Paula Dixon, associate professor, received her B.S. and M.A. in Communication Arts from Austin Peay State University in Tennessee. After working five years in public relations, she began teaching at Emmanuel College in 1995.
“It is my pleasure to worship the Lord in my work at Emmanuel,” she says. “I love helping my students discover and apply what they learn, and I strive to create an engaging atmosphere where we can share and learn from each other.”
In 2012, Dixon began serving full-time as EC's Director of Communication but continues to serve as the Communication Internship Coordinator and teach courses in communication.
She serves on the executive board for the Georgia Communication Association as publication editor and is an active member of Riverside Church near Athens.
Dixon and her husband, Chris, have three awesome children and one beloved puppy dog.
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Clint Ross, instructor, received his M.A. in film & television from Savannah College of Art and Design. Before coming to EC, he worked as the production leader at Savannah Christian Church, one of the top 100 largest churches in America, where he oversaw and developed all video components, including live services and short films. He is an Emmanuel School of Christian Ministries graduate and has worked as a writer, producer and director. His experience spans both feature film and television, where he worked on such films as “The Conspirator,” by Robert Redford, as well as ABC Studios’ “Army Wives.” Most recently, he completed work on the critically acclaimed Civil War documentary“The Angel of Marye's Heights,” which he produced and directed. He teaches courses in public speaking, film and video.
Emmanuel Saka received his BFA in Graphic Design from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi-Ghana and MFA, Graphic Design from Iowa State University, Ames-Iowa. He served as a Teaching Assistant at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi-Ghana before moving to the States. He worked as a Graduate/Teaching Assistant at Iowa State University, Ames-Iowa during his graduate studies. He also worked as an Adjunct Design Instructor at GrandView University, Des Moines-Iowa. Emmanuel has practiced design in various capacities at internationally recognized institutions and is happily married to Mrs Chernae R. Saka.
April James is joining the adjunct faculty and will be teaching courses in the communication department. She is looking forward to bringing her 20 plus years of communications experience into the classroom. A native of Cleveland, Georgia, April moved to Franklin Springs in June 2012 and is the director of marketing and public relations for LifeSprings Church Resources and LifeSprings Media. Previously, she served as the vice president of business development for Habersham Medical Center in Demorest, Georgia. She also hosted the Gospel Grapevine, a syndicated Southern Gospel video program on cable television for 12 years and was an on-air personality for two radio stations. Active in the community, April currently serves as treasurer of the Franklin County Rotary Club and is a Franklin County Chamber of Commerce board member and recent graduate of Leadership Franklin. She earned a master of public administration degree from Piedmont College and a bachelor of arts in mass communications from Brenau University. She and her husband Brian have three children, Evan, John Clayton and Ella and attend Compass Church in Athens, Georgia.
Eric is a PhD candidate in Intercultural Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, with his dissertation research focusing on leadership and organization development. He received his B.S. in Church Ministries from Southeastern University, M.A. in Biblical Studies from Ashland Theological Seminary and M.Div. from Emory University. He has previously served as a pastor in the United Methodist Church, leadership coach, and faculty member, having taught classes in the areas of intercultural studies, leadership, and philosophy. He also serves on the editorial board of the journal Healing Ministry. During the Fall semester he is teaching Intercultural Communication.