Jennifer Benson, Dean, School of Business
Jennifer Benson is dean of the School of Business and professor in the Communication Department, where she serves as department chair. She received her B.F.A. with honors in drama from Carnegie Mellon University and her M.F.A. in dramatic media from the University of Georgia. Before coming to Emmanuel in 2004, she worked for CNN, DreamWorks Pictures, and as a newspaper reporter and photographer. She teaches courses in communication, mass media, film, and theatre. She is a former Governor’s Teaching Fellow and CCCU Leadership Development Institute Fellow. She currently serves on the Executive Board for the Georgia Communication Association.
Paula Dixon, Associate Professor
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.
Dr. Terilyn Goins, Professor of Communication Studies
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.
Clint Ross, Assistant Professor of Communication (Digital Media Production)
Clint Ross 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, Associate Professor of Graphic Design
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 Communication department at Emmanuel College in 2002. Her expertise includes graphic, web, interactive, packaging, environmental design, and fashion design. Anna was chosen as a 2019-20 Governors Teaching Fellow with the University of Georgia.
Professor Shelton believes that graphic design students at Emmanuel deserve the same quality of education as any art and design school. She strives to bring that excellence together with the one-on-one benefit of a smaller college.
She also serves as the Creative Director of EC’s Marketing Department, the List Sever Moderator for the Georgia Communication Association and is the yearbook designer and advisor at Emmanuel. Anna joined EC after spending 7 years in Atlanta and 4 and a half years in Austin, TX.
April James, Adjunct Faculty and QEP Coordinator
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.
Ashley Westbrook, Adjunct Faculty and Director of Public Relations
Ashley Westbrook is from Windsor, NY. She graduated from Clemson University in December of 2010 with a BA in Communication Studies and obtained a Master’s degree in Mass Communication and Broadcast Journalism. Ashley teaches EC’s Sports Communication classes and also serves as the Director of Public Relations.