Dean's Office Contacts

 

Todd Shields

Dean

Phone: 479-575-4804
Email:  tshield@uark.edu

Represents the Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences within the University of Arkansas and externally. Fosters the Fulbright name nationally and internationally. Provides a strategic vision for the college in the areas of research, diversity, retention, and development. Manages the resources of the college.  Makes recommendations on personnel matters, presides over college faculty, and handles faculty and staff grievances. Receives and acts on the recommendations of department and program faculty as communicated by chairs and directors. Promotes international education and oversees the area studies programs. Encourages a diverse college community at every level, from staff to students to faculty. Works with University Advancement to secure external support for college units. Advocates for the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.  

Yvette Murphy-Erby

Associate Dean of Social Sciences

Phone: 479-575-3711
Email: ymurphy@uark.edu

Serves as the administrative liaison between the Dean's Office and academic departments, programs, and research centers in the social sciences. Implements the strategic plan of the college as it relates to the social sciences. Collaborates with the assistant director for research and programs, focusing on the academic and curricular issues involved in Global Campus, summer teaching, intersessions, and extra compensation. Promotes social science research by encouraging faculty to apply for external funding from foundations and federal agencies and by facilitating grant writing workshops. Works closely with the Advising Center.

Lynda Coon

Associate Dean of Fine Arts & Humanities

Phone:  479-575-5896
Email:  llcoon@uark.edu

Serves as the administrative liaison between the Dean's Office and departments, programs, and research centers in the fine arts and humanities. Implements the strategic plan of the college as it relates to the arts and humanities. Acts as a primary contact for interdisciplinary programs in the college. Promotes arts and humanities research by encouraging faculty to apply for external grants and fellowships and by facilitating grant writing workshops. Oversees faculty awards and fellowships.  Administers the Cambridge University visiting fellowship program. Supervises the academic integrity process and works closely with the Advising Center. 

Jeannine Durdik

Associate Dean of Natural Sciences

Phone: 479-575-3684
Email: jdurdik@uark.edu

Serves as the administrative liaison between the Dean's Office and departments, programs, and research centers in the natural sciences. Implements the strategic plan of the college as it relates to the natural sciences. Mentors natural science faculty and helps them obtain research funding from both private and federal agencies. Collaborates with faculty to expand opportunities through forming interdisciplinary research teams. Oversees the distribution of college faculty travel funds. Coordinates college building and remodeling projects. Administers college space and facilities usage. Works closely with Museum personnel.   

Simon Chua

Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration

Phone: 479-575-3194
Email: schua@uark.edu

Serves as the chief financial officer for the college and principal fiscal advisor to the dean. Directs and coordinates financial planning and resource allocation for the college’s operating budget. Maintains a sound financial environment and promotes good business practices. Collaborates with all department heads and program directors on financial matters. Works closely with the dean and associate deans to develop and coordinate the college’s annual academic and operating budget planning process. Forecasts and predicts resource requirements for new and existing programs and develops funding strategies. Serves as college liaison with Financial Affairs, Payroll, and Business Affairs.

Vacant

Director of Fiscal Operations

Oversees the finances of Fulbright College and its academic departments, including all aspects of accounting, budget, and financial analysis. Serves as financial expert and, in collaboration with senior leadership, provides strategic direction, ensures operational efficiency, and implements sound financial practices and initiatives on behalf of the college. Works closely with academic department administrators who process and record financial transactions to guarantee timely and accurate financial information, to monitor accounts and resolve problems, to ensure compliance, and to safeguard resources thereby reducing risk. Enters the college budget.

Vacant

Director of Academic and Administrative Operations

Serves as the primary departmental support contact. Administers academic budgets and workloads especially summer teaching, Global Campus, and intersessions as well as extra compensation. Does budget transfers for interdisciplinary programs and research centers.  Provides account maintenance for Fulbright interdisciplinary programs, reporting on program finances to directors and deans. Oversees college research and Foundation accounting. Serves as college liaison with RSSP and Research Accounting. Assists with college accounting and personnel/payroll transactions, including managing college-funded summer pay and awards.

Heidi Johnston

Research Accountant

Phone: 479-575-3709
Email: hajohnst@uark.edu

Assists with college and departmental research accounting, including ABI support and cost shares. Provides Foundation reporting for departments and Endowed Chair and Professorship holders. Administers summer salary savings and faculty award accounts. Provides other general accounting research, reporting, and support.

Alishia Ferguson

Assistant Dean for Academic Integrity

Phone: 479- 575-6417
Email: ajfergus@uark.edu

Responsible for conducting an initial review of allegations of academic dishonesty at the college level to determine whether there is sufficient evidence of a violation for the matter to be considered by the All-University Academic Integrity Board.

Donna Draper

Assistant to the Dean for Instructional Programs

Phone: 479-575-3701
Email: ddraper@uark.edu

Coordinates the Academic Programs Faculty Committee, which receives and reviews all course and curriculum revisions for the college. Executes various research and policy projects and reports. Oversees the compilation and entry of the college's schedule of classes. Manages the Undergraduate Catalog revision process. Provides college student and course query data to department faculty and staff. Administers the Cooperative Education program for the college.

Dawn Fisher

Assistant to the Dean for Administration

Phone: 479-575-4804
Email: dfisher@uark.edu

Serves as the dean’s liaison to all internal and external entities. Supports the dean in scheduling and other administrative tasks. Keeps the calendar for Giffels Auditorium and schedules meetings for conference room 523 in Old Main. Coordinates special events for Fulbright College and for the associate deans.

Sharon McFarland

Senior Assistant to the Dean for Administration

Phone: 479-575-3711
Email: smcfarla@uark.edu

Oversees the promotion and tenure procedures for Fulbright College. Coordinates the faculty awards processes. Compiles, prepares and collects various college and department reports. Maintains college working schedule as well as faculty and department files. Serves as a resource for staff and faculty.

Debbie Power

Administrative Specialist II

479-575-3684
Email: dlpower@uark.edu

Acts as first person contact in Dean’s Office. Maintains calendar for Associate Dean for Research. Manages leave and hourly payroll for ARSC personnel. Reviews, revises, and distributes foundation requests. Provides clerical assistance for associate deans and assistant to the dean. Performs data entry and tracking. Obtains signatures for various forms.

Dana Harris

Program Coordinator

Phone: 479-575-3262
Email: dharris@uark.edu

Manages hourly and unit pay for staff and student workers throughout the college. Serves as central contact for college travel and purchasing. Supports interdisciplinary programs with payroll, purchasing, travel, and course offering entries. Provides interdisciplinary program Blackboard and classroom scheduling support. Assists with program funding and account reconciliation. Works closely with the associate deans to facilitate ADHE program reviews.

Elecia C. Smith

Human Resources and Diversity Manager

Phone: 479-575-3312
Email: ECS002@uark.edu

Liaison for Fulbright College with the UA Human Resources Office and the Office for Equal Opportunity and Compliance, with a focus on recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce.  Provides management, interpretation, and advice on human resources policies and procedures in alignment with the College and University. Creates, updates, and communicates College policies and procedures in areas of recruiting, selection, and orientation. Conducts trainings for Department Chairs, Search Committee Chairs, and staff to implement advertising plans for vacancies with attention to enhancing college diversity and inclusion. 


Academic Services Office

Lisa Summerford

Assistant Dean for Academic Services

Phone: 479-575-4801
Email: lsummerf@uark.edu

Coordinates the operations in the Academic Services Office in the preparation of official student documents to assist in the advising and graduation process as well as responding to student and faculty requests. Reviews and makes recommendations on all financial aid petitions and academic standards petitions. Works with students on academic grievances within the College. Responds to registration issues. Assists CEA students seeking accommodations in curriculum. Monitors collection of early progress and final grade rosters. Processes academic information from registrar's office to all College departments. Monitors security clearances for the ISIS system for the College. Coordinates teacher/course evaluation process each semester. Coordinates College commencement.

Ginger Daily

Coordinator of Academic Services

Phone: 479-575-4801
Email: vrdaily@uark.edu

Supervises and participates in the production of official advising audits for Fulbright College students who have completed more than 85 hours for degree completion. Maintains curriculum updates to ensure students are correctly incorporated into academic advising reports for all degree programs within the college. Supervises and participates in verification of final degree completion for Fulbright College graduation applicants. Assists students and advisers with questions regarding options for degree completion.

Tamara Norton

Administrative Specialist III

Phone: 479-575-4801
Email: tlnorton@uark.edu

Assists with graduation certifications for students. Consults with and guides students and their advisers regarding completion of degree requirements.

Kathy Matthews

Administrative Specialist II

Phone: 479-575-3698
Email: kathym@uark.edu

Maintains room scheduling for activities outside of regular classroom use. Oversees and maintains the scanning process for student records. Supports the degree certification specialist. Assists with answering phones and greeting visitors to Dean’s office.

May Lassen

Administrative Specialist II

Phone: 575-4801
Email: mlassen@uark.edu

Greets all visitors to Dean’s office. Answers phone and directs inquiries to proper office. Updates student programs in ISIS and supports the degree certification specialist.

Amy Bond

Administrative Specialist II

Phone: 575-4801
Email: amb024@uark.edu

Greets all visitors to Dean’s office. Answers phone and directs inquiries to proper office. Updates student programs in ISIS and supports the degree certification specialist.


Office of Development & External Relations

Phone: 479-575-3712
E-mail: fulbright@uark.edu
Website: http://fulbright.uark.edu/makeagift.php

Ashlie Hilbun

Director, Development & External Relations

Phone: 479-575-3712
Email: ahilbun@uark.edu

Responsible for strategic and long-term planning and implementation of the Fulbright College development program. Oversees management of college and regional committees and major, planned, corporate, and foundation gifts over $10,000. Serves as development liaison to the 19 science, arts, and humanities departments, as well as 23 research centers and academic programs, the Dean's Office and University Advancement. Supervises development staff.

Blake Rickman

Associate Director of Development

Phone: 479-575-3712
Email: brickman@uark.edu

Oversees development office operations, manages a portfolio of fund-raising prospects and charitable foundations. Assists with prospect research, donor relations, and special events.

Charles Gaines

Assistant Director of Development

Phone: 479-575-3712
Email: charlesg@uark.edu

Oversees development office operations, manages a portfolio of fund-raising prospects and charitable foundations. Assists with prospect research, donor relations, and special events.

Betsy Bushmiaer

Development Manager

Phone: 479-575-3712
Email: betsyb@uark.edu

Manages the Fulbright College development office. Oversees communications with benefactors, including weekly thank you letters. Schedules development-related travel. Assists with special event planning.

Darinda Sharp

Director of Communications

Phone: 479-575-3712
Email: dsharp@uark.edu

Provides direction for the college’s strategic communication and branding efforts. Coordinates message development and dissemination. Works with University Relations and Fulbright College webmaster to publicize college news to media and the general public. Produces a variety of publications including the quarterly to e-newsletter, department brochures and student recruitment pieces.

Ali Williams

Director of Creative Services

Phone: 479-575-8402
Email: art05@uark.edu

Leads the effort throughout Fulbright College to design, develop, implement, support, and manage web-delivered content. Works with communications director to develop strategic communication plans for the Fulbright home site to reach key audiences, such as alumni, prospective/current students, and faculty and staff. Assists in updating content and develops new content areas as needed.

Carl Riley

Associate Director of Scholarships

Phone: 479-575-5219
Email: criley@uark.edu

Administers student support funds with and on behalf of departments and programs. Manages student support funds on behalf of the dean and the college. Assists with team events, planning, and projects associated with the college’s office of development and external relations.

Erica Estes

Director of Employer Relations

Phone: 479-575-3712
Email: ericae@uark.edu

Serves as the liaison between the office of Career Development and the Fulbright College. Connects Fulbright students and graduates to employers who are seeking students with majors in Liberal Arts and Sciences. Partners with various university departments and employers to ensure that companies are visiting campus to recruit students and that students are taking advantage of these opportunities. Coordinates events for major specific employment efforts. Assists students in understanding the employment options available to them with certain degrees.


Advising Center

Phone: 479-575-3307
E-mail: fcac@uark.edu
Website: http://fcac.uark.edu

Shane Barker

Interim Director of Advising Center

Phone: 479-575-3307
Email: sbx028@uark.edu

Leads the Fulbright College Advising Center, its advisors, and initiatives, to support Fulbright students. Assists the dean and associate dean to implement advising goals and processes as they relate to undergraduate retention. Works closely with academic advisors to ensure quality advising and improve graduation rates by helping students create achievable academic plans. Coordinates the college’s portion of New Student Orientation and recruiting events both on and off campus.

Works with students to facilitate decisions regarding course selection, academic major, career options, and adjustment to university life. Assists students having academic difficulties. Provides counseling on time management, study habits, commitment to college, and managing work and school.

Teresa Scott

Associate Director, Transfer Student Advisement

Phone: 479-575-3307
Email: teresas@uark.edu

Serves as the primary contact for students transferring to Fulbright College. Works with students to facilitate decisions regarding course selection, academic major, career options, and adjustment to university life. Assists students having academic difficulties. Provides counseling on time management, study habits, commitment to college, and managing work and school.

Shane Barker

Associate Director, Preprofessional Advisement

Phone: 479-575-3307
Email: sxb028@uark.edu

Serves as the primary contact for Fulbright College students interested in pursuing pre-professional studies. Works with students to facilitate decisions regarding course selection, academic major, career options, and adjustment to university life. Assists students having academic difficulties. Provides counseling on time management, study habits, commitment to college, and managing work and school.

Lauren Villareal

Admissions Liaison

Phone: 479-575-3307
Email: lvillare@uark.edu

Lauren splits her duties between academic advising and serving as the recruiter and admissions counselor for the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.

Ana Ayala

Admissions & Academic Advisor

Phone: 479-575-3307
Email: aiayala@uark.edu

Serves as the primary recruiter for Fulbright College. Co-leader of the Student Ambassador program. Works with students to facilitate decisions regarding course selection, academic major, career options, and adjustment to university life. Assists students having academic difficulties. Provides counseling on time management, study habits, commitment to college, and managing work and school.

Ryan Chase Cochran

Academic Advisor

Phone: 479-575-3307
Email: rcc003@uark.edu

Works with students to facilitate decisions regarding course selection, academic major, career options, and adjustment to university life. Assists students having academic difficulties. Provides counseling on time management, study habits, commitment to college, and managing work and school.

Pierre Poquett

Academic Advisor

Phone: 479-575-3307
Email: ppoquett@uark.edu

Works with students to facilitate decisions regarding course selection, academic major, career options, and adjustment to university life. Assists students having academic difficulties. Provides counseling on time management, study habits, commitment to college, and managing work and school.

Sarah Simers

Academic Advisor

Phone: 479-575-3307
Email: ssimers@uark.edu

Works with students to facilitate decisions regarding course selection, academic major, career options, and adjustment to university life. Assists students having academic difficulties. Provides counseling on time management, study habits, commitment to college, and managing work and school.

Donna Smith

Academic Advisor

Phone: 479-575-3307
Email: donnas@uark.edu

Works with students to facilitate decisions regarding course selection, academic major, career options, and adjustment to university life. Assists students having academic difficulties. Provides counseling on time management, study habits, commitment to college, and managing work and school.

Nicole Green

Graduate Assistant

Phone: 479-575-3307
Email: nrgreen@uark.edu

Works with students to facilitate decisions regarding course selection, academic major, career options, and adjustment to university life. Assists students having academic difficulties. Provides counseling on time management, study habits, commitment to college, and managing work and school.

Laura Stacy

Administrative Specialist III

Phone: 479-575-3307
Email: lstacy@uark.edu

Provides clerical and administrative support for staff of the Advising Center. Maintains calendar and scheduling of advising appointments. Monitors Advising Center budget. Supervises activities of work study students.

Meagon Clarkson-Guyll

Administrative Specialist

Phone: 479-575-3307
Email: mclarkso@uark.edu

Provides communication and administrative support to the Advising Center. Maintains schedules for all advisors.


Fulbright IT Services

Teresa Waddell

Director of Technology

Phone: 479-575-7512
Email: arscsup@uark.edu

Assists faculty and staff with computer problems and provides consulting on purchases. Helps maintain the College computer labs.

Chris Clanton

Smart Classroom Coordinator

Phone: 479-575-7512
Email: smartrm@uark.edu

Designs, builds, and provides support and training for technology classrooms within Fulbright College.

Roy Swaty

Technology Support Specialist

Phone: 479-575-6066
Email: cswaty@uark.edu or smartrm@uark.edu

Provides technical support for college faculty and staff.

Sean O’Bryan

Computer Support Professional

479-575-7512
Email: arscsup@uark.edu

Provides lead technical support Fulbright faculty and staff, technology enhanced classrooms, and computer labs within the college. Oversees computer replacement process within Fulbright College.

Margie Hoskins

Technical Assistant II

Phone: 479-575-7512
Email: arscsup@uark.edu

Provides technical computer support for Fulbright College faculty and staff.

Devin Haughey

Technical Assistant I

Phone: 479-575-7512
Email: arscsup@uark.edu

Provides technical support to Fulbright College faculty and staff, technology enhanced classrooms, and computer labs within the college.

Ariful Islam

Technical Assistant I

Phone: 479-575-7512
Email: arscsup@uark.edu

Provides technical support to Fulbright College faculty and staff, technology enhanced classrooms, and computer labs within the college.

Will Simmons

Technical Assistant I

Phone: 479-575-7512
Email: arscsup@uark.edu

Provides technical support to Fulbright College faculty and staff, technology enhanced classrooms, and computer labs within the college.

Page Townsley

Technical Assistant I

Phone: 479-575-7512
Email: arscsup@uark.edu

Provides technical support to Fulbright College faculty and staff, technology enhanced classrooms, and computer labs within the college.

Josh Watson

Technical Assistant I

Phone: 479-575-7512
Email: arscsup@uark.edu

Provides technical support to Fulbright College faculty and staff, technology enhanced classrooms, and computer labs within the college.

 


Fulbright Honors Program

Sidney Burris

Director, Fulbright College Honors Program & Professor of English

Phone: 479-575-2509
Email: sburris@uark.edu

Represents the Fulbright College Honors Program in all matters regarding curriculum development and maintenance, enrollment management, recruitment, and retention. Chairs the Fulbright College Honors Council and oversees its annual duties; also serves as the liaison with the Fulbright College faculty and the University's Honors College. Chairs the two committees that award the Sturgis Fellowships and the Sturgis Study Abroad Scholarships. Formulates, develops, and maintains the Program's social media presence.

Jill Geisler Wheeler

Assistant Director of Honors Studies

Phone: 575-2509
Email: jwheeler@uark.edu

The full time professional adviser for the Fulbright Honors Program. Sees all first year College Scholars for advising and the remaining 1100 students for degree checks, study abroad and career and major planning. Meets with prospective students and their families both during the year and at new student orientation. Organizes and trains faculty and staff for Honors Orientation and works with current students to highlight their achievements and awards through the honors blog and our Twitter and Facebook accounts.

BJ Northington

Administrative Specialist III

Phone: 575-2509
Email: bjnorthi@uark.edu

Serves as the first point of contact for Fulbright Honors Program. Answers calls, schedules student advising appointments and greets all students entering the office. Also tasked with maintaining office equipment, updating the programs website, and keeping us up to date on Twitter, and Facebook.

Mary Ellen Hartford

Administrative Specialist III

Phone: 575-3223
Email: mhartfo@uark.edu

Second point of contact for the office. Maintains all budgetary records including office budgets, payments, Sturgis Fellowships, and Sturgis Study Abroad. Organizes the filing system, supervises the work-study student, and oversees the details of the Fulbright College Honors Program Commencement.

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