Christopher Deal, Ph.D. has been working in intercultural communication and education
since 1993 as a teacher, trainer, consultant, videographer, university lecturer,
professional speaker, researcher, and manager. He holds a Ph.D. in Communication
from the University of New Mexico, USA and an M.A. in International Communication
from American University in Washington, DC, with both degrees focusing on Intercultural
Communication. His areas of specialization include intercultural and cross-cultural
training, instructional design, training design, training across cultures, communicating
with the Chinese, video production, intercultural communication in film and TV, and
Christopher has extensive experience managing and conducting training programs in
both business and academic settings. His clients have included DuPont, Ericsson,
Seagram, Philips, AIG, Eli Lilly, Scott Paper, Alstom, Wyeth, Maersk, Crown Worldwide,
Tesco, Louisiana Tech University's Center for Educational Excellence, the University
of New Mexico's Health Sciences Center, the Taipei City Government, and the University
of Southern California. He has trained more than 100 trainers and has trained or
taught people from 40 countries.
He has presented at numerous conferences, including the SIETAR (Society for Intercultural
Education, Training, and Research) Global Congress in Granada, Spain, SIETAR-USA,
National Communication Association, Western States Communication Association, and
the University of New Mexico's Culture and Communication Conference. His work has
also been featured in China’s largest English language newspaper, China Daily (click
here to access a copy of the article).
Christopher served as Intercultural Communication Lecturer at California State University,
Fullerton (CSUF). There he taught large lecture sections (70-100 students) of Intercultural
Communication, incorporating interactive, experiential methods into his classes.
During his time at CSUF, his work was featured in The Daily Titan newspaper (click
here to access a copy of the article). He served as President of SIETAR-USA from
2013 to 2014 and has been on the SIETAR-USA Board of Directors since 2006.
In Taiwan, Christopher taught at Soochow University and St. Mary's University of
Minnesota's Masters of International Business Administration (MIBA) program in Taipei
and trained at the Community Services Center in Taipei. In the USA, he taught at
the University of New Mexico's Department of Communication & Journalism and Center
for the Advancement of Scholarship in Teaching and Learning (CASTL), including a
course he designed called "Intercultural Training."
A citizen of the USA, Christopher has lived and worked abroad for five years in Asia
and Europe, has traveled in 26 countries, and speaks Mandarin Chinese. He has also
studied German, Japanese, and Russian at the university level. In the early 1990s,
he served in both the British Parliament and the U.S. Senate as a research assistant
Of personal interest: Christopher lives in Dallas, Texas and is originally from Ruston,
Louisiana. His likes practicing and studying Chinese language and philosophy; reading
and writing both nonfiction and fiction works; studying, making, and watching films
and videos; and studying and discussing astrophysics, cosmology, and related sciences.