Communication - Faculty


Susan Minton

Program Coordinator, Associate Professor of Communication

Susan Minton

J.L. Turner Leadership Center - 203
Phone: 270-384-8141
E-mail: mintons@lindsey.edu

M.A., Western Kentucky University
B.A., Western Kentucky University

Mrs. Minton is a member of the Kentucky Communication Association and Phi Rho Pi.


Dan Koger

Associate Professor of Communication

Dan Koger

J.L. Turner Leadership Center - 209
Phone: 270-384-7311
E-mail: kogerd@lindsey.edu

Ph.D., American Studies, Michigan State University
M.A., American History, Michigan State University
B.A. University of Missouri School of Journalism

After four years as an officer in the Navy during the Viet Nam War, Dan joined the staff of the Flint (Michigan) Journal where he specialized in health affairs and feature writing. His months-long investigation of substandard ambulance services in Genesee County led to creation of modern emergency medical systems in the Flint Fire Department and the Genesee County Sheriff's Department. These systems are still saving lives more than 30 years later. In his 10-year career at The Journal, and the Capital Bureau of Newhouse Newspapers, Dan covered everything from county courts to the state Legislature.

Following his graduate studies, he joined the Public Relations staff at General Motors corporate headquarters in Detroit, where he spent four years developing and implementing executive awareness and training programs in employee communication. From GM, he went to Weyerhaeuser Company in Tacoma, WA, where he spent four years successfully merging organizational communication with modern techniques for quality improvement and customer satisfaction.

From Weyerhaeuser, Dan worked with several communication consulting and training firms, assisting such clients as IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Morgan Stanley and Software AG, in projects that sometimes lasted two years or more.

In early 2007 Dan completed a play about famed but aging wit Dorothy Parker and her challenges teaching a college literature class in Southern California. The play was performed by the Isis Theatre Company in Idyllwild, CA, in June, 2007.

He joined the faculty at Lindsey Wilson College in the fall of 2007.


Benson Sexton

Assistant Professor of Communication

Benson Sexton

J.L. Turner Leadership Center - 214
Phone: 270-384-7384
E-mail: sextonb@lindsey.edu

M.A., Communication Studies, Western Kentucky University
B.A., Communication Studies & Christian Ministries, Lindsey Wilson College

He served in the Freshman Year Experience program from May 2004 to August 2012, first as an advisor and then as director starting in May 2006. His experience and familiarity with LWC establishes the framework necessary to effectively lead, teach, and facilitate the classroom.

Since 2007, Benson served as an adjunct instructor in the Communication program at LWC, teaching Public Speaking, Introduction to Communication, Interpersonal Communication, and Organizational Communication. His research interests are in interpersonal communication and instructional communication, specifically focusing on the impact of faculty/student relationships, in and out of class, on retention. One of his most enjoyable experiences as an instructor is assisting students in polishing their public speaking and communicative skills so they become effective communicators in their future careers.

Benson is married to Kristin and they have two children, Luke Aaron and Kate Elisabeth. He is a diehard UK and LWC basketball and football fan, and enjoys golf, hunting and fishing, playing the guitar, and singing.


Greg Phelps

Professor of Communication,
Chair of Division of Social Science & Interdisciplinary Studies

Greg Phelps

J.L. Turner Leadership Center - 207
Phone: 270-384-8234
E-mail: phelpsg@lindsey.edu


Ph.D., University of Iowa
M.A., University of Iowa
B.A., Henderson State University (Arkansas)

He is active in post-graduate professional development, including completion of intergenerational and Xtreme Aging training certificates from the Macklin Intergenerational Institute in Ohio. Before coming to Lindsey Wilson College in 1999, he taught communication courses and coached debate teams at four other colleges and universities, where his teams consistently competed in national tournaments and placed second to Harvard University in the 1985 National Debate Tournament. He has conducted workshops and delivered scholarly presentations at numerous professional meetings and published articles in the Arkansas Business and Economic Review, Journal of the Economic and Business Historical Society, Iowa Journal of Literary Studies, Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, and Public Relations Review. An entry for the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture and book review for the Oral History Review are forthcoming in 2010 and 2011.

Dr. Phelps is a native of Arkansas reared in Denton, Texas, a city in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metropolitan region. He earned a bachelor's degree from Henderson State University in Arkansas, where he double-majored in History and Speech, and participated in intercollegiate debate competition. He earned Master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Iowa, both in the discipline of Communication Studies, and completed additional graduate and professional studies at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's William H. Bowen School of Law and the University of Houston.

Reflecting his wide range of scholarly interests and commitment to interdisciplinary studies, he is currently a member of the American Communication Association, Anthropologists & Sociologists of Kentucky, Arkansas Historical Association, Kentucky Communication Association, National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation, Oral History Association, and Southern Regional Honors Council; and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Learning in Higher Education. When not working, Dr. Phelps enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading good books and watching classic movies.


Anne Streeter

Assistant Professor of Communication, Interim Associate Academic Dean

Anne Streeter

L.R. McDonald Administration Building - Third Floor
Phone: 270-384-7466
E-mail: streetera@lindsey.edu

Ph.D., Communication, University of Kentucky
M.A., Central Michigan University

After successful, challenging careers in journalism and public relations, Anne Streeter decided to chuck the corporate world to attain a doctorate in communication from the University of Kentucky. Her goal? To know more about what makes communication good - or competent - and why it often fails to accomplish its intended purpose. Her doctoral research centered on communication behaviors associated with the nursing handoff at the change of shift - a source of potential errors in patient care. She also wanted to teach, and is now an assistant professor at Lindsey Wilson College.

She spent more than 25 years working in healthcare in marketing and public relations. She was assistant vice president of work-life and marketing and public relations for Baptist Health South Florida, the largest non-profit, faith-based healthcare organization in the Miami area, when she decided to move to Kentucky to pursue the doctorate. At Baptist Health, she started out as a special events coordinator, and was promoted to increasingly responsible leadership positions. Thanks to her employer's generous tuition reimbursement program and encouragement, she earned her master's degree in business administration from Central Michigan University while working full time.

Her roots are in journalism, however, starting as a proofreader while in high school for the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal in Lubbock, Tex. During college (Texas Tech), she worked as a reporter for the paper, switching to television news as a producer and reporter after graduation. A move to Hawaii led her to the Maui News where she was the Lahaina Bureau chief and a weekly columnist and reporter. She switched to public relations, accepting a position with Hyatt Hotels Hawaii, then moving to a public relations firm, followed by a stint at Hawaiian Telephone Company. Marriage took her to Key West and Miami, Florida, and to Baptist Health.

Dr. Streeter believes in giving back to one's profession and one's community. She's been involved in organizations such as Public Relations Society of America (former board member for Miami chapter), Women in Communication (former board member, Lubbock, Tex.), American Association of University Women (past president, Harlingen, Tex., chapter), Society for Healthcare Strategic Marketing and Development (active on national committees), National Communication Association, and Florida Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations (past president), as well as in non-profit organizations such as the Casey County Public Library and the National Patient Advocate Foundation. She is the recipient of several local and national awards in reporting, marketing and public relations. In addition to writing for numerous publications produced by employers, she also co-wrote Romance to Die For: The truth about women and AIDS, as well as two books on raising birds.

When not working, she enjoys time with her husband, family, friends, horses and pets; playing the occasional round of golf; and reading/listening to as many books as possible.


Jerry Thomas

Associate Professor of Communication

Jerry Thomas

J.L. Turner Leadership Center - 202
Phone: 270-384-8140
E-mail: thomasj@lindsey.edu

M.A., Western Kentucky University
B.A., Lindsey Wilson College
A.A., Lindsey Wilson College

Mr. Thomas is a member of the Kentucky Communication Association.


Jennifer Furkin

Instructor of Communication

Jennifer Furkin

J.L. Turner Leadership Center - 104A
Phone: 270-384-7431
E-mail: furkinj@lindsey.edu