Dean, College of Arts and SciencesProfessor of Communication
Dr. Melton is the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and
director of the Kairos Scholars Honors Program. He came to Lee in 1995
after a year teaching at George Fox College in
Newberg, Ore. Before that, he was a doctoral fellow at Regent
University, where he received a PhD in rhetoric and an MA in journalism.
During his time at Lee, Melton has taught journalism, communication and
humanities, served as department chair for Communication
& the Arts ('97-'02) and as director of Student Publications
awards include Regent University’s 1992 Outstanding Journalism
Graduate, the Religious Communication Association’s 1996 Dissertation of
the Year Award, Lee University’s 2000 Excellence
in Advising Award and several national collegiate press awards.
other prior careers, Melton spent three years as an educator in Cali,
Colombia where he helped found and administer a church-based primary
school. Melton’s passions include the humanities
and all forms of mass media. He also continues to research, write and
speak about film, popular culture and the rhetorical dimensions of
politics, religion and technology.
He and his wife, Leslie, have been married since 1985 and have one son, Nicholas.