Paula Dixon, associate professor, received her B.S. and M.A. in Communication Arts from Austin Peay State University in Tennessee. After working in public relations, she began teaching at Emmanuel College in 1995.
“I love helping my students discover then apply what they are learning," she says. "I strive to create an engaging, interactive atmosphere where we can share and learn from each other."
From 2012 until 2016, Mrs. Dixon also served full time as EC's first director of communication while continuing to serve as the communication internship coordinator and teach courses in communication.
She served a number of years on the executive board for the Georgia Communication Association as publication editor, and she is also a Governor's Teaching Fellow. She is currently a board member with Georgia Broad River Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) as well as The Ark Family Preservation Center. In her community, she is a member of the School Governance Team at the local elementary school.
Mrs. Dixon and her husband Chris have three awesome children and one beloved puppy dog.
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Hi - I'm Dr. Terilyn J. Goins; my students call me Doc G. My favorite Bible verse is Ecclesiastes 3: 1, To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven. Regardless of where I am in my life, I know that God has a purpose and a plan and my desire, above all else, is to fulfill the purpose for which He created me.
My B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. are all in the field of Communication Studies; B.S. from Liberty University, M.A. from University of Virginia, and Ph.D. from Indiana University. I have been a professor of communication for the past 25 years. For the past six years, I have been teaching both graduates and undergraduates at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Prior to that, I was a full time professor at Christopher Newport University for 16 years, 13 in Communication Studies and three in Leadership Studies, and I served as the chair of Communication Studies for three years.
My primary research interests are in the scholarship of teaching and gender communication. I'm particularly interested in the way we frame our reality through our language and ways in which our culture defines women and men based on their biological rather than psychological makeup. I recently published a leadership text for the Leisure Studies discipline, serving as co-editor and a contributing author.When I'm not teaching, consulting, or writing, I do motivational/music presentations in which I intertwine an inspirational message with my music. I have recorded five vocal CDs, three of which are contemporary Christian and inspirational music, one is Christmas music, and one of my originals.
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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.
Anna Shelton received her MFA in Communication Design from Texas State University and teaches graphic design courses. She has worked in various areas of design since graduating from the Communications department at Emmanuel College in 2002. Her expertise includes graphic, web, interactive, packaging, environmental design, and fashion design. Recently, her in-house design team at CLEAResult won the 2014 Ragan Communications Award in the area of Corporate Rebranding. Anna is joining EC after spending 7 years in Atlanta and 4 and a half years in Austin, TX. She is excited to be back, close to family and friends, especially since she and husband P.W. welcomed son Milo in March.
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.
Wendy Vinson is excited to be joining the adjunct faculty to teach Professional Interviewing in the communication department. She is looking forward to bringing her 25 plus years of communications and marketing experience into the classroom. Wendy joined the administrative team for Emmanuel College in 2010 as the Vice President for Enrollment Management & Marketing. Her previous career experience includes over 20 years in the cable industry in the areas of sales, marketing and event management. She is an alumnus of Emmanuel College and earned a bachelor of arts degree in education from Coker College and master of administration degree in communication from Regent University.