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Ripley Smith

Job Title

  • Professor of Media Communication
    Communication Studies, College of Arts and Sciences

Started at Bethel



  • University of Dubuque - B.A., 1986
  • University of Minnesota - M.A., 1990
  • University of Minnesota - Ph.D., 1996

Research interests

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.

Courses Taught

  • Basic Communication
  • Media Communication
  • Persuasion
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Topics in Media Production
  • Web Design
  • Topics in Contemporary Communication (Graduate)


Dissertation title: Intercultural Social Support Networks: A Socio-Structural Description of Expatriate Adjustment and Communicative Competence.

Hobbies and Interests

Playing and coaching competitive soccer; Folk/classical guitar; woodworking; Studying ancient Israel, classical philosophy, and the early Christian church.

Favorite Book: For pure entertainment, anything by Grisham, Clancy, or Tolkien. For substance, The Passion of the Western Mind by Richard Tarnas or World on Fire by Amy Chua.

Favorite Religious Book (not including the Bible): So Send I You, by Oswald Chambers; Desiring God, by John Piper.