Glendal Robinson

Glendal Robinson, PhD

Glendal Robinson

Department of Communication

PhD University of North Texas (2004) Information Science

M.A. California State University, Chico (1989) Information and Communication Studies

B.A. Pacific Union College, Angwin, California, Communication (journalism emphasis)

In his spare time, Glen likes to write, and has been quite prolific over the years. He has published a religion column in the Cleburne Times-Review, has published more than 200 articles and stories in regional and national publications, and written and published more than 22 books. He has received two Angel Awards for excellence in writing and editing.

Glen spent the first five years of his career as managing editor of the Pacific Union Recorder, an eight-page weekly newspaper, learning under the guidance of Adventist communication pioneer Shirley Burton. It was there he learned his editing, reporting and management skills.

He then spent seven years in hospital public relations, first working at Hinsdale Sanitarium and Hospital in Hinsdale, Illinois, then at Paradise Valley Hospital in National City, California.

In 1988, Glen went into graduate school full time for a year, finishing his master’s degree, then received a call to serve as director of developmental research and book editor at Pacific Press.

Glen ended up spending 10 years at Pacific Press in Nampa, Idaho, where he did marketing research, served as a book editor, and worked as a magazine editor for three different publications. He researched and served as editor for ParentTalk magazine in its nationwide launch in the late 90s, a distinction very few editors can claim.

In 1998, Glen left Pacific Press to join Southwestern Adventist University, where he has taught ever since. At SWAU, he has also served as webmaster, editor of Southwestern Spirit, the alumni magazine, and manager of the campus radio station. He has been at Southwestern for 19 years.

Glen met his wife Shelly when they were students at Pacific Union College and immediately fell in love. That was 42 years ago. Things haven’t changed that much, other than including two grown children: Matthew, who lives and works with his family in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he makes short films in his spare time; and Melissa, just finishing up a master’s in linguistics at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.