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Michael Mendenhall
Assistant Director, Faculty Development

My educational credentials began with the completion of a B.A. in Journalism and English and a minor in History from Loma Linda University in Riverside, California. In 1997, I completed a Masters of Science degree in Management at Indiana Wesleyan University. I plan to complete a Master of Arts degree in English at Ball State University in 2020.

I began facilitating in 1999 and have taught on-site and online extensively in our associate degree programs. The courses have focussed primarily on English composition, research writing, American literature, and student orientation.

My current role at Indiana Wesleyan University is Assistant Director, Faculty Development, in the College of Adult and Professional Studies. Publishing the FacultyLife blog is a joy to connect with thousands of members of the adjunct faculty community.

God has been gracious and merciful in countless ways for which I am grateful.

My sweetheart for life, Andrea, has sojourned with me for more than 35 years of marriage. Our union has produced three wonderful blessings - Sarah, Hannah, and Andrew. In 2015, we were blessed with our first grandchild – Ruby Jewell. In 2016, granddaughter number two—Alana Rae—greeted us. In 2017, we welcomed our third granddaughter—Opal Ray. Our first grandson, Anson James, was born on my birthday in 2018.

Teaching is a dream come true, which allows God to develop a talent that honors Him. My hobbies include reading history and biographies, listening to a wide variety of music, walking/biking/hiking/swimming with my wife, and writing inspirational stories.

I asked Jesus into my heart at the age of fourteen, while listening to a youth pastor at summer camp. He presented Jesus Christ in a way that was personal and real. Over the years, God has buffed many rough edges from my flesh to better reveal my spiritual character.

In 1993, I attended the first national Promise Keepers Men's Conference in Boulder, Colorado. That experience, along with other PK conferences that followed, challenged me to a greater degree of brokenness in trusting Jesus Christ with every area of my life.

My wife has been the greatest human influence in my spiritual walk. She challenges, questions, and rebukes, but always loves me to be the man God wants me to be.

I can be contacted at or 317-374-8886.