Dr. Ripley Smith
Office: HC 327I
B.A.: University of Dubuque
Dissertation title: Intercultural Social Support Networks: A Socio-Structural Description of Expatriate Adjustment and Communicative Competence.
Research Interests: Social networks and socio-cultural adjustment, trust development in partnerships across cultures and organizations, NGOs and international crisis intervention processes, prophetic rhetoric
Other courses taught in the department: Basic Communication, Media Communication, Persuasion, Intercultural Communication, Topics in Media Production, Web Design; Topics in Contemporary Communication (Graduate)
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.
Hobbies: Playing and coaching competitive soccer; Folk/classical guitar; woodworking; Studying ancient Israel, classical philosophy, and the early Christian church.