Honors Studies Faculty

Jason Morris Ed.D.
Dean, Honors College 
Director, M.Ed. in Higher Education
Associate Professor of Higher Education

B.A., Pepperdine University, 1994
M.A., Abilene Christian University, 1996
Ed.D., Texas Tech University, 2002


University Faculty Teaching in Honors

Victor McCracken 
Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics 

B.A., Harding University, 1995
M.Div., Abilene Christian University, 1999 
Ph.D., Emory University, 2008 

Dr. McCracken's areas of interest include theological and philosophical ethics, theology and popular culture, and religion in American public life. Currently, Vic is studying the intersection of Christian faith and the ethics of patriotism. 


Houston Heflin, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Bible

B.S., Abilene Christian University, 1995
M.S., Abilene Christian University, 1997
Ed.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2004

Phone: 325-674-3714
Email: houston.heflin@acu.edu


Steven Moore, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English 
Director, McNair Scholars 

B.A., University of Wisconsin, 1994
M.A., University of Nebraska, 1995
Ph.D., African-American literature, University of Nebraska, 2007

Phone: 325-674-2403
Email: steven.moore@acu.edu


Greg Powell, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry

B.S, Abilene Christian University, 1980
Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 1984

Phone: 325-674-2176
Email: powellg@acu.edu


Cynthia Powell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Honors Studies

B.S., Abilene Christian University, 1981
M.S., Texas A&M University, 1984
Ph.D., University of North Texas, 2010

Phone: 325-674-2176
Email: powellc@acu.edu



Tracy Shilcutt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History

B.S., Abilene Christian University, 1980
M.A., Abilene Christian University, 1993
Ph.D., Texas Christian University, 2003

Phone: 325-674-2758
Email: tms01a@acu.edu



Trevor Thompson
Instructor of Bible

B.A., Bible & Ministry, Oklahoma Christian University, 1998
M.Div., New Testament, Harding Graduate School of Religion, 2002
M.A., New Testament,  Harding Graduate School of Religion, 2002
M.S., New Testament & Early Christian Literature, University of Chicago, 2007
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Chicago

Phone: 325-674-3704
Email: trevor.thompson@acu.edu


Wendell Willis, Ph.D.
Professor of Bible

B.S., Midwestern State University, 1965
M.A., Abilene Christian University, 1967
B.D., Vanderbilt University, 1969
Ph.D., Southern Methodist University, 1981

Phone: 325-674-3796
Email: willisw@acu.edu



Kristina Davis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication and Honors Studies

B.A., Political Science, Abilene Christian University
M.A., Communication, Abilene Christian University
Ph.D., Communication, Texas A&M University, 2009

Phone: 325-674-2409
Email: kmc95i@acu.edu

Dr. Davis is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication and teaches many of our Honors communication courses. She recently completed her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Political Communication, with a specialization in Race and Gender Studies, from Texas A&M University.



Monty Lynn, Ph.D.
Associate Dean and Professor, Management

B.A., Harding University, 1981
B.S.W., Harding University, 1981
M.S., Cornell University, 1984
M.O.B., Brigham Young University, 1985
Ph.D., Brigham Young University, 1985

Phone: 325-674-2593
Email: lynnm@acu.edu



Phil Vardiman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Management

B.S.Ed., Abilene Christian University, 1976
M.B.A, University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, 1992
Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 2001

Phone: 325-674-2153
Email: phil.vardiman@coba.acu.edu



Rebecca Hunter, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Biology

B.S., Abilene Christian University, 2001
M.S., Texas A&M University, 2004
Ph.D., Auburn University, 2009

Phone: 325-674-2182
Email: rebecca.hunter@acu.edu



Joshua M. Brokaw, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Biology

B.S. in Environmental Science, Abilene Christian University, 2001
M.S. in Botany, Oklahoma State University, 2004
Ph.D. in Botany, Washington State University, 2009

Phone: 325-674-2168
Email: josh.brokaw@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise: 

  • Plant systematics 
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science



Cliff Barbarick, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Biblical Studies

B.A., Religion, Pepperdine University
M.Div., Pepperdine University
Ph.D.., Biblical Studies, Baylor University

Phone: 325-674-3767
Email: cliff.barbarick@acu.edu



Glenn Pemberton, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Biblical Studies

B.S., Abilene Christian University, 1985
M.A., Old Testament, Abilene Christian University, 1995
Ph.D., University of Denver/Iliff School of Theology, 1999

Phone: 325-674-3720
Email: gdp05b@acu.edu



Rodney Ashlock, Ph.D.
Department Chair and Assistant Professor, Biblical Studies

B.A., Biblical Language, Harding University, 1987
M.Div., Abilene Christian University, 1991
Ph.D., Biblical Studies, Baylor University, 2002

Phone: 325-674-3740
Email: ashlockr@acu.edu



Mark W. Hamilton 
Professor of Old Testmament, Graduate School of Theology

B.A., Freed-Hardeman College
M.A., Abilene Christian University
M.Div., Abilene Christian University
Ph.D., Harvard University

Phone: 325-674-3730
Email: mark.hamilton@acu.edu



Jennifer Shewmaker, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology

B.S., Abilene Christian University
Ph.D., Texas Woman's University 

Phone: 325-674-2459
Email: jws02b@acu.edu



Dena Counts
Instructor of Communication and Director of Forensics 

B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1990
M.A., Abilene Christian University, 2003

Phone: 325-674-2631
Email: dld99b@acu.edu

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