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Cheryl Mann Bacon, Ed.D., APR
Department Chair and Professor; Faculty Adviser of Kappa Tau Alpha chapter; Faculty Adviser of Society of Professional Journalists chapter; Co-sponsor Ad/PR Association

B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1976
M.A., Abilene Christian University, 1979
Ed.D. Texas Tech University, 1991
APR, Public Relations Society of America, 1993

Phone: 325-674-2812
Email: cheryl.bacon@jmc.acu.edu

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Nathan Gibbs
Assistant Professor, General Manager of KACU 89.5 FM, Director of Broadcast Operations; Faculty Adviser of National Association of Hispanic Journalists chapter

B.S., Abilene Christian University, 2000
M.F.A, Rensselaer Polytechic University, 2004

Phone: 325-674-2441
Email: nathan.gibbs@acu.edu

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Joyce Haley
Instructor; Faculty Adviser to Mitchell & Morris, student-run advertising/public relations agency; Faculty Adviser to student chapter of American Advertising Federation; Co-sponsor Ad/PR Association

B.S., Pepperdine University, 1981
M.S., Abilene Christian University, 2003

Phone: 325-674-2026
Email: haleyj@acu.edu

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Susan Lewis, Ed.D.
Vice Provost, Associate Professor

B.S., Abilene Christian University, 1992
M.A., Abilene Christian University, 1997
Ed.D., Pepperdine University, 2008

Phone: 325-674-2024
Email: lewiss@acu.edu

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Doug Mendenhall
Assistant Professor and Journalist-in-Residence

B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1982
M.S., Middle Tennessee State University, 2004
Ph.D., Texas Tech University, 2014

Phone: 325-674-6675
Email: doug.mendenhall@acu.edu

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Kenneth Pybus, J.D.
Associate Professor; Faculty Adviser of The Optimist and JMC Network;Faculty Adviser of Society of Professional Journalists chapter

B.S., Abilene Christian University, 1989
J.D., Baylor University School of Law, 1992
Ph.D., Texas Tech University, in progress

Phone: 325-674-2553
Email: kenneth.pybus@acu.edu

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Jessica Smith, Ph.D.
Associate Professor; Faculty Adviser to 99 West, student-run multimedia agency

B.S., Abilene Christian University, 2002
M.A., University of South Florida, 2005
Ph. D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010

Phone: 325-674-2045

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Cade White
Instructor; Visuals Adviser to the JMC Network, Faculty Advisor to 99 West, student-run multimedia agency

B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1990
M.A., Abilene Christian University, 1998

Phone: 325-674-2295
Email: cade.white@jmc.acu.edu

Adjunct & Part-Time Faculty


Tim Graham
Research Coordinator, Zachry Associates, Inc.

B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1981
B.B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1981
M.A., Abilene Christian University, 1993
Doctoral work, University of Tennessee, 1993-1996

Email: tjg05b@acu.edu


Joey Roberts
Communication Ministers, University Church of Christ

B.S., Abilene Christian University, 1999
M.S., Abilene Christian University, 2005

Phone: 325-673-6497 
Email: jrr95c@acu.edu



Charles H. Marler, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus

B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1955
M.A., Abilene Christian University, 1968
Ph.D., University of Missouri, 1974

Phone: 325-674-2298
Email: charlie.marler@jmc.acu.edu



Barbara Bush-Lamming
Administrative Coordinator

B.S. from Lubbock Christian University

Phone: 325-674-2296
Email: bsb10a@acu.edu 


Cara Lee Cranford
Director of Development for KACU 89.5 FM; Director of Student Media Marketing for The Optimistand JMC Network

B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1989

Phone: 325-674-2463
Email: clc05b@acu.edu



Caleb Robinson
Director of Operations for KACU 89.5 FM

B.F.A, Abilene Christian University, 2015

Phone: 325-674-2441
Email: cnr08a@acu.edu


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James Thompson
Senior Broadcast Engineer, KACU 89.5 FM

Associates Degree, Community College of the Air Force

Phone: 325-674-2426
Email: jat01d@acu.edu


Lisa Wiggins
Academic Adviser

B.A., Abilene Christian University
M.A., Abilene Christian University

Phone: 325-674-2297
Email: lrw95q@acu.edu

Lisa Wiggins
Director of News for KACU 89.5 FM



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