David Thompson

David Thompson

Teaching Associate Professor

Contact Information

309 Justin Hall


  • Ph.D., School of Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University, 2009
  • M.S., School of Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University, 1999
  • B.A., Oklahoma Wesleyan University, 1978

Credentials and/or Certifications

  • Approved Mediator - Kansas Judicial Center, Supreme Court of Kansas

Area(s) of Specialization

  • Divorce and stepfamily adjustment
  • Mediation/conflict resolution
  • Family life education (especially parent education)
  • Non-profit organizations

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavors

  • Cross-cultural conflict
  • Marital conflict
  • Refugees' search for meaning and hope

Courses Taught

  • HDFS 302: Introduction to Human Sexuality
  • HDFS 350: Family Relationships and Gender Roles
  • CNRES 531/751: Core Mediation and Conflict Resolution
  • HDFS 585/590: Professional Seminar in HDFS

Professional Biography

Thompson has been involved in adult education in one form or another throughout his career. Growing up in a small Kansas community, he never dreamed that one day he would live and teach on three continents, and be an invited speaker in several different countries. He especially enjoys working with young adults who are in the process of making many major life decisions. His special passion is equipping students for their future - whether in personal or professional relationships. As a parent himself, Thompson has a realization of how important it is for parents to be equipped with effective communication and conflict resolution skills.

Personal Information

David loves to travel, to see new things, but most importantly to meet new people. He and his wife led study abroad teams to Malaysia and Borneo, where deep rooted connections have developed. For the last 10 years he operated a hobby farm (Green Acres Farm, LLC) outside of Manhattan, which managed to produce healthy free range eggs and some of the best tasting lamb anywhere. He enjoys outdoor activities including bicycling, kayaking, hiking the Flint Hills, and gardening and planting trees. Most of all he cares deeply about people and enjoys chatting with students and colleagues, and always tries to smile and say "Hello" to everyone he meets, which he hopes will brighten someone's day.

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