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Zack Carter

Assistant Professor of Communication
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  • PhD, Communication - Interpersonal, Regent University (2015)
  • MA, English - Rhetoric and Composition, Purdue University (2009)
  • BA, English - Professional Writing, Purdue University (2007)
  • family cohesion
  • marriage boundaries and faithfulness
  • mediated communication addiction and relationships
  • premarital relationship health
  • self cognition and relationship behavior

Advice to Incoming Students

Remember, your professors here at Taylor were once students themselves, too! Engage with us, because we have not forgotten this fact and, more importantly, we want to get to know you, both academically and individually.

Exercise grace to both your peers and, yes, to your professors for not seeing you like you see yourself; if you do this, both you and your relationships with others, during your time here and beyond, will flourish.

Finally, don’t forget to focus on Jesus and your relationships. Your studies are important, but don’t become so consumed that you forget to carve out daily quality time both with Him and others.

Why I Came to Taylor

I came to Taylor to serve students alongside an authentically passionate faculty whose love for the Taylor community is only outmatched by their love for Jesus Christ. There is a perpetual atmosphere of optimism, encouragement, and grace that exists both in and outside of the classroom. It was impossible to not become captivated by this environment.


Zack lives in Upland with his lovely wife, Stacey, and their two dogs, Littlerock and Harleygirl. Together, they enjoy weight-lifting, spending time outdoors, serving in their local church, watching a good movie on the couch, spending time with their family, or spoiling their two pups.

Major Career Accomplishments

Academic Publications:
“Emotional and Sexual Facebook Communication Habits of Married Men with the Opposite Sex: The Damaging Marital Effects of Facebook Cyberinfidelity.”
Journal of Psychology and Christianity. Volume 37, No. 2. (Summer 2018).

“Married and Previously Married Men and Women Perceptions of Communication on Facebook with the Opposite Sex: How Communicating Through Facebook Can Be Damaging to Marriages.”
Journal of Divorce and Remarriage. Volume 57, Issue 1 (January 2016).

Commercial Publications:
Final Exam Stress? Five Ways to Finish Finals Strong: The research even says you shouldn’t skip class.
Psychology Today, December 4th, 2017

Body Objectification: The Psychology Behind This Epidemic.
Psychology Today, November 3rd, 2017.

7 Infidelity Preventatives Your Marriage Needs Today.
Psychology Today, October 11th, 2017.

The Real Dangers of the Cohabitation Trend: What recent research tells us.
Relevant Magazine, October 2nd, 2017.

“Maybe You Should Get Married: Cohabitation may be limiting your opportunity for a healthy marriage.
Psychology Today, September 15th, 2017.

“One-On-One Opposite Sex Friendships: A Marriage Blind Spot.”
Psychology Today, August 18th, 2017.

“How Social Media Can Ruin Your Marriage: And, the steps to take to prevent it from happening.”
Relevant Magazine, August 15th, 2017.

“Texting Is Easier, but It Might Be Ruining Your Relationships: The spiritual consequences of “just sending a text.”
Relevant Magazine, August 9th, 2017.

“Don’t Let Living in the Past Kill Your Future: Be aware of hindsight bias.”
Relevant Magazine, August 7th, 2017.

“Your Marriage and Social Media: The Grass Isn’t Greener.”
Psychology Today, August 7th, 2017.

“How ‘Facebook Infidelity’ Can Sabotage Your Marriage: Why you should be wary of some internet relationships.”
Relevant Magazine, July 31, 2017.

“I-Knew-It-All-Along: 3 Steps to Avoid Living in the Past.”
Psychology Today, July 20, 2017.

“Facebook Infidelity: 10 Safeguards Your Marriage Needs Today.
Psychology Today, July 18, 2017.

“The Most Important Relationship Strength You Must Have: How you treat people can contribute to long term relationship happiness.”
Psychology Today, July 13, 2017.

“Learning to Practice Forgiveness Will Change Your Life: The physical, mental, and spiritual reasons why.”
Relevant Magazine, June 29, 2017.

“Are You Hiding Behind Your Texts? How choosing to text instead of talk may be weakening your relationships.”
Psychology Today, June 26, 2017.

“Freedom in Forgiveness: Extensive research shows why you should forgive them, even if they never ask.”
Psychology Today, June 12, 2017.

“Three Nonverbal Behaviors That May Damage Your Marriage: Nonverbal research shows importance of monitoring eye contact, touch, and time.”
Psychology Today. June 12, 2017.

“Texting May Destroy Your Marriage: An emotional detachment from your spouse can occur far before a sexual one.”
Psychology Today. June 6, 2017.

“Are You Self-ie Absorbed? A collectively acceptable trend that has individually detaching consequences.”
Psychology Today. June 3, 2017.

“Internet Infidelity: Today’s Blind-Spot Threat to Marriage: A growing body of research suggests text with opposite sex can hurt marriages.”
Psychology Today. June 1, 2017.

“Are You Accidentally a Narcissist on Social Media? How to tell and what to do.”
Relevant Magazine. May 29, 2017.

“What Your Clothes Say About You: It’s time to reframe the modesty argument.”
Relevant Magazine. May 1, 2017.

“Is It OK for Married People to Text the Opposite Sex? Affairs don’t start with sex.”
Relevant Magazine. February 27, 2017.

“Infidelity Doesn’t Just Happen: 4 red flags to guard against.”
Relevant Magazine. October 28, 2016.

“How to Protect Your Marriage Against Internet Infidelity: Social media and text messaging have given us a slippery slope.”
Relevant Magazine. October 25, 2016.

Commercial Radio Broadcasting:
“How Social Media Can Ruin Your Marriage.” Moody Radio. September 8th, 2017.

“Is Facebook Damaging Your Relationship?” I Do podcast interview. iTunes. #1 Marriage and Dating Podcast in iTunes. August 2nd, 2017.

“Are You Hiding Behind Your Texts?” Roundhouse Radio 98.3, British Columbia. June 28, 2017.

“Texting and Impacts on Relationships.” CJAD800 Montreal, Quebec. June 14, 2017.

“Wise Boundaries with the Opposite Sex.”Worship Leader Training podcast interview. iTunes. January 1, 2017.