Baylor University
 Robert Darden

Prof. Robert Darden

Associate Professor

Phone: (254) 710-7414
Office: Castellaw 267


  • Intro to Mass Communication
  • Magazine and Feature Writing
  • Screenwriting
  • Film Writing/Criticism/Review
  • Reporting and Writing for Media
  • Writing for Media Markets


  • Baylor University, 1976
    Bachelor of Science in Education (Journalism/Art)
  • University of North Texas, 1978
    Master of Arts (Journalism) 

Year Started at Baylor

  • Adjunct: 1988-1999
  • Tenure: 1999


  • Arts & Entertainment Editor for The Waco Tribune-Herald (1978-1986).
  • Gospel Music Editor for Billboard magazine (1984-1994).
  • Senior Editor of The Wittenburg Door (1987-present).
  • Professor at Texas State Technical College for one semester (1988).
  • Freelance full time and teacher in Baylor’s professional writing and telecommunications department (1988).
  • Journalism faculty as associate professor (2006).


  • Author of more than two dozen books and hundreds of magazine articles.
  • Recipient of Rotary Foundation Fellowship to study art history and film at the University of Bristol in Bristol, England, 1986.
  • Articles and short stories have appeared in:
    The New York Times, The Oxford American, Southern Arts, Amazing Journeys, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, CCM (Contemporary Christian Music), and others.
  • Interviewed and featured on “All Things Considered,” “Tapestry” (Canadian Broadcasting Corp.) and “Fresh Air.”
  • Interviewed in The New Yorker.
  • 2008 Baylor University Centennial Professor.
  • 2008 Outstanding Research Professor, College of Arts & Sciences.

Interests & Hobbies

  • Black gospel music.
  • Religious humor and satire.
  • Fiction.
  • World music.
  • Ethnic cuisine.
  • Foreign films.
  • Drummer for local R&B band, After Midnight.
  • Travel.

Favorite Thing about Teaching

  • "I get students who want to change the world."

Favorite Thing about Baylor

  • "Once again, I get students who want to change the world."