Faculty and Staff


Rachel Williams-Smith | Dean

Rachel Williams-Smith Office: Brock Hall - 1015
Phone: 423.236.2740
Email: rwilliamssmith@southern.edu
Ed.D. Educational Leadership and Management, Capella University 
Ph.D. Communication, Regent University
MA English, University of Cincinnati
BS Secondary Education—Language Arts, Oakwood College

Dean, Southern Adventist University
Graduate Program Director/Associate Professor, Communication Department, Andrews University
Department Chair, Communication Department, Andrews University
Associate Professor, Oakwood University
Director/Chair, Adult and Continuing Education Department, Oakwood University
Associate Editor, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center
Author: Born Yesterday


Communication & Public Speaking
Communication Research
Communication Theory
Interpersonal Communication

Hobbies: Solving Puzzles, Reading, Traveling

Quote:"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them" - Romans 8:28, NLT


Lorraine Ball | Associate Professor

Professor Lorraine Ball Office: Brock Hall – 1015
Phone: 423.236.2773
Email:  lball@southern.edu
MS Organizational Communication, Clark University
BA Communication, Atlantic Union College

Professor, Southern Adventist University
Outreach Coordinator, Multiple Intelligences School
Career Services, Atlantic Union College Coordinator
Personnel Assistant, The Ohio State University


Communication & Public Speaking
Introduction to Communication
Writing for the Media
Public Relations Principles & Theory
Group Dynamics
Portfolio & Career
Professional Communication & Leadership

Hobbies: Traveling, Gardening, Reading, A good laugh!

Quote: "The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance." - Benjamin Franklin


Pamela Maize Harris | Professor

Dr. Pamela Maize Harris  Office: Brock Hall - 1015
Phone: 423.236.2728
Email: pharris@southern.edu
Ph.D. University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.L.S. Information Science, Vanderbilt University
BA English and Speech Communication, Southern Adventist University
APR, Accreditation in Public Relations from the Public Relations Society of America

Professor, Southern Adventist University
Assistant Professor - Communication-Public Relations, Western Carolina University
Walla Walla University


Writing for the Media
Advertising Copywriting
Communication & Public Speaking
Mass Media Law and Ethics
Public Relations Campaign
PR Strategy

Hobbies: Playing the organ, Collecting vintage typewriters, Cameras, Textiles, Genealogy


Natalia López-Thismón | Assistant Professor

Natalia López-Thismón  Office: Brock Hall - 1015
Phone: 423.236.2745
Email: nlopezthismon@southern.edu
MA Communication Studies, California State University
BS Public Relations, Southern Adventist University

Assistant Professor, Southern Adventist University
Assistant Professor, La Sierra University
Public Outreach Manager, National Communication Association
Associate Director for Communication, ADRA International
Communication Specialist, ADRA International
Business Communication Assistant, Miami HEAT


Communication & Public Speaking
Social Media
Fundamentals of Advertising
Intercultural Communication

Hobbies: Traveling, Reading

Quote: "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." - Helen Keller


Andy Nash | Professor

Dr. Andy Nash  Office: Brock Hall - 1015
Phone: 423.236.2733
Email: anash@southern.edu
Ph.D. English-Creative Nonfiction, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
MA English, Andrews University
BA Print Journalism, BA English, Southern Adventist University

Professor, Southern Adventist University
Consultant, Reader's Digest magazine
Editor, Adventist Today magazine
Publisher, The Front Porch Syndicate
Assistant Professor, Union College
Assistant Editor, Adventist Review magazine
Author: Paper God, Tatum and Her Tiger (Children's), Growing Up Adventist


Literary Journalism
Magazine & Feature Article Writing
Publication Editing
News Reporting
Communication & Publication Speaking

Hobbies: Sports, Travel, Saxophone, Reading, Whatever my three girls are currently interested in

Quote: “Simplify, simplify.” – Henry David Thoreau in Walden


Stephen Ruf | Associate Professor

Professor Stephen Ruf Office: Brock Hall - 1015
Phone: 423.236.2761
Email: sruf@southern.edu
MS Communications, Media Management emphasis, University of Tennessee
BS Broadcast Journalism, University of Tennessee

Associate Professor, Southern Adventist University
Reporter, WDEF-TV, Chattanooga
Assignment Editor, WDEF-TV, Chattanooga
Morning Anchor and Reporter, WKGN News/Talk Radio, Knoxville
Legislative Aide, Tennessee State Senate


Broadcast News Writing
Foundations of Broadcasting
TV News Reporting and Performance
Introduction to Photography
Digital Photography

Hobbies: Hiking, Traveling, Blood Assurance volunteer

Quote: "Get it first, but first get it right." - Old Associated Press slogan


Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct Professor - Digital Audio Production
Content Producer, National Public Radio affiliate in Atlanta; 90.1 FM, WABE

Adjunct Professor - Intro to Web Design
Southern Adventist University

Adjunct Professor - Communication & Public Speaking
Retired full-time professor in the School of Journalism & Communication

Adjunct Professor - Communication & Public Speaking
Received doctoral degree, Andrews University, August 2010

Adjunct Professor - Digital Photography; Photojournalism
Retired Photo Editor, Chattanooga Times Free Press


Avery Botticelli | Office Manager

Avery Botticelli 

Phone: 423.236.2330
Email: averybotticelli@southern.edu
BS Mass Communication, writing/editing emphasis,
Southern Adventist University

Hobbies: Spending time with my family, Traveling, Reading, Writing
 "The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain." - The Alchemist