Faculty and Staff

Rhett J. Hutchins

Rhett J. Hutchins

Program Coordinator & Clinical Assistant Professor of Educational Studies

College of Education and Health Professions

(CIED)-Curriculum & Instruction

Phone: 479-575-5561

Fax: (479) 575-6671

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As an undergraduate at Clemson University, I studied biological sciences, specifically plant biology & taxonomy and environmental science.  Post-graduation, I interned at with an environmental planning agency before returning to earn a teaching license in South Carolina for secondary science and social studies instruction.  While teaching high school and middle, I returned to Clemson University to work on masters' in education in natural sciences where I specifically studied ecology focused on limnology, island ecology, and spiders. Upon completing my master's, I moved to the Univeristy of Georgia for graduate school with the language and literacy education department where I researched interactions and dialgoues between sceince liteary and religious literacy.  I primarily taught the teacher preparation courses for content area literacies and worked with the departmental reading clinic.  During my last year of graduate school, I taught general biology and marine biology labs, recalling my passion for science instruction.  

I am currently the program coordinator for educational studies at the University of Arkansas were I oversee program administration, advising, teaching undergraduates, and advising undergraduate and masters' students.  Educational studies is an education major focused program program that stresses the role of education in a functional society as the unifying force between traditional social institutions.  During my time as program coordinator, I have overseen a major program restructing to establish the educational studies curriculum as the premier education, non-teacher training, program in the state.  

I currently serve on the Univeristy ROTC Program Committee, College of Education & Health Professions College Council, COEHP Curriculum & Programs Committee, and as Technology Director for the Clinic for Literacy.  On weeknights, I provided academic support at the Jerry & Gene Jones Center for Student-Atheletes and serving as mentor to freshman and transfer Razorback baseball players.

In my free time I can be found enjoying baseball games at Baum Stadium or at one of Fayetteville's local coffee shops reading or editiing photos.

  • Religious Education
  • History of Educational Practices
  • Disciplinary Literacy
  • Science Education
  • Dialogues between Scientific & Religious Literacies
  • Pop Culture Influences in Education
  • History of Education
  • Educational Philosophy
  • Young Adult Literature
  • Religious Education

EDST 3113 - Legal & Historical Developments in Education (formerly Intro to Educational Studies) [teach/designed]

EDST 3223 - American Educational History [teach/designed]

EDST 3333 - Children's & Young Adults Literature in Educational Settings [teach/designed]

EDST 399V - Special Topics - America Reads [teach/designed]

EDST 399V - Special Topics - Education through Space and Time: A Study in Doctor Who and Education [teach/designed]

EDST 4003/H - Philosophy and Inquiry in Education [teach/designed]

EDST 4213 - Religion, Education, & Religious Education [teach/designed]

EDST 3023 - Internship in Education [supervision]

CIED 498VH - Honors Thesis/Project in Curriculum and Instruction

  • Ph.D., University of Georgia, Language & Literacy Education, 2014
  • M.Ed., Clemson University, Natural Science Education, 2009
  • B.S., Clemson University, Science Teaching, 2005
  • B.S., Clemson University, Biological Sciences, 2003


  • Alvermann, D., Hutchins, R., & DeBlasio, R. (2012). Adolescents’ engagement with Web 2.0 and social media: Research, theory, and practice.  Research in the Schools, 19(1), 33-44.
  • Hutchins, R. (2012). Forms of capital, modern communication, & Gossip Girls: The potential for engaging reluctant reading students through popular culture. READ: Reading,Exploration, and Discovery, 31(1), 41-46.


  • Hutchins, R. (2017, October). Using Literature to Bridge Misunderstandings Between Science and Religion in the Secondary Classroom. Annual meeting for the International STEM Education Association, Branson, MO.

  • Hutchins, R. & Wise, J. (2017, October). Educational Studies: Not All Education Undergraduate Programs Should Focus on Producing Classroom Teachers. Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators, Rogers, AR, October.

  • Hutchins, R. & Lorah, E. (2016, September). Educational Studies: The Need for Non-Licensure Education Programs.  Annual meeting of the Arkansas Association of Teacher Educators, Russellville, AR.

  • Hutchins, R. (2016, July). Save Our Schools: On the March to Save and transform Public Schools. Hosted by the Save Our Schools Coalition, Washington, DC.

  • Hutchins, R. (2014, September). Educational Studies: Internship Opportunities for Your Educational or Non-Profit Agency. Annual meeting of the Arkansas Environmental Educators, Huntsville, AR.

  • Hutchins, R., & Alvermann, D. (2011, November). A Move from Digital Literacies to “Turn-Around” Pedagogies. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Literacy Education and Researchers in Richmond, VA.

  • Hutchins, R. (2011, November). Making Authentic LGBTQ Characters Available in Youth &Adolescent Literature. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers in Richmond, VA.

University of Arkansas - Program Coordinator and Clinical Assistant Professor, Educational Studies, 2014-current.

University of Georgia - Laboratory Instructor, Marine & Aquatic Research Science, 2014.
Athens Academy - Academic Support, 2009-2014
University of Georgia - Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Reading Clinic Assistant and Instructor, 2009-2013
Greenwood High School & Northside Middle School - Science teacher, 2008-2009
Pickens High School - Science teacher, soccer coach, 2006-2008
Stratford High School - Science teacher, 2005-2006

2015-16 - Outstanding Advising Award, Department of Curriculum of Instruction

              Nominated, Outstanding Advising Award, College of Education and Health Professions

              Nominated, Outstanding Advising Award, University of Arkansas