Faculty & Staff

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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
Assistant Professor; 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 Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Associate Professor

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

Phone: 325-674-2209

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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

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


Joy Bonala
News Director for KACU 89.5 FM

B.A., Western Kentucky University

Phone: 325-674-4939
Email: ejl14a@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

B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1989

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


Zane Goggans
Operations Director for KACU 89.5 FM

B.S., Abilene Christian University

Phone: 325-674-2441
Email: zdg08b@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


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