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Which faculty member’s passion is Michael Jackson? Or Legos? Or Homemade Pho? What staffer was a college bicycle racer? Coaches the shooting sports team on the side? Is seriously working on tractor beams?

Irreverent, funny and always informative, our Get to Know series allows the personalities of the faculty and staff who make up the Red Wolves community shine.


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Brianna Larson

Get to Know Brianna Larson, a native of Fargo that is a show stopper at heart, and the faculty member you want at karaoke night.
Jon Carvell

Jon Carvell

When the skies darken or the sirens wail, A-State’s campus emergency coordinator Jon Carvell is your go-to staff member in case of zombie apocalypse. ...

Dr. Karen Rogers McDaniel

Dr. Karen Rogers McDaniel

Karen McDaniel wears many hats on campus including department chair, chair of the Sun Belt Faculty Athletics Representatives, co-chair of Beta Gamma Sigma...

Pradeep Mishra

Pradeep Mishra

While some may know Pradeep Mishra as a key member of the last university-owned printing press operation in the state, the India native is passionate about...

Adonis Thompson

Adonis Thompson

Truly a product of the program, Adonis Thompson is now “at home” as a key staff member of the campus housing. Let’s Get to Know the man behind that voice...

David Handwork

David Handwork

You may not know him, but we bet you’ve walked, driven or worked in a part of A-State he’s had a chance to guide construction or renovation. We’re waiting...

Khem K. Aryal

Khem K. Aryal

Without question, Khem Aryal presents us with one of the most global foursomes for coffee in our Get to Know series. Learn more about Khem’s inner writer...

Gabriel Horowitz

Gabriel Horowitz

New Yorker Gabriel Horowitz is nothing if not eclectic. Let’s Get to Know the guy who’ll be crushing The Ramones at karaoke wearing his Sabres team sweater...

Eric Scudamore

Eric Scudamore

Let’s get to know Eric Scudamore, who we imagine this weekend is shredding Craighead Forest’s mountain bike trails to Plowed by Sponge.

Nicole Covey

Nicole Covey

Aside from being passionate about developing educators for her home region, Nicole Covey just might be the new faculty member you want to pick for karaoke...

Tatsiana Chaiko

Tatsiana Chaiko

Tatsiana Chaiko joined the Department World Languages and Cultures in 2016 as an instructor of Spanish. Her passion for learning new languages has led ...

Roy Lee Aldridge Jr.

Roy Lee Aldridge Jr.

Dr. Roy Aldridge is one of the most beloved professors on campus. Roy has been working to help community members and veterans at A-State for 17 years. ...

Jeff Bailey

Jeff Bailey

Much more than the “head librarian,” Jeff Bailey leads the Dean B. Ellis staff that teaches Arkansas State students how to master the use of information...

Dr. Farhad Moeeni

Dr. Farhad Moeeni

Dr. Farhad Moeeni is Professor of Operations and Information Systems, and the Founder of Data Automation Laboratory at Arkansas State University. Dr. Moeeni...

John D. Hall

John D. Hall

When we say that John Hall is part of the Arkansas State family, it might be an understatement. From daughters pursuing degrees to his father’s role...

Mike McDaniel

Mike McDaniel

The current president of the Faculty Association, Jonesboro native Mike McDaniel has a passion for two things: fly fishing and finishing the faculty handbook...

JoAnna Cupp

JoAnna Cupp

Assistant professor JoAnna Cupp is a proud faculty member of the dietetics program at A-State. Her passion for food and nutrition shines through this edition...

Edward Salo

Edward Salo

History’s Ed Salo is a renaissance man who manages to tie together a passion for pro wrestling with his devotion to the study of the Greatest Generation...

Shelley Gipson

Shelley Gipson

Shelley Gipson is an associate professor of art. She has a wide range of experience with printmaking techniques and has exhibited in more than eighty group...

Amy Buzby

Amy Buzby

Amy Buzby is a professor of political science that brings us, once again, an extremely revealing Coffeehouse Four for this week’s Get to Know.

Tillman Kennon

Tillman Kennon

When folks say Always Rising about the Red Wolves, no one matches Tillman Kennon’s students in the Arkansas BalloonSAT team that are part of NASA’s national...

Dr. Shivan Haran

Dr. Shivan Haran

Let’s take a moment to meet the engineer and out-of-the-box thinker who decided to take robotics construction and programming to second graders at Valley...

Justin Castro

Justin Castro

These days, Justin Castro is rockin his research and lectures for the A-State history department.

Dr. Gregory Hansen

Dr. Gregory Hansen

Gregory Hansen’s love of all things that make up heritage comes through in this week’s “Get to Know.” And yes, to no one’s surprise, the faculty advisor...

Melissa Wilkinson

Melissa Wilkinson

A-State art associate professor Melissa Wilkinson is making her mark on Jonesboro, literally. Let's Get to Know the woman who's class is painting a mural...

Dr. Elizabeth Nix

Dr. Elizabeth Nix

Libby Nix is Miss A-State through and through. A legacy graduate whose own children currently attend, Libby’s family might be the most Red Wolf of all...

Dr. Mary Jane Bradley

Dr. Mary Jane Bradley

Mary Jane Bradley became the dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Science last month, and we caught up with her to get to know a bit more about...

Philip Jackson

Philip Jackson

Philip Jackson is a product of the university, he brings a special passion to his role in supporting our educational mission. And while accounting might...

Dr. Katie Hill

Dr. Katie Hill

Let's meet Dr. Katie Hill, the director of the newly opened R.M. “Bob” Wood Sales Leadership Center. The center provides a laboratory environment for students...

Jessica Curtis

Jessica Curtis

Let's meet Jessica Curtis, who chose A-State because she felt like it was a place where she could not only help students grow academically and personally...

Sheena Gammon

Sheena Gammon

Let’s meet Sheena Gammon, who knows that business touches everyone's lives and might have the most interesting party of four at the coffeehouse we’ve seen...

Jody Long

Jody Long

Let's meet Dr. Jody Long, assistant professor of social work, who came to Arkansas State after 18 years at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center...

Monika Myers

Monika Myers

This week we profile one of A-State’s online faculty members, Dr. Monika Myers in criminology and sociology. While she now calls Arizona home, she’s a...

Dr. Mark Foster

Dr. Mark Foster

Let’s get to know a new member of our outstanding nursing faculty, Dr. Mark Foster. Well... we’re pretty sure Mark filled out the form. Read on to...

Ronald W. Sitton

Ronald W. Sitton

Ronald Sitton is an Instructor in the College of Media and Communication with a passion for all things journalism.

LaToya Green

LaToya Green

Let’s meet LaToya Green, who you’ll soon find out, is all about T.E.A.C.H.I.N.G.

Dr. John Mello

Dr. John Mello

Dr. John Mello joined A-State in 2006 after spending nearly 30 years in the consumer packaged goods industry. He is the director of the Center for Supply...

Dr. Dixie K. Keyes

Dr. Dixie K. Keyes

Dr. Dixie Keyes joined the faculty at Arkansas State University as a Professor of Middle Level Education in 2006. Her research focuses on teacher knowledge...

Dr. Paul Mixon

Dr. Paul Mixon

Paul Mixon’s passions are his engineering students and mountaineering. He recently added one of the most remote peaks of the Colorado 14ers – San Luis...

Jake Qualls

Jake Qualls

Jake Qualls, an instructor of Computer Science, is working with the Governor’s Computer Science Initiative to bring quality computer science courses to...

Dr. Karen McDaniel

Dr. Karen McDaniel

Today we meet Karen McDaniel, who along with becoming A-State’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative, is a business professor researching when office ...

Kim Boyd Vickrey

Kim Boyd Vickrey

Professor Vickrey has been teaching at A-State for over 15 years. She is very involved with the American Advertising Federation and is the graphic design...

Dr. Lauren Schack Clark

Dr. Lauren Schack Clark

As A-State’s director of keyboard studies and music graduate studies, Dr. Lauren Schack Clark has a great passion for her music, her students and Arkansas...

Dr. Philip Tew

Dr. Philip Tew

Dr. Philip Tew is an assistant professor of finance in the College of Business and an adviser to our award-winning Phi Beta Lambda Chapter. Let's get to...

Ali Khalil

Ali Khalil

Ali Khalil is an instructor in developmental studies and a member of the First Year Experience team. Khalil is a graduate of A-State, and brings his understanding...

Dr. Hans J. Hacker

Dr. Hans J. Hacker

Dr. Hans J. Hacker serves as pre-law adviser to the department, college and university. He is the faculty co-sponsor of the Pre-Law Club, and co-director...

Dr. Jennifer Bouldin

Dr. Jennifer Bouldin

As the proud first female PhD recipient from A-State, Jennifer Bouldin is a product of both the program and the region. Let’s get to know this Paragould...

Dr. Ryan R. Kelly

Dr. Ryan R. Kelly

The next faculty profile is Dr. Ryan R. Kelly, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education. Find out why Ryan chose A-State and what he believes has the power...

Dr. Lacy Overley

Dr. Lacy Overley

The next faculty profile is Dr. Lacy Overley, Assistant Professor of Counseling. Find out why Lacy chose A-State and how her career has been influenced...

Dr. Paul Sikkel

Dr. Paul Sikkel

The research of Dr. Paul Sikkel, associate professor of Marine Ecology, has taken him all over the world, including Mexico, Hawaii, Australia, Panama and...

Gauri-Shankar Guha

Gauri-Shankar Guha

Along with one of the most diverse playlists we’ve received so far, Gauri-Shankar Guha is also the coach of Arkansas State’s national title winning shooting...

Dr. Claudia Benavides-Espinoza

Claudia Benavides-Espinoza

Dr. Claudia Benavides-Espinoza is an assistant professor of sports management. Let’s get to know Dr. Benavides-Espinoza.

Dr. Po-Lin Pan

Dr. Po-Lin Pan

Joining Arkansas State in August 2009, Dr. Po-Lin Pan is an associate professor of strategic communications. Let’s get to know Dr Pan.

J. Stephen Guffey

J. Stephen Guffey

Dr. Stephen Guffey joined A-State in 1996 to initiate the physical therapy program. Here’s a chance to get to know him . . . and you might notice – outside...

Cherisse Jones-Branch

Cherisse Jones-Branch

An associate professor of history, Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch joined A-State in 2003. Let’s get to know her.

Holly Hall

Holly Hall

Joining A-State wasn’t a choice for Holly Hall as much as fulfilling a legacy. Not only growing up in Jonesboro and attending Jonesboro High, her parents...

Dr. Gabriel Tait

Dr. Gabriel Tait

An assistant professor of multimedia journalism, Dr. Gabriel Tait joined A-State in the summer of 2013. Let’s get to know him.

Dr. Argelia Lorence

Dr. Argelia Lorence

Our next faculty interview is with Dr. Argelia Lorence, who was recently named one of five fellows of the Arkansas Research Alliance. Dr. Lorence is an...

Dr. Brandon Kemp

Dr. Brandon Kemp

Our next faculty interview is with Dr. Brandon Kemp, associate professor of electrical engineering, a Jonesboro native who returned to his alma mater after...

Kristi Costello

Kristi Costello

In a new series for 2015, we sat down with members of the faculty to learn a little more about them outside of the classroom. We begin with assistant ...