Faculty

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

David Lowry

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Professor of Communication

  • B.S. in Psychology, Abilene Christian University
  • M.S. in Human Relations and Management, Abilene Christian University
  • Ph.D. in College Teaching/Interpersonal Communication, University of North Texas
  • Teaches Media and Society, Oral Communication
  • Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Oklahoma Christian University
  • President, Seaver Faculty Association (2000-2001); Freshman Seminar Teaching Award (1995-1996); Director of Graduate Studies in Communication (1997-2002); Chair of Teacher Evaluation Committee (2001-2003)
  • Hobbies include yoga, woodworking, reading, computing, travel and sailing

Dr. Lowry is the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. His research interests include interpersonal communication, media law, and communication pedagogy. Dr. Lowry is a member of the National Communication Association, and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. He says, “OC allows me to combine my two passions—my Christian faith and communication. The best people on earth work at OC!” Dr. Lowry’s favorite memories of OC are Opening Chapel, Freshman Follies, and the Associates Gala. He has two sons, Brent and Ross.


Chair, Department of Communication

Larry Jurney

Chair, Department of Communication

Professor of Mass Communication

  • B.A. in Communication, David Lipscomb University
  • M.A. in Communication: Rhetorical Criticism and Theater, University of Tennessee
  • Ph.D. in R/TV/Film with cognate in Higher Education, University of Michigan
  • Teaches Introduction to Electronic Media, Audio for Media, Video for Media, Broadcast News Production, Media Marketing & Sales, TV Field Production, Administrative Aspects of Electronic Media, Quest for Meaning: Christ and the Good Life
  • Research interests include In-Community Religious Programming on Local Cable Systems and Academic Advising
  • Emmy, Assistant Producer for "Dancing in Moccasins," an Emmy-Award winning documentary; Distinguished Service Award from the Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association for service and dedication to broadcast education in Oklahoma (2002); Two Fellowships with NATPE (National Association of Television Program Executives); Faculty Leadership Award, Oklahoma Christian University (1998)
  • Former President, Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association
  • As a child, acted in live radio drama from Detroit

Mass Communication Instructor

David Jurney

Mass Communication Instructor

Eagle Media Advisor

  • B.S. in Communication, Oklahoma Christian University
  • M.B.A., Oklahoma Christian University
  • Leads the Broadcasting Workshop and Advanced Broadcasting Workshop courses; teaches Advanced Creative Production, Television Field Production, Audio for Media, Photography Principles and Practices, and other mass communication courses
  • Industry experience includes more than 20 years as director, producer and managing partner for Big Sky Productions

Director of International Programs

John Osborne

Director of International Programs

Assistant Professor of Communication

  • B.S., Oklahoma Christian University

Distinguished Professor of Mass Communication

Philip Patterson

Distinguished Professor of Mass Communication

President, National Christian School Association

  • B.A. in Religion, Lubbock Christian University
  • M.A. in Mass Communication, Abilene Christian University
  • Ph.D. in Political Communication, University of Oklahoma
  • Teaches Oral Communication, Feature Writing, Introduction to Photojournalism, Reporting and Editing the News, Advertising Copywriting, Interviewing and Listening, Media Law, Media Ethics, and Mass Communication Practicum
  • Excellence in Mass Media Ministry Award, Abilene Christian University (1996)
  • Advisor to the Talon, campus newspaper; All-American newspaper, Associated Collegiate Press (1984, 2000)
  • Gaylord Distinguished Chair of Teaching, Oklahoma Christian University (1988)
  • Member of the editorial review board of Journal of Mass Media Ethics
  • Member, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Member, Association for Applied and Professional Ethics

Theatre Program Director

Phil Reagan

Theatre Program Director

Associate Professor of Speech and Theatre

  • B.A. in Communication, Harding University
  • M.A. in Theatre, Memphis State University
  • Teaches Acting, Stagecraft for Theatre and TV, Oral Interpretation, Acting Workshop, Advanced Directing, Perspectives in Fine Arts, Oral Communication, and Voice and Articulation
  • Research interest includes performance studies
  • Best Actor; Best Supporting Actor, Z. Bensky scholarship in Theatre
  • Arkansas state winner cast member American College Theatre Festival (Harding)
  • Tennessee state winner cast member American College Theatre Festival (Memphis State)
  • Foreign film buff, interested in classical music, traveling, and classical literature

“I love the arts and see them as important for Christians in seeing the beauty of God’s creation,” says Professor Phil Reagan. He is married to Louise, has one daughter named Alaina, and attends Memorial Road Church of Christ. He has several hobbies such as acting and directing for OC, Shakespeare in the Park, and elsewhere.  He enjoys literature, and traveling to foreign countries. Reagan received his Teacher Certification from David Lipscomb University, and he is dedicated to theatre. He has explored the arts in areas outside of OC including Oklahoma Communication/Theatre Association, and Southwest Theatre Association. He has also ventured out to do mission work in Honduras. Here on campus, Reagan has sponsored two student organizations, Alpha Psi Omega, and the National Theatre Association. His favorite memories at OC are of what he calls the “wonderful performances” done by the OC students in the theatre and musical productions. From all that he’s done, it is easy to see that Phil Reagan is not just dedicated to the arts, he is dedicated to OC students as well.


Assistant Professor of Communication

Josh Watson

Assistant Professor of Communication

Communications Specialist

  • Teaches Public Relations Principles, Public Relations Writing & Production Techniques, Public Relations Case Studies & Strategies, Advertising Principles, Symposium in Public Relations Research & Practice, Public Image & Reputation Management, Writing Across Media, Oral Communication, Business & Professional Communication
  • Research interests include risk communication by organizational leaders, medium theory, computer-mediated communication, leadership communication, public relations issues, persuasion and influence, media effects, and political communication
  • Member of the Public Relations Society of America, Communication Graduate Student Association, advisor for OC’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America
  • Previously worked at one of the top independent public relations firms in the country, where he helped build public support to fund and build a $600 million convention center

“Helping students begin and grow in their careers in public relations has been incredibly fulfilling. I love working at OC because so many companies in this large market come to me for smart, ethical, and strategic students and graduates. I love helping OC students see that growing in faith and attaining professional success are complementary goals.” 


Communication Adjunct Instructors

Jeremie Beller

  • B.S. in Bible, Oklahoma Christian University
  • M.A. in Bible, Oklahoma Christian University
  • M.Div, Oklahoma Christian University
  • ABD, Communication Department at Oklahoma Christian University

Director of Freshman Experience and Disability Coordinator

Amy Janzen

Director of Freshman Experience and Disability Coordinator

  • B.A. in Communication, Oklahoma Christian University
  • M.A. in Liberal Studies, University of Oklahoma
  • M.A. in Leadership and Communication Studies, Gonzaga University

Katy Roybal

  • B.A. in Liberal Studies, Oklahoma Christian University
  • M.A. in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation, Abilene Christian University

Dawn Shelton

  • B.A. in Mass Communication, Oklahoma Christian University

Chara Watson

  • B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Freed-Hardeman University
  • M.A. in Reading with an emphasis in Storytelling, East Tennessee State University