Chuck Elliott, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Media and Applied Communications/Professor of Communications
Dr. Elliott came to Cedarville University in 2003 from Hong Kong where he served as chair of the department of communication studies at Hong Kong Baptist University. He earned his B.A. in social science from Cedarville College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in mass communications from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He teaches courses in communication theory and intercultural communication. Research interests include exploring cultural values in mediated communication and the impact of technology on social life.
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Mark Caleb Smith, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Political Science/Director of the Center for Political Studies
Dr. Smith teaches courses in American politics, constitutional law, and research methodology/data analysis. Dr. Smith has authored numerous refereed journal articles, book chapters, and other publications. His primary research interest is in the field of religion and American politics. He received his B.A. in history from Bryan College, an M.A. in the history of Christianity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Georgia. Before arriving at Cedarville in 2004, Dr. Smith taught at Tulane University and Calvin College.
J. Wesley Baker, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Communication Arts
Dr. Baker serves as distinguished professor of communication arts as well as the Faculty Liaison for CedarNet. After earning his B.A. in Radio-Television Production from Bob Jones University (1972), Dr. Baker received his M.A. in Journalism from the University of South Carolina (1980) and his Ph.D. in Communication from The Ohio State University (1991). He has worked in broadcasting, film and web-based media ever since. Dr. Baker studies how to effectively use information technology for teaching and learning and has presented a number of workshops and faculty in-services for the Council of Independent Colleges, the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges, and several other colleges and universities across the country. Dr. Baker has worked in the broadcasting industry for over 40 years, and has appeared in several Christian films. He has a specific interest in media law and ethics, the challenges of an image-based culture, social responsibility of the media, and the role of technology in teaching and learning. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children.
Jeff Gilbert, B.A.
Assistant Professor of Journalism
Jeff Gilbert serves as an assistant professor of journalism. He received his B.A. in Broadcasting at Cedarville in 1987. Jeff worked for 22 years in the newspaper industry as a sports writer, copy editor, page designer and sports editor. He teaches print classes in reporting, writing, editing and design while incorporating the emerging online tools that are shaping the future of how news is delivered. He prepares students to find the stories that need to be told and to uphold high journalistic ethics and standards. Jeff and his wife, Amy, have three daughters and live in Cedarville. He loves to spend time with his family and friends, is a sports fan of all sorts, loves to coach basketball and play golf.
Deborah Haffey, Ph.D.
Senior Professor of Communication Arts
Dr. Deborah Haffey serves as senior professor of communication arts, teaching public speaking and political communication at Cedarville University since 1986. She earned her B.A. from Cedarville College (1968), her M.A. from The Ohio State University (1969), and her PhD from The Ohio State University (2002). Listed among the honors she has received are: the Faculty of the Year Award, 1998; the Alumni Association Distinguished Educator Award, 2006; the University Service Award, 2009; and recognition for her debate coaching accomplishments from the National Educational Debate Association on three separate occasions. She is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society, and has been listed in Who’s Who Among Women in the US. She is co-founder and director of The Miriam Maddox Forum, an honor society of communication arts alumni who share an interest in public speaking and performance. Dr. Haffey is co-director of Women of Vision, a campus organization associated with World Vision International which seeks to serve the poor in the name of Jesus Christ. She and her husband David have three adult children, and a growing bevy of grandchildren.
Michael López's, Ph.D.
Professor of Communication Arts
Dr. López serves as professor of communication arts. He earned his Ph.D. in communication from The Ohio State University in 1985 and has a broad range of research interests that he explores cooperatively with undergraduate students. Outside the classroom, he is interested in restoring historic structures and works to renovate old structures and build new homes for first-time buyers in the Springfield, Ohio, area. He and his wife, Shelley, are very involved in community ministry through their church and are known for their neighborly hospitality.