B.A. in Journalism and Broadcasting (Oklahoma State University)
M.S. in Knowledge Management (University of Oklahoma)
Ph.D. in Communication and Information (University of Tennessee)
My favorite part about teaching at Johnson is: Every person has value because every person is made in the image of God. I love teaching students to tell God’s story by telling the stories of his creations. Our students have the opportunity to find the divine in everyday story.
When I’m not teaching, I love to: I enjoy writing stories, fishing, hiking, kayaking, and camping with my family.
In my classes, students can expect: To understand the world of mass communication and the importance of mass communication in our society.
My best advice to a new student in my program is: Understand the overwhelming influence of media on our lives and be purposeful about media creation and consumption.
Because of my influence, I most want my students to become: Excellent at their art. Whatever form of communication they are doing, whether through music, video, graphic arts, writing, I want my students to be passionate about their art, and to push themselves to be excellent.
The myth-busting truth about my discipline I most want people to understand is: The idea that spell check will fix every problem and that good writing doesn’t matter in our modern world are lies. Whether you are doing audio, video, graphic arts, or any other media expression, you have to be able to write.
A quote that influences how I live is: “A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.” – Mark Twain