Rachel Williams-Smith is chair of the Andrews University Communication Department, Berrien Springs, Michigan. Previously, she was a professor at Oakwood University and director of its LEAP program. She has a B.S. in Language Arts from Oakwood University (1990), a M.A. in Professional Writing from the University of Cincinnati (1995), and a Ph.D. in Communication from Regent University (2007). She is also completing an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Management with Capella University.