Doug Lepter, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor, Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

Doug Lepter joined the M.A. in Strategic Organizational Leadership program as an adjunct professor in September 2015. He came to Point Loma with 23 years of experience in higher education and 25 years of service in full-time plus bi-vocational pastoral ministry. With an academic background in both religious and communication studies, the integration of faith and learning is a high priority for him. Having been granted both professor emeritus and retired elder status, Lepter is actively involved in teaching a number of online courses.


  • Ph.D., Communication Studies, University of Kentucky
  • Th.M., Missions and Evangelism, Asbury Theological Seminary
  • M.A., Religion, Eastern Nazarene College
  • B.A., Religion, Eastern Nazarene College

Courses Taught

  • Organizational Communication

Experience in Field

  • Trevecca Nazarene University, 2016 – present
    • Professor Emeritus, Adjunct Status
    • Teaching graduate courses in Leadership in Diverse Communities & Conflict Management and Negotiation
    • Dissertation Advisor
  • Trevecca Nazarene University, 1992 – 2016
    • Full-time faculty member in the Department of Communication Studies
    • Taught courses in Organizational Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Leadership Studies, and Public Speaking
    • Served as Division Chair (Literature, language, and Communication), 2000 - 2004
    • Served as Department Chair (Communication Studies), 2013 – 2016  
  • Midway College, 1990 – 1992
    • Adjunct Professor in Communication
  • Deluxe Check Printers, 1990 – 1992
    • Customer Service Representative

Professional and Community Involvement

  • National Communication Association, member
  • Society for the Study of Symbolic Interactionism, member
  • C.S. Lewis Foundation, member
  • Ordained Elder in the Church of the Nazarene
    • Pastored Nazarene congregations in Ohio, Indiana, Maryland, Kentucky, 1973-1985, 1987-1992
    • Evangelist, Church of the Nazarene, 1985-1987
    • Bi-vocational pastor, Tennessee, 1998-2008

Awards and Honors

  • TNU Excellence in Teaching Award (Management and Human Relations Program), 2009
  • Darda Yearbook Dedication, Trevecca Nazarene University, 2004
  • TNU Excellence in Teaching Award (Management and Human Relations Program), 1998
  • Annual Teaching Excellence Award, Trevecca Nazarene University, 1995

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Lepter, John Douglas & Lindlof, Thomas R. (2001). Coming out of abstinence: A root metaphor study of Nazarenes’ relation to movies and media. In Daniel A. Stout & Judith M. Buddenbaum (Eds.), Religion and popular culture: Studies on the interaction of worldviews (pp. 217-234). Ames, Iowa: Iowa State University Press.
  • Lepter, John Douglas (2001). Shame as a compliance gaining strategy for media attendance. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Tennessee Communication Association.
  • Lepter, John Douglas (1996). A root metaphor analysis of Nazarene discourse regarding media attendance. Dissertation, University of Kentucky.