Studies
Director, Strategic Communication B.A. Program

Dr. Nick Pertler is Associate Dean of Graduate & Professional Studies at Point Loma Nazarene University. After earning a B.A. in Communication from California State University, San Marcos (2007) and M.A. in Speech Communication from California State University, Fullerton (2009), Dr. Pertler moved to Pittsburgh, PA and completed a Ph.D. in Rhetoric from Duquesne University (2014). With well over a decade of higher education teaching and leadership experience, he has served on the faculties of Duquesne University, Baker College and MiraCosta College.

Additionally, he directs and teaches in the Strategic Communication B.A. program. His research agenda focuses on philosophy of education, the premodern rhetorical tradition, and media ecology. He has presented his work at regional and national conferences, and is currently working on moving a manuscript into publication with an academic press. Dr. Pertler and his wife Alison have five children.


  • Ph.D., Rhetoric, Duquesne University

  • M.A., Speech Communication, California State University, Fullerton

  • B.A., Communication, California State University, San Marcos

Courses Taught

  • CMT 2000: Media & Society

  • CMT 2020: Small Group Communication

  • SCL 3002: Group & Organizational Behavior

Awards and Honors

  • Top Paper Award, Media Ecology Division, 2013 Eastern Communication Association Convention.

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • “The Craft of Higher Education Administration: An Exploration.” Christian Adult Higher Education Association (CAHEA). Grapevine, TX. June 14-17, 2021.

  • “Deliberate Commitments: Laying a Philosophical Foundation for Faculty Development.” Christian Adult Higher Education Association (CAHEA). Colorado Springs, CO. June 12, 2019.

  • “Rhetorical Innovation in the Technical Communication Course: Thinking and Teaching Beyond Technique and Method.” Western States Communication Association Convention. San Diego, CA. 27-29 February 2016.

  • “Practical Reason and the Media Ecology Tradition” Media Ecology Association Convention. Metropolitan State University of Denver. Denver, CO. 11-14 June 2015.

  • “C. S. Lewis and the Premodern Rhetorical Tradition: The Abolition of Man as Rhetoric and Philosophy of Education.” Diss. Duquesne University, 2014. Web.

  • “The Virtues and the Profession of Nursing.” Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society Induction. Azusa Pacific University. San Diego Regional Center, San Diego, CA. 9 April 2014. Keynote Address.

  • “The Media Ecology of C. S. Lewis.” Eastern Communication Association Convention. Pittsburgh, PA. 25 April 2013.