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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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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 as a key administrator for former President Carl Reng, John is one of the hallowed Halls of A-State.
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...

Kasie Lee

Kasie Lee

Time to meet Kasie Lee, who firmly believes It’s a Small World After All, especially if it involves Mario and Yoshi.

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...

Stefanie Snider

Stefanie Snider

Let’s meet a genuine New Yorker, Stefanie Snider of the A-State Art Department, who knows the keys to life are the importance of art, and, we suspect, ...

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 learn...

Ashley Zehel

Ashley Zehel

This week, let’s get to know Ashley Zehel, who without a doubt, has one of the most interesting and diverse “four people to coffee” of the year. And then...

Teresa Fisher

Teresa Fisher

Teresa Fisher is an Assistant Professor of Nursing who has a special perspective on the role that nurses play in today's society.

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.

Adam Smith

Adam Smith

Let’s meet new faculty member Adam Smith, and yes, with that name, he was fated to a career teaching international business.

Dong "Michelle" Li

Dong "Michelle" Li

Michelle Li is in her first semester as Assistant Professor of Supply Chain/Operations Management in the College of Business. Let's get to know her.

Dennis King

Dennis King

As an Indian, Dennis King was a hard-working football player and champion. In his career, he’s seen almost every possible disaster. Returning home to...

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...

Todd Fuist

Todd Fuist

Let’s meet Toddworth Fuist (more on that later): a sociologist, prototypical Cubs fan and a man who is very specific about his pet peeves.

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...

Molly Simpson

Molly Simpson

Professor of Theatre at A-State, Molly Simpson, has been involved in professional theatre, television commercials and directed numerous stage productions...

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...

Julie Isaacson

Julie Isaacson

Julie Isaacson is completing her service as the chair of the Faculty Senate and president of the Faculty Association. Let’s get to know the nursing professor...

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.

Matthew J. DeGarmo

Matthew J. DeGarmo

Joining Arkansas State in the Fall of 2013, Dr. Matthew DeGarmo is an assistant professor of criminology. Let’s get to know Dr. DeGarmo.

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.

Dr. Peter Larbi

Dr. Peter Larbi

Joining Arkansas State in August 2014, Dr. Peter Larbi is an assistant professor of agricultural systems technology. Let’s get to know Peter.

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.

Gill Strait

Gill Strait

An assistant professor of counseling and psychology, Gill joined Arkansas 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 ...