Assistant Professor of Communication Arts
on faculty since 2013
M.S., Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, 2012
B.A., Eastern Kentucky University, 2011
Professional and Personal Interests
“At Trinity it’s not just about teaching what’s in the books, it’s about applying life and the lessons at hand.”
To help his students apply what they learn, Professor Darren Zancan can look back to the experiences he’s had while writing and editing for newspapers, serving as the president of his own video production company and reporting for radio stations and television news.
Preparing students to be effective in their field involves more than textbooks and lectures for Zancan; he wants students to deepen their faith and dedicate themselves to achieving their dreams.
“I encourage students to critically think about situations and how they will handle those situations as a Christian. By integrating faith into a classroom, we not only teach them about a subject, but also enrich them.”
Zancan believes that the more variety in life, the deeper life and faith become. Throughout his 10 years of professional journalism experience, Zancan took part in many other interests. He has spent his time acting professionally, earning a role on the T.V., show Days of Our Lives, choreographing more than seven musicals, and starring in regional musicals. He also helped form and played for the Purdue University Calumet men’s baseball club. He was also the 2011 commencement speaker for Eastern Kentucky University.
In addition to his role as an assistant professor, Zancan also serves as adviser to The Courier, Trinity’s student newspaper.
Professional Society Memberships
College Media Association 2013
Investigative Reporters and Editors 2010-present
Online News Association (ONA) 2012-present
Society for Features Journalism (SFJ) 2012-present
Society of Professional Journalists 2009-present
- Introduction to Journalism
- Introduction to Public Speaking
- Journalism Practicum
- Public Relations
- Public Speaking
- Sports Journalism
- Writing for Electronic Media