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I encourage students to Think Deeply, Lead Wisely, and Work Better Together in my Group, Organizational, and Leadership Communication courses at Azusa Pacific University (APU).

Courses Taught

I specialize in small group, organizational, and leadership communication courses, helping students think deeply about and engage issues such as teamwork and collaboration, organizational culture, strategic communication, leadership and followership, and the personal life of leaders.  I also teach more general communication classes such as public speaking, persuasion, and communication theory, and research methods.  Before APU, I taught at Colorado Christian University (CCU) in Lakewood, Colorado.  Check out my APU faculty profile for more information.

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Teaching Philosophy

I encourage my students to Think Deeply, Lead Wisely, and Work Better Together.

Discipleship is the greatest passion in my life.  I happen to be in a profession that greatly values scholarship, and so do I.  Fortunately, the life of the mind, the life the heart, and the life of the hands inform and integrate with one another, both in my life and in the lives of students I teach, ministry leaders I train and consult with, and colleagues with whom I relate.  In the classroom, my passion is helping students learn who they are and how God wants to use them for a lifetime of service to Him, and developing the understanding and skill to honor God in all facets of their lives. Thus, in every course I teach, I seek to help students see through and past the immediate course material to the implications of their development for a lifetime of following after God and being used in His service. I want my students to be known as people who love Jesus, possess passion for their studies, think and argue well, know their (disciplinary) stuff, and have the ability to influence others toward good and worthwhile ends during a lifetime of service to Jesus.

Practical wisdom (or phronesis) is the primary learning goal for my students.  I desire that they can reflect deeply upon the theoretical and conceptual disciplinary material so that they bring to bear their communication knowledge and know-how with wisdom on real-world challenges and issues that they will face during their lifetimes.

Specifically within the communication discipline, we think (and talk) about how our collective talk creates social reality – for good and for bad – for people, groups, organizations, and society as a whole. I believe we must take seriously our call as believers to “speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15) in all of our interactions – including the way we create and interact within social structures such as groups and organizations – in such a way as to offer people freedom, hope, and opportunity, which is what our Heavenly Father offers us through relationship with Jesus.

I seek to help students understand the full creative and transformative power of communication, believing that communication is far more than just getting information from one point to another, but instead is the primary social process by which we build our social world. Thus, students who think well about communication and communicate effectively are better equipped persons of influence in today’s changing and complex world.  I want to help them become agents of change in this world!

In all, I love it when students see how our faith is central to everything we do, including our intellectual, vocational, and relational pursuits, and how our mind is given to us by God as a tool to better understand His nature and His creation and our role in stewarding God’s creation.  Thus, I believe that when students fully engage their minds, develop hearts for God and His purposes, and equip their hands to serve effectively, they become truly “educated” and “take away” a college education that will impact them for the rest of their lives.