Doug Mendenhall


Doug Mendenhall
Assistant professor and Journalist-in-Residence, director of the JMC Internship Program

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



Phone: 325-674-6675
FAX: 325-674-2139
Post address: ACU Box 27892, Abilene, Texas 79699
Office: Don Morris 314


  • B.A. summa cum laude, Journalism and Mass Communication, Abilene Christian University, 1982
  • M.S. summa cum laude, Mass Communication, Middle Tennessee State University, 2004
  • Ph.D., Mass Communication, Texas Tech University College of Mass Communication, 2015. Dissertation: Comparing Levels of Incivility Across Religious and Political Blog Posts.

Professional Experience

  • Instructor and Journalist in Residence, Abilene Christian University, August 2008 to present
  • Weekly religion columnist, The Huntsville Times, June 2000 to September 2012, and The Abilene Reporter-News, 2009 to present.
  • Design editor, The Huntsville (Ala.) Times, October 1997 to August 2008
  • Managing editor, The Decatur (Ala.) Daily, June 1992 to September 1997
  • Graphics editor, The Nashville (Tenn.) Banner, May 1987 to June 1992
  • Newsroom positions including sports designer, news designer, copy editor, features designer, columnist and graphics editor, The Abilene Reporter-News, May 1982 to May 1987
  • Editor, The Optimist, Abilene Christian University, August 1980 to May 1982


  • “How Jesus Ended Up in the Food Court: 77 devotional thoughts you never thought of,” VMI: Sisters, Ore., 2006
  • “When Dinosaurs Ruled the World,” a review of “The New York Times: The Complete Front Pages, 1851-2008.” Jhistory, H-Net Reviews. April 2009
  • "Comparing hostility in the editorials of three modern Stone-Campbell journals," in “Media, Religion, History, Culture: Selected Essays from the 4th Elon University Media and Religion Conference,” Bloomington, Ind.: Authorhouse, 2014

  • “Blogging Ferguson in Black and White.” NMEDIAC: The Journal of New Media & Culture, July 2015.
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