John B. Hatch, Ph.D.

John B. Hatch, Ph.D.Chair
Professor of Communication Studies
Ph.D. Regent University
Office: Andrews 201
Phone: 610-341-5950


B.A. Western State College of Colorado
M.A. Colorado State University
Ph.D. Regent University
At Eastern since 2011


Dr. Hatch grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs but has spent most of his adult life in other parts of the U.S. as well as overseas.  As a young adult, he became fascinated with cross-cultural communication through involvement in Youth With A Mission, joining short-term outreaches in Mexico, Belize, and Honduras.  After getting his master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language, he lived in Kazakstan (Central Asia) for nearly three years as a visiting lecturer at Ahmed Yasawi University.  During his doctoral studies at Regent, he focused on intercultural communication, race relations, and public reconciliation initiatives.  His ongoing research in these areas has resulted in the publication of journal articles and an award-winning book entitled Race and Reconciliation: Redressing Wounds of Injustice. He came to Eastern after teaching for eight years at the University of Dubuque in Iowa. In 2015, Dr. Hatch received the Article of the Year award from the Religious Communication Association for his study of a ground-breaking album by the David Crowder Band. His article analyzed the unique manner in which the band constructed and communicated its vision of Christian faith and worship.

John Hatch lives in the area with his wife, Christie, who also works at Eastern.  They enjoy leading worship at the Church of the Good Samaritan; he also composes and plays acoustic guitar music.  When they get the chance, they travel to historic sites and scenic locations. A lot of the sparkle in their lives owes to their lovable beagle, Bailey.


Introduction to Communication (Relational), Intercultural Communication, Persuasion, Interpersonal Communication, Family Communication, Rhetorical Criticism, Public Speaking, Senior Seminar


It all began during junior high when my best friend and I (who lived a few miles away) had a blast riding our skateboards on the paved paths of Eastern’s hilly, wooded campus!  Decades later, what drew me to teach at Eastern was its commitment to “faith, reason, and justice.”  In light of my Christian faith and my studies of reconciliation as a way to promote racial harmony with justice, I could readily see myself working at Eastern. I’m thankful for the opportunity to teach here, and I enjoy the camaraderie among students and professors, especially in the Communication Studies Department.


Racial reconciliation, intercultural dialogue, public apologies, communication ethics, contemporary Christian music, the Emerging Church



  • “Rhetorical Synthesis through a (Rap)prochement of Identities: Hip-Hop and the Gospel According to the Gospel Gangstaz.” Journal of Communication and Religion 25:2 (2002): 228-67.
  • “Reconciliation: Building a Bridge from Complicity to Coherence in the Rhetoric of Race Relations.” Rhetoric & Public Affairs 6:4 (2003): 737-64.
  • “Beyond Apologia: Racial Reconciliation and Apologies for Slavery.” Western Journal of Communication 70:3 (2006): 186-211.
  • “Dialogic Rhetoric in Letters Across the Divide: A Dance of (Good) Faith toward Racial Reconciliation.” Rhetoric & Public Affairs 12:4 (2009): 485-532.
  • “Rounding (out) the Bases of Racial Reconciliation: (Dia)logology and Virginia’s Apology for Slavery.” In Transcendence by Perspective: Meditations on and with Kenneth Burke. Ed. Bryan Crable. 87-113.  Anderson, SC: Parlor Press. 2014.
  • “Incongruity, Irony, and Maturity in Contemporary Worship Music: An Extended Burkeian Analysis of A Collision.” Journal of Communication and Religion 37:1 (2014).

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