Paul D. Patton, Ph.D. chairs the Department of Communication and Media. He is an accomplished playwright, actor and director. His research interests include the cult of the celebrity. E-mail Dr. Patton.

Spring Arbor University B.A. and M.Ed., Wayne State Univ. M.R.E., Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary M.A., Regent Univ. Ph.D.


Mary Albert Darling is an Associate Professor of Communication. Mary designed and teaches courses for the university’s MA in Spiritual Formation and Leadership.  Email Professor Darling or visit her website.

Spring Arbor University B.A., Western Michigan University M.A. Mary also has been trained in spiritual direction, completing a two-year program through the Manresa Jesuit House in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and has studied spiritual formation under Richard Foster and Dallas Willard.


Jen Letherer is an Assistant Professor teaching courses in drama, writing, and film studies. E-mail Professor Letherer or view her blog.

  • Director of short film, Derelicts
  • Director of productions of Steel Magnolias, The Three Sisters, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The 39 Steps for SAU Theater
  • Leader of the SAU Cross Cultural trip to India in January of 2012

Siena Heights University B.A., Boston University M.F.A.


Wally Metts, Ph.D. directs the graduate program. His area of expertise is writing for publication. E-mail Dr. Metts or view his blog.

Professor of Communication
B.A., Univ. of Tennessee at Chattanooga M.S., Univ. of Tennessee at Knoxville Ph.D., Michigan State Univ. Spring Arbor, 1985- present



Dorie Morgan-Shelby is an experienced anchor, producer and reporter. E-mail Professor Shelby.
Associate Professor of Communication B.A., Spring Arbor University M.A., Univ. of Michigan Spring Arbor, 1993-present


Becky J. Veydt
B.A., Greenville College M.A., Asbury Theological Seminary Spring Arbor, 2007-present






Robert Woods, Ph.D., J.D. is an experienced online educator who does research and writing in the field. You can see his extensive list of publications at his homepage. Email Dr. Woods.

Associate Professor of Communication B.A., Univ. of New Mexico J.D., Regent University M.A., Regent University (communication)
M.A., Regent University (counseling) M.A., Regent University (education)
Ph.D., Regent University Spring Arbor, 2001-present