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Nance McCown

Lecturer in Communication

A familiar face at Messiah College, Nance joins the Department of Communication full-time this year. She currently is completing her Ph.D. in public relations with dissertation work at the University of Maryland. Nance earned a B.A. in English from Messiah and a master's in journalism from Temple University (Capital Campus). In addition to her role as adjunct instructor in public relations/communication since 1990, Nance has been a successful freelance writer. She leads worship at West Shore Evangelical Free Church, enjoys knitting, geocaching (high-tech treasure hunting with a hand-held GPS), reading and spending time with family. Nance lives in Dillsburg with her husband, Jon (MC '85), and children Stephen (16), Katie (14), and Christy (11).

Nance McCown, Lecturer of Communication
David Owen, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

David Owen

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

David is a Messiah graduate (’97) with an undergraduate degree in electrical
and a master's and Ph.D. in computer science from West Virginia University. From his education at Messiah, David learned that “engineering is not just about getting the right answers on paper, but about relationships with people who have different perspectives, and about humility.” We look forward to David sharing his perspective with our students as assistant professor of computer science. David and his wife Gretta have been involved for several years with the Summer Institute of Linguistics through Wycliffe Bible Translators. They live in Dillsburg.

Jenell Williams Paris

Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

Jenell comes to Messiah College from Bethel University in Minnesota where she taught anthropology for the past eight years. She earned a Ph.D. in cultural
anthropology from American University and a B.A. in cultural studies with a minor in economics from Bethel University. Jenell’s research has covered a range of topics: women’s activism, themes in contemporary worship music, pietism and anthropology as well as race, class and postmodern Christianity. She currently serves as the Social Science editor for the Christian Scholar’s Review. Jenell is married to James Paris and, together with their three sons, they live in Boiling Springs.

Jenell Williams Paris, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

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