This week we welcome Colonel John C. Church, JR. He is currently an Assistant Professor of English and Communication at Immaculata University, but also carries with him years of higher education experience as well as a vast and impressive military history. With his extensive background, his presentation on Veterans is highly anticipated.
JOHN C. CHURCH, JR., is an Assistant Professor of English and Communication at Immaculata University. Prior to returning to the classroom John was the first President in the 75-year history of Valley Forge Military College. He is also a colonel in the Marine Reserves. In 2010 he returned to Valley Forge to assume the presidency after distinguished service with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, where he coordinated civil-military operations for the commanding general and his staff. Prior to that assignment, he commanded a combined, joint Civil Affairs unit, leading Marines, soldiers, sailors, and Iraqi civilians in Ar Ramadi, Iraq. Colonel Church enlisted from Detroit and served as an active duty U.S. Navy deck seaman and hospital corpsman assigned to the Marines. He attended the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, Rhode Island, and earned a Secretary of the Navy appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy.
After leaving active duty, John taught at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, the U. S. Naval War College, and George Mason University. Before returning to the classroom, he was, first, an assistant professor of leadership at Valley Forge Military College. He then became dean, and led the charge to accept women at the college. Before his deployment to Afghanistan, he was the Director of the Service Academy Preparatory Program at VFMC.
John earned a MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U. S. Naval War College, a MA in Communication Journalism and Public Affairs from American University in Washington, D.C. and a BS in Political Science from the U.S. Naval Academy. He is a doctoral student in Mass Media and Communication at Temple University. John’s personal reflections of duty throughout the world have been featured in both the Washington Post and the Philadelphia Inquirer.
John has lectured on the dynamic of effective small unit leadership at the United States Coast Guard Academy, the United States Merchant Marine Academy, St. Joseph’s University Air Force ROTC Detachment in Philadelphia, and at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
Colonel Church is currently assigned to U.S. Marine Corps Headquarters, the Pentagon, where he leads the Civil-Military Integration Team. His personal decorations include: the Meritorious Service Medal with two Gold Stars, the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two Gold Stars, the Army Commendation Medal, the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon.
With all these accomplishments, professionally, academically, and personally, Colonel Church’s presentation is sure to be eye opening. During his presentation is two-fold: (1) to highlight the use of a specific film genre (the return of the veteran) to generate interest and support for this community’s vibrancy among our universities and college campuses and (2) note some specific programs / efforts across the country that are worth considering. With more and more men and women returning from active duty searching to start or complete an education, Colonel Church will be able to open our eyes to how we can help.