Administration

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction provides an array of services to the college including academic, communications, development, scholarships and research. Please use the links below to contact the chairperson or coordinator for the program listed.

Cheryl MurphyInterim Department Head -- Dr. Cheryl Murphy

Phone: (479)575-5111, Email: cmurphy@uark.edu

 

 

 

Sean ConnorsAssistant Department Head -- Dr. Sean Connors

Dr. Sean Connors is the Assistant Department Head of Curriculum and Instruction. He is responsible for supporting the work of graduate assistants, collaborating with faculty to recruit and retain students, and supporting programs efforts to collect data for accreditation. 

Phone: (479)575-2667, Email: sconnors@uark.edu

 

 

Jason EndacottCIED Ph.D and M.Ed Program Coordinator -- Dr. Jason Endacott

Dr. Jason Endacott is the Program Coordinator for the Ph.D. and M.Ed. programs in Curriculum and Instruction. He is responsible for student admissions, graduate assistant selection, course scheduling, program curriculum, and accreditation.

Phone: (479)575-2657, Email: jendacot@uark.edu

 

 

Heather KindallChildhood Education and Elementary Education Program Coordinator -- Dr. Heather Kindall

Dr. Kindall coordinates the Childhood and Elementary Education (CHED) programs. These programs prepare students for initial licensure in grades K-6. There are two paths to licensure: a four-year bachelor of science degree in elementary education and a five-year program resulting in a Master of Arts in Teaching in childhood education.

Phone: (479)575-2516, Email: hkindall@uark.edu

 

 

Ed Bengtson

Educational Leadership Program Coordinator -- Dr. Ed Bengtson 

Dr. Bengtson coordinates the Educational Leadership (EDLE) program. This program prepares students for licensure as a building level principal, a district level superintendent or an Arkansas curriculum/program administrator. EDLE area offers the M.Ed., Ed.S. and the Ed.D. degrees. For students already holding a master's degree, this program has certificates in supervision available for building level, district level or Arkansas curriculum/program level in curriculum or special education.

Phone: (479)575-5092, Email: egbengts@uark.edu

 

Rhett Hutchins

Educational Studies Program Coordinator -- Dr. Rhett Hutchins

Dr. Hutchins coordinates the Education Studies (EDST) degree program in Curriculum and Instruction. This program offers a Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies (B.S.E.), a customizable degree for all students within the College of Education and Health Professions. It focuses on the general theory and practice of learning and teaching. This degree, in itself, does not include licensure. Students completing this program will have the cognitive ability to apply teaching  strategies to a variety of employers such as private sector businesses, non-profit organizations,  community agencies and with additional training and licensure school settings. 

Phone: (479)575-5561, Email: rjhutchi@uark.edu

 

Derrick MearsEducational Technology and CIED Ed.S Program Coordinator -- Dr. Derrick Mears

Dr. Mears coordinates the Educational Technology (ETEC) program.  This program offers a Master of Education degree in educational technology, which prepares students for professional positions as educational/instructional technologists and instructional designers in education, business, government and the health professions. Dr. Mears is responsible for recruitment of students, advising, program reviews, admissions, and record maintenance.

Phone: (479)575-5439, Email: dmears@uark.edu

 

Freddie Bowles

Secondary Education Program Coordinator -- Dr. Freddie Bowles

Dr. Bowles coordinates the Secondary Education (SEED) program. The secondary education program does not offer a bachelor's degree; all students interested in teaching at the secondary level must first earn a bachelor's degree in a content area (e.g., math, science, English, foreign language) and then enter the secondary education M.A.T program. Wavering is responsible for recruitment of students, advising, program reviews, admissions, and record maintenance.

Phone: (479)575-3035, Email: fbowles@uark.edu

 

 

 

Peggy Whitby

Special Education Program Coordinator -- Dr. Peggy Schaefer-Whitby

Dr. Schaefer Whitby is the coordinator for the Special Education (SPED) program. The special education program offers a Master of Education degree in special education which can lead to Arkansas licensure in special education or in gifted education. Recently added are two Certificate Programs, one in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and the second in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Dr. Peggy Schaefer Whitby is responsible for recruitment of students, advising, program reviews, admissions, and record maintenance.

Phone: (479)575-3302, Email: pschaefe@uark.edu

Cheryl MurphyDr. Cheryl Murphy 

Phone: (479)575-5111

Email: cmurphy@uark.edu                                                 

Sean ConnorsDr. Sean Connors

Phone: 479)575-2667
Email: sconnors@uark.edu

Heather KindallDr. Heather Kindall coordinates the Childhood and Elementary Education (CHED) programs. These programs prepare students for initial licensure in grades K-6. There are two paths to licensure: a four-year bachelor of science degree in elementary education and a five-year program resulting in a Master of Arts in Teaching in childhood education.

Phone: 479-575-2516
Email: hkindall@uark.edu

Ed BengtsonDr. Ed Bengtson coordinates the Educational Leadership (EDLE) program. This program prepares students for licensure as a building level principal, a district level superintendent or an Arkansas curriculum/program administrator. EDLE area offers the M.Ed., Ed.S. and the Ed.D. degrees. For students already holding a master's degree, this program has certificates in supervision available for building level, district level or Arkansas curriculum/program level in curriculum or special education.

Phone: 479-575-5092
Email: egbengts@uark.edu

Rhett HutchinsDr. Rhett Hutchins coordinates the Education Studies (EDST) degree program in Curriculum and Instruction. This program offers a Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies (B.S.E.), a customizable degree for all students within the College of Education and Health Professions. It focuses on the general theory and practice of learning and teaching. This degree, in itself, does not include licensure. Students completing this program will have the cognitive ability to apply teaching  strategies to a variety of employers such as private sector businesses, non-profit organizations,  community agencies and with additional training and licensure school settings. 

Phone: 479-575-5561
Email: rjhutchi@uark.edu

Derrick MearsDr. Derrick Mears coordinates the Educational Technology (ETEC) program. This program offers a Master of Education degree in educational technology, which prepares students for professional positions as educational/instructional technologists and instructional designers in education, business, government and the health professions. Mears is responsible for recruitment of students, advising, program reviews, admissions, and record maintenance.

Phone: 479-575-5439
Email: dmears@uark.edu

Freddie BowlesDr. Freddie Bowles coordinates the Secondary Education (SEED) program. The secondary education program does not offer a bachelor's degree; all students interested in teaching at the secondary level must first earn a bachelor's degree in a content area (e.g., math, science, English, foreign language) and then enter the secondary education M.A.T program. Wavering is responsible for recruitment of students, advising, program reviews, admissions, and record maintenance.

Phone: 479-575-3035
Email: fbowles@uark.edu

Peggy Schaefer-WhitbyDr. Peggy Schaefer-Whitby is the coordinator for the Special Education (SPED) program. The special education program offers a Master of Education degree in special education which can lead to Arkansas licensure in special education or in gifted education. Recently added are two Certificate Programs, one in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and the second in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Dr. Peggy Schaefer Whitby is responsible for recruitment of students, advising, program reviews, admissions, and record maintenance.

Phone: 479-575-3570
Email: pschaefe@uark.edu