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Journalism | Meet the Faculty

Journalism Department Staff

"I have learned so much during my time so far at PHC taking classes with Dr. Sillars. Small class sizes and the fact that you have direct input from a veteran reporter on your stories have helped me to hone my skills and get my first internship after my freshman year. "

—Evie Fordham, Current Student


Leslie Sillars, Ph.D.

Director and Professor of Journalism

Dr. Sillars (University of Texas at Austin) teaches courses in the Journalism major, directs internships, serves as a student adviser, and oversees the student newspaper. He writes and edits for worldmag.com and is Mailbag Editor at WORLD magazine. His work has also appeared in The Weekly Standard, Touchstone, The American Conservative, The Gospel Coalition, and others. His first book, Intended for Evil: A Survivor's Story of Love, Faith, and Courage in the Cambodian Killing Fields, came out in October, 2016.


Joe P. Carter, M.B.A.

Adjunct Professor of Journalism

Professor Carter teaches Web-based Journalism and Design at PHC. An experienced journalist, he is the Director of Communications for the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, an editor for The Gospel Coalition, and a senior editor at the Acton Institute. A fifteen-year Marine Corps veteran, Professor Carter previously served as the online editor for First Things magazine, managing editor for The East Texas Tribune, and the online magazine Culture11. He has also served as the Director of Research and Rapid Response for the Mike Huckabee presidential campaign and as a director of communications for both the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity and the Family Research Council.

Professor Carter is the co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator. He lives in Ashburn, VA with his wife Misty and their daughter Samantha.

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