Greg Spencer

Greg Spencer

Professor of Communication Studies
Phone: (805) 565-6195
Office Location: Deane Hall 105

Office Hours
Monday 3:15-5:15 pm
Tuesday 1:00-3:00 pm
Thursday 1:00-2:00 pm
and by appointment

Media Ethics

Since arriving in Santa Barbara in 1987, Greg Spencer has taught Communication Studies at Westmont College. He and his wife of over 30 years, Janet, have raised three daughters: Emily, Hannah, and Laura. When not teaching or having lunch with students, Greg can be found tending his roses or playing tennis. His most recent book is Awakening the Quieter Virtues, published by InterVarsity Press (2010). He has also published A Heart for Truth: Taking Your Faith to College, two novels (The Welkening and Guardian of the Veil), and numerous articles on what it means to live in a media-saturated culture.


Professor Spencer Teaches:

  • Messages, Meaning, & Culture
  • Media Ethics
  • Rhetoric
  • Seminar: Rhetoric of Transition (for graduating seniors)


  • Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Oregon
  • M.S. in Communication from the University of Oregon
  • B.S. in Speech Communication from California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo

Research Interests:

  • Rhetorical Proprioception: How Words Frame Our Sense of Order
  • Media Ethics
  • Religious Rhetoric

Selected Publications & Presentations:

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