Administration & Support

Todd Shields

Todd Shields

Dean

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

The dean represents the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and 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; and advocates for the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

 

Steve Beaupre

Steve Beaupre

Associate Dean of Social Sciences

Phone: 479-575-7561
Email: sbeaupre@uark.edu

The associate dean of social sciences 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; and works closely with the Fulbright College Advising Center.

Kathryn Sloan

Kathryn Sloan

Associate Dean of Fine Arts & Humanities

Phone:  479-575-5887
Email:  ksloan@uark.edu

The associate dean of fine arts and humanities 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; and supervises the academic integrity process and works closely with the Advising Center. 

Jeannine Durdik

Jeannine Durdik

Associate Dean of Natural Sciences

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

The associate dean of fine natural sciences 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; and works closely with Museum personnel. 

Simon Chua

Simon Chua

Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration

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

The assistant dean for finance and administration serves as the chief finance and administration 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; and serves as college liaison with university financial and business affairs. This role will oversee all College’s administrative functions for fiscal and administrative operations, budget and planning, and information technology offices.

Alishia Ferguson

Alishia Ferguson

Assistant Dean for Academic Integrity

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

The Assistant Dean for Academic Integrity is 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.

Elecia Smith

Elecia C. Smith

Assistant Dean of Human Resources, Diversity, and Faculty Services

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

The Assistant Dean of Human Resources, Diversity, and Faculty Services is responsible for developing and executing human resource strategy in support of the strategic direction of the university and college, specifically in the areas of talent management, performance management, training and development, employee relations, diversity and inclusion, community relations, and change management. This position will have responsibility for and oversight of the human resources office, which manages the faculty and staff hiring processes, the faculty promotion, tenure, and evaluation process, faculty awards and recognition, selected special events, facilities scheduling, the college calendar and schedule, and general Dean’s Office administrative and operations support.

Amy Bell

Amy Bell

Senior Director of Fiscal Operations

Phone: 479-575-5423
Email: amybell@uark.edu

The Senior Director works closely with the Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration and other members of the executive team to review, evaluate, and improve the fiscal operations budgetary processes. Responsibilities of the position include financial planning, budgeting, forecasting, and analysis. The Senior Director prepares regular and ad hoc reports of budget versus actual expenses and provides reporting, tracking, and assessment of annual operating budget processes; identifies funding sources.  The Senior Director ensures that all financial transactions are processed accurately and promptly. The areas of responsibility of the Senior Director include fiscal operations, academic administrative and interdisciplinary program support, grant and foundation accounting, and business operations.

Carrie Jackson

Carrie Jackson

Director of Academic and Administrative Operations

Phone: 479-575-4864
Email: carriej@uark.edu

The director of academic and administrative operations oversees the daily operations of multiple administrative functions within an academic or business unit. The position administers academic budgets and workloads in 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;  generates reports on program finances for directors and deans; oversees College research and Foundation accounting; serves as College liaison with Business Affairs, RSSP and Research Accounting; oversees procurement and travel processes; assists with College accounting and personnel/payroll transactions, including managing College-funded summer pay and awards.

Phyllis Wingate

Phyllis Wingate

Director of Budget and Planning

Phone: 479-575-2195
Email: pwingate@uark.edu

The Director of Budget and Planning supports and advises the Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration in the oversight and management of the funding sources for staff and faculty hires.  The Director will be responsible for leading strategic payroll and capital budgeting initiatives at Fulbright College by developing, implementing and monitoring the College's payroll and capital budgets. The Director works with the Department Chairs and Administrators in the development of payroll budget and ensures all positions are funded positions before the hiring process can take place.  The Director manages the annual payroll budget cycle process and coordinates all required Basis entries.  

Kim Gillow

Kim Gillow

Assistant Director of Administrative Operations

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

The assistant director of administrative operations collaborates with Principal Investigators and Department Administrators on the various aspects of sponsored research development and execution, including contracts, procurement, budgeting, and program management and will inform, educate, and guide them on protocol and policies. This position prepares foundation reporting for departments and Endowed Chair and Professorship holders and audits summer salary savings from grants.  

Donna Draper

Donna Draper

Assistant Director of Faculty Services

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

The assistant to the dean for administration 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 and serves as a resource for staff and faculty.

Addy Chipouras

Addy Chipouras

Assistant Director of Human Resources

Phone: 479-575-6729
Email: addyc@uark.edu

The Assistant Director of Human Resources manages the recruitment process for the college in accordance with all applicable University and State of Arkansas guidelines and procedures. This position serves as the subject matter expert on university human resources policies, and works with department hiring managers to use recruitment best practices for maximum effectiveness.

Donna Draper

Ryan Cochran

Assistant Director of Academic Services

Phone: 479-575-3701
Email: rcc003@uark.edu

The Assistant Director of Academic Services 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; and administers the Cooperative Education program for the college.

Dawn Fisher

Dawn Fisher

Assistant to the Dean for Administration

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

The assistant to the dean for administration serves as the dean’s liaison to all internal and external entities, and supports the dean in scheduling and other administrative tasks.

Debbie Power

Debbie Power

Administrative Specialist II

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

The administrative specialist II acts as first person contact in Dean’s Office; maintains the calendar for Associate Dean for Research, manages leave and hourly payroll for Fulbright College personnel; reviews, revises, and distributes foundation requests; provides clerical assistance for associate deans and assistant to the dean; performs data entry and tracking; and obtains signatures for various forms. This position keeps the calendar for Giffels Auditorium and schedules meetings for conference room 523 in Old Main. The administrative specialist II also coordinates special events for Fulbright College and for the associate deans.

Lana Aiken

Lana Aiken

Business and Program Coordinator

479-575-3262
Email: laiken@uark.edu

The program coordinator supports interdisciplinary programs with payroll, budgeting, reporting, purchasing, travel, and course offering entries. Provides interdisciplinary program Blackboard and classroom scheduling support. Assists with program funding and account reconciliation. Serves as central contact for procurement and travel.  Provides support and training to the department administrators in travel and procurement processes. Manages summer teaching and intersessions workloads and pay entries.  Works closely with the associate deans to facilitate ADHE program reviews.

Jonathan Jackson

Jonathan Jackson

Fiscal Specialist

Phone: 479-575-8462
Email: jtj002@uark.edu

The Fiscal Specialist handles distributions of funding commitments from Dean (maintenance, TELE, RIF, foundation, etc), faculty and student travel cost center management, start-up cost center set up and funding, processing necessary fund transfers and expense transfers for Dean’s offices, assist with departments’ cost center balances clean-up, Dean’s office asset surplus administration