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A-State Remains Closed Through Fri. March 6

Arkansas State University will remain closed through Friday, March 6 due to heavy snowfall and hazardous road conditions. This includes the main campus at Jonesboro and the Paragould center.

For the convenience of students, faculty/staff and the community:
  • The Acansa Dining Hall will operate under inclement weather hours, 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Thursday and 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Friday.
  • The Red Wolf Center will be open from noon - 5 pm during the closure.
  • The Dean B. Ellis Library will be closed on Thursday and will evaluate campus conditions on Friday morning.
  • GradStock has been rescheduled to March 9, from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at Cooper Alumni Center.
  • The Testing Center will be closed.
  • Wednesday's performance of "12 Angry Men" has been cancelled. Contact the Box Office for refund information.
  • NEA Science Fair has been postponed to March 16 at Hames Room, Convocation Center.
  • Communications Day (March 7) has been cancelled.
  • The SunBelt basketball match-ups with South Alabama will be played as scheduled.
  • This weekend's baseball matchup with UTA has been moved to Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson, MS. First game is Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m. and a doubleheader on Sunday, March 8 at 1 p.m.
  • The Honors Reception event scheduled for Saturday, March 7 has been cancelled.

The university reminds students to monitor their official Arkansas State student email account for information regarding classes, as explained in an announcement from Provost Lynita Cooksey.

For further updates, watch the A-State website at AState.edu and official social media: Facebook.com/ArkansasState and on Twitter @ArkansasState.

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University Communications
(870) 972-3820

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University Police
(870) 972-2093

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Professor of Teacher Education


  • Education Ed.D. Peabody College, Vanderbilt University
  • MSE Arkansas State University
  • BSE Arkansas State University

Professional Credentials

  • Public School teaching- 5 years
  • University supervisor- 25 years

Teaching Specialties

  • Early Childhood Education, undergraduate and graduate
    Effective Teaching Strategies course
  • Field III supervision
  • Internship supervision

Research Interests

  • Teacher Education
  • Classroom interactions
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Parent/Family Involvement


  • Arkansas Early Childhood Association
  • Southern Early Childhood Association
  • Association of Teacher Educators
  • Association for Childhood Education International


As a child, I knew that I wanted to become a teacher. I grew up with a mother who taught high school Home Economics and who served as my teacher/mentor. After completing BSE and MSE degrees at ASU, I became a classroom teacher of young children. Those were some of the best days that I could ever imagine! At the end of five years, I made a conscious decision to go to graduate school to further my education. Working on a doctoral degree was not something that I had originally planned, but was a wonderful avenue for meeting new colleagues, increasing my knowledge-base, and developing my writing skills.

My first college teaching job was challenging but rewarding. After two years at a private college, I accepted at position at ASU. During the 20 years of work at ASU, I have become a full professor, assistant chair, and now department chair. These different roles have provided me with opportunities for growth and development as a professional.

While I am uncertain of my next career directions, I am proud to work at the institution from which I graduated and to serve with ASU faculty. Our goal is to train quality teachers and to continue to find effective ways to improve the lives of children and families in our region, the state, and across the US.

Dianne Lawler

Contact Information

P: (870) 680-8013
F: (870) 972-3344


Building: Education
Room: 369