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Ryan McDaniel has been a member of the faculty of the Department of Communication Studies at EIU since 2007. A proud alum, Ryan has earned four degrees from Eastern, including B.A. degrees in communication studies and philosophy, and M.A. degrees in communication studies and history. He also holds an M.A. in theology from the Aquinas Institute of Theology, an M.Div. from Luther Rice Seminary and University, and has studied religion as a postgraduate student at Princeton Theological Seminary. Most recently, he has pursued doctoral studies in religion and rhetoric at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as Nashotah House Theological Seminary. In addition to his service at EIU, Ryan McDaniel is an ordained priest of the Orthodox Church, serving as a chaplain in the Illinois Air National Guard.