Adjunct Professor of Communication Studies
Melissa JANE Arnett grew up in Indiana. She attended David Lipscomb College, (now a University) in Nashville, Tennessee. Her first major was medical technology. After discovering that she was not meant for the sciences and spending a lot of time working in the theatre, she changed her major to communications. While at Lipscomb, she was one of 14 students selected to perform in a USO troop entertaining the military in Greenland, Iceland and Goose Bay, Labrador. She graduated with a BA in Speech Communication and Theatre.
Next Jane attended Ball State University in her hometown of Muncie, Indiana as a graduate assistant working for the Speech Department. Her main job was to teach freshman speech. In spite of having no teacher training (except Sunday school) she found that she had a knack for explaining concepts and providing examples to aid her students’ understanding. She graduated from Ball State with an MA in Speech Communications and Theatre.
She moved to California and soon found an adjunct teaching position at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster. She still teaches Public Speaking and Communication Theory there. She started teaching at College of the Canyons in 1992, also as an adjunct teaching Public Speaking and Group Communications In 2005 she was hired at Pepperdine University as an adjunct teaching Rhetorical Analysis and Public Speaking.
She is a Christian who believes in tolerance and good sense of humor. She has 3 adult sons who live in LA County. Her hobbies include performing in community theatre and playing with her grandkids.