David S. Sparling

Assistant Professor of Broadcast dssparling@seu.edu

Degrees Earned

BA in Communication, University of South Florida
MA in Teaching and Learning with Technology, Ashford University


Professor David Sparling brings over 30 years of broadcasting experience to Southeastern from a variety of disciplines. He has worked as a writer, producer and director for stage and screen, working both in front of and behind the camera. He is an Apple-certified trainer and a state vocationally certified instructor.

Professor Sparling began his career in radio as an on-air personality and production director. He wrote, produced, directed and even performed for the Cypress Gardens water ski show and other show venues in the park. Professor Sparling also produced national television commercials for the park while coordinating with the marketing department.

Professor Sparling transitioned to television at WUSF channel 16 and worked with ESPN as he produced the first X Games in which he was the host of the National Pro Water Ski Tour. Professor Sparling worked with Century III post-production at Universal Studios, coordinating with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, producing the TV series Seaquest and working with Ron Howard and Tom Hanks on HBO’s Earth to the Moon series.

He has spent the past two decades working in the classroom, and during that time, Professor Sparling implemented the first all-digital television production classroom. His students have produced national television public service announcements on the dangers of drinking and driving and on methamphetamine. Professor Sparling and his students were given special commendations from the governor’s office for their efforts.

Many of Professor Sparling’s students have gone on to develop careers in the industry. One student became a production designer for the world tour of the artist Sting; another became a lighting designer, recently working with Amy Grant and Garth Brooks; and another became a PreVis artist for Disney’s Buena Vista Productions.

Professor Sparling believes that Christians can either embrace technology or become afraid of it. Therefore, Christian educators have the responsibility of understanding technology and spreading God’s love effectively.

Professor Sparling teaches the following courses: Digital Video Editing, Electronic Field Production, Audio for TV and Film, and Fundamentals of Speech. Professor Sparling is responsible for producing Southeastern’s nationally broadcast television shows, RAW TV and Unpland Improv.

He and his wife, Misty, enjoy watching their three children go through college and enter into adulthood. Professor Sparling’s hobbies include outdoor water sports, golf, biking and spending time with family.