Departmental Leadership

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.


 Ed BengtsonInterim Department Head Dr. Ed Bengtson

 Dr. Ed Bengtson is the interim head of the Curriculum and Instruction   Department   (CIED). He is an Associate Professor of Educational   Leadership. Prior to becoming the   interim head of CIED, Dr. Bengtson   served as the program coordinator of the   educational leadership   program. Prior to coming to the University of Arkansas, he   served as a   public school teacher and administrator for 22 years. Dr. Bengtson’s   research interests include the succession of leadership in educational institutions and   data use in the k-12 educational arena. His doctorate in Educational Administration   and Policy was earned at the University of Georgia.



Sean P. Connors Assistant Department Head — Dr. Sean P. Connors

 Dr. Sean Connors is the assistant department head of the 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. He is an associate   professor of English Education. His interests teaching and research interests   include young adult literature, literary theory, multimodal literacies, English/language arts   methods.



Jason L. Endacott CIED Ph.D and M.Ed Program Coordinator — Dr. Jason L. Endacott

 Dr. Jason Endacott is the program coordinator for the M.Ed., Specialist   and   Ph.D. degree programs of the Curriculum and Instruction   Department. He   is responsible for student admissions, graduate   assistant selection, course scheduling, program curriculum, and     accreditation. He is an associate professor of Social Studies Education, and his research   focuses on historical empathy. He holds degrees from the University of Kansas and Kansas   State University.



Betsy Orr

  Career and Technical Education Program Coordinator--Dr. Betsy Orr

 Dr. Orr teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in business   education and career and technical education. She also serves as the   Program Coordinator for the Career and Technical Education program. Dr.   Orr serves on several committees at the college and university level. She is   past chair of the University Academic Advising Council and the former Associate Dean for   Academic Affairs.



Christine R. Ralston  Childhood Education and Elementary Education Program   Coordinator — Dr.  Christine Ralston

 Dr. Christine Ralston coordinates the Childhood and Elementary   Education programs. These programs prepare teacher candidates for initial   licensure in grades K-6. Two licensure paths are available: a four-year   bachelor of science degree in elementary education and a five-year master of   arts degree in elementary education. Both programs include a yearlong internship   experience. Dr. Ralston is a clinical assista   nt professor with interests in literacy,   assessment, action research, clinical practice, and accreditation. She also serves as the   university liaison for Jones Elementary School in Springdale, and as a site visitor for the   Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.



  Kevin P. BradyEducational Leadership Program Coordinator Dr. Kevin Brady  

  Dr. Kevin Brady coordinates the Educational Leadership program. This   program prepares   students for licensure as principals, superintendents or   other administrative positions.   EDLE offers master of education, doctor of   education and educational specialist degrees.   For holders of master's   degrees, it has coursework leading to certificates in supervision. 



Rhett J. Hutchins

 Educational Studies Program Coordinator — Dr. Rhett J. Hutchins

 Dr. Rhett Hutchins coordinates the Education Studies program. It offers a   bachelor of science in education, which 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. He is a professor of   Educational Studies. His interests include history of education, educational philosophy,   young adult literature, disciplinary literacy, and dialogues between scientific and religious   literacies.



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

 Dr. Derrick Mears coordinates the Educational Technology program,   which offers both a certificate program and an online master of   education  degree. The M.Ed. in educational technology prepares   students for professional positions as educational/instructional technologists and   instructional designers in education, business, government, and the health professions. Dr.   Mears, a clinical associate professor, is responsible for recruitment of students, advising,   program reviews, admissions, and record maintenance.



Christine Ralston

 Secondary Education Program Coordinator — Dr. Laura Kent

 Dr. Laura Kent coordinates the Secondary Education programs. The   Secondary Education Program offers at Bachelor of Arts in Teaching (B.A.T.)   with majors in five subject areas. The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in   Secondary Education prepares K-12 teachers in a wide variety of instruction   areas



Suzanne Kucharczyk

 Special Education Program Coordinator — Dr. Suzanne Kucharczyk

 Dr. Suzanne Kucharczyk coordinates the Inclusive Educational and Clinical   Programs. These programs include Special Education, Gifted Education,   and Teaching English to Students of Other Languages each of which are also   led by faculty in these disciplines. The Special Education program offers a   bachelor's and master's in special education with coursework leading to an   initial license   and endorsement; endorsements for educational examiners, resource room   instructors,   and dyslexia therapists; and graduate certificates in applied behavior analysis,   autism   spectrum disorder, and special education transition services. An assistant   professor, Dr.   Kucharczyk's research interests include the experiences of youth with   disabilities, their  families, and educators through the transition process from school-life to   adulthood and   supporting schools and families in the use of evidence-based practices for   children and   youth with disabilities that require significant supports.