Faculty

Our professors are distinguished scholars, active researchers, published writers, and faithful Christians who demonstrate what it means to be both Christ-followers and leaders in their academic fields. As mentors and role models, they play a huge role in the integration of faith and learning at Bethel.


Nancy Brule

Professor of Communication Studies | n-brule@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2004

Areas of expertise

Brule's research interests include family communication, adolescent/parent communication, high-risk adolescents, conflict, and abusive relationships.


Michael Dreher

Professor of Communication Studies | mdreher@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1997

Areas of expertise

In addition to teaching, Dreher is director of the forensics program. His research and publishing have focused on political and religious rhetoric, the rhetoric of mathematics and science, and forensic pedagogy. He is also interested in issues of web accessibility and standards.


Leta Frazier

Professor of Communication Studies | fralet@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1982

Areas of expertise

Frazier conducts research in the areas of family communication, interpersonal communication, gender communication, and higher education.


Phil Frazier

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Communication Studies | fraphi@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1988

Areas of expertise

Frazier's research interests include interpersonal communication and family communication, areas in which he also teaches.


Andrew Gess

Associate Professor of Communication Studies | a-gess@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2001

Areas of expertise

Gess conducts research in the areas of organizational and corporate communication, rhetorical theory, media ecology, and the study of social movements.


Peggy Kendall

Professor of Communication Studies | kenpeg@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1999

Areas of expertise

Kendall has focused her research and writing on how adolescents use social media, how youth pastors are deploying these tools in ministry, and how parents can help teens use online communication in a safe and satisfying manner.


Jessica Samens

Instructor in Communication Studies | j-samens@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2009

Areas of expertise

Samens’ research interests include disability and communication; teaching public speaking to international students; and gender communication. She is assistant director of the forensics program.


Ripley Smith

Professor of Media Communication | r-smith@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Areas of expertise

Smith has research interests in social networks and socio-cultural adjustment, trust development in partnerships across cultures and organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international crisis intervention processes, and prophetic rhetoric.


Scott Sochay

Associate Professor of Communication Studies | socsco@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1999

Areas of expertise

Sochay's research and teaching interests include media law, media technology, and Native Americans and the media.


Artie Terry

Associate Professor of Communication Studies | a-terry@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Areas of expertise

Terry's research interests include screenwriting, film, the history of film, and the films of African American filmmakers.