Andrew J. Harris

Andrew J. Harris, PH.D.

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Assistant Professor of Communication
Department:  Humanities & Social Sciences

Education:
B.A., Pensacola Christian College
M.S., Pensacola Christian College
Ph.D. Communication, Regent University

Affiliations:
National Communication Association
Religious Communication Association

Classes Taught:
Speech, Communication Theory, Communication Writing, Group and Organizational Communication, Scriptwriting

How Your Program Is Unique Here:
Crown’s communication degree focuses on the convergence of media in a variety of communication professions. In the modern workplace, the newcomer straight out of college needs to be able to tell the boss, “This is my specialty, but I also do this.” Through an integration of core communication classes with a specialized emphasis and the opportunity to further add a minor, the Crown communication student comes out well-rounded and ready to serve.

Testimony:
I have been a follower of Christ now for 20 years. While there was a particular time when I first submitted to his will, I find that everyday is a new opportunity to learn more about Him.

Favorite Bible Verse and Why:
Psalm 37:23-24
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand.

Before Crown:
I have taught rhetoric and communication since 2004.

What You Enjoy Most About Teaching at Crown:
Being able to directly incorporate a Christian ethic in every subject I teach.

How You Define “Academic Excellence”:
Academic excellence is discovering where the bar is and determining to jump twice as high. Christ asks us to give everything we have. I believe that that calling is not just limited to Sunday morning. In the Monday morning classroom, a Christian ethic would ask us to go beyond “just passing” to a genuine attempt to excel—not for a grade but to please the One who gives us the opportunity to be there in the first place.

What Students Say About Your Classes:
Time spent with Dr. Harris is never dull. I try to keep things relevant to today and to mix up the classroom format in order to offer different learning experiences. I would hope that my students find me compassionate but also sternly dedicated to a rigorous learning environment. Students frequently tell me that they learn new ways of viewing the world in my classroom.

From A Career Standpoint, What Students Will Be Prepared To Do With A Degree From Your Program:
It is our goal to create communication professionals that can enter into an entry level job and through hard work and a versatile set of professional tools quickly work their way towards more responsibility. We desire that our students will change the world for Christ in whatever circumstances they find themselves.

What You Would Say to Parents of Prospective Students About Having Their Son/Daughter at Crown:
College can be a tough time for students. They come in with big dreams but no way to accomplish them. At many large state institutions, a student can quickly fall through the cracks because they do not fit the “right” mold. At Crown, we want each and every student to achieve their goals, and we work hard to connect and serve each student’s individual needs. We are a lot like a transportation hub. Students come in who want to go various directions for various reasons. In the short time that each student stays with us, it is our job to help them understand where and why they are going and to teach them the best pathway to reach their destination.

Presentations:

Looking at Narrative Inquiry’s Past in Order to Understand Its Present. Presentation at the National Communication Association Annual Convention in Chicago, IL, November 11, 2014.

The Importance of the Ancestor in the Heroic Narratives of Appalachian Christians. Presentation at the National Communication Association Annual Convention in Chicago, IL, November 11, 2014.

Fact and Myth as Primary Words: Reading C. S. Lewis in Light of Martin Buber. Presentation at the Religious Communication Association in New Orleans, LA, November 16, 2011.

“This Mountain in Them:” Faith Healer Narratives and Technological Resistance in the North Carolina Mountains. Presentation at the Religious Communication Association in San Francisco, CA, November 13, 2010.

Evangelical Heroics: Myth and Archetype in Facing the Giants. Presentation at the Religious Communication Association in Chicago, IL, November 18, 2009.