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+ Campus alert: A-State Closed Jan. 16

A-State Closed on Jan. 16 due to winter precipitation.

Arkansas State University is closed today, Tuesday, Jan. 16, due to winter precipitation. All winter response staff members are requested to report to their duty stations.

Overnight, snow fall made conditions for students, faculty and staff hazardous.

"Our administrative team determined the snowfall was going to be heavier than forecast and while today was scheduled to be the first day of class for the spring 2018 semester, I've decided it is best that we cancel classes for today," Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said.

All classes at the Jonesboro and Paragould locations are cancelled. Online classes continue.

While offices and classes are closed, university residential life areas continue to operate to support the on-campus student population.

Important Updates

  • The American Spiritual Ensemble will perform at Fowler Center's Riceland Hall tonight at 7:30pm.
  • For students living on-campus, Acansa Dining Hall will operate under "brunch hours" with service from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and then 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • ETS testing candidates that were scheduled for today should contact the Testing Center in the Reng Student Union at 972-2038 when A-State reopens and they will assist with rescheduling.
  • The Red WOLF Center will open today on winter weather hours of noon until 5 p.m.
  • Dean B. Ellis Library is closed all day today.

For updates on A-State events, please check the university’s official website AState.edu or social media feeds, Facebook.com/ArkansasState or @ArkansasState on Twitter.

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Professor of Middle Level Education

Director of Arkansas Delta Writing Project


  • B.S.E., English Education, University of Central Arkansas
  • M.Ed., Reading, University of Texas, Pan-American
  • Ed.D., Curriculum & Instruction, University of Houston

Professional Credentials

  • Certified to teach English/Language Arts grades 6-12 (lifetime-Texas)
  • ESL 6-12 (lifetime-Texas)
  • Reading Specialist K-12 (renewed every five years-Texas)

Teaching Specialties

  • Instructional Models and Learning Theory
  • Adolescent Literacy
  • Practicum/Field Experiences in Teaching

Research Interests

  • Narrative Research of Teacher Knowledge
  • Narrative Research involving Adolescent Literacy


  • American Educational Research Association (Narrative Research SIG), National Council Teachers English
  • Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE (Arkansas State Representative)
  • Arkansas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts (board member)
  • National Writing Project (site director)


Biography: Dixie Keyes received her Ed.D. from the University of Houston in 2006 and joined the faculty at Arkansas State University as a Professor of Middle Level Education. From 2000 - 2005 she taught high school literature and language arts in deep South Texas and assisted at-risk students in accelerating their reading and writing proficiency. Before that, Dr. Keyes taught middle school language arts also in South Texas, working with second language learners while she worked on her master's in Reading.

Dr. Keyes has provided professional development sessions to public school teachers (profit-free) throughout South Texas in reading and writing instruction, reflective practice and models of teaching. She is an Arkansas state ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE) representative and is currently involved in conducting narrative research regarding teacher curriculum-making with critical literacy for middle level learners. Her research focuses on teacher knowledge, the narratives involved in their curriculum-making, all embedded in issues of adolescent literacy and critical pedagogy. She is also the Director of the Arkansas Delta Writing Project at ASU.

Dixie Keyes

Contact Information

P: 870-680-8065
F: (870) 972-3344


Building: Education
Room: 369