Achievement: Past Recipients

Recognized in April 2015

CASEY-0003Dr. Mike Casey, Distinctive Growth in OnlineTeaching

Department of Economics, Finance, and Insurance & Risk Management

(501) 852-0877

College of Business 211M

K. Michael (Mike) Casey is a professor of finance at the University of Central Arkansas. He completed his BBA in finance at UCA in 1990 and went on to earn both an MBA (1992) and a doctorate in finance from Louisiana Tech University in 1996. He currently has more than 80 refereed journal publications in such journals as The Financial Review, The Journal of Computer Information Systems, the Review of Business Information Systems, Real Estate Review, The Journal of Property Investment and Finance, The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, and the Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance. He came to UCA in 2003 as department chair in EFIRM.

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Dr. Christine Cooper, Distinctive Growth in Online Teaching

Department of Communication

Dr. Christie Cooper joined UCA in 2014 after serving in communication departments in Denver, Co; Fairbanks, AK; and Little Rock, AR. Her areas of expertise are conflict communication, research methods, and organizational communication. Her first year here has connected her with wonderful Communication students, the LEAD PhD program, and many IDC opportunities. She recently completed a graduate program earning a Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning and is looking forward to applying her new knowledge. She strives to engage a community of learners by igniting passion for the content and inspiring personal application.

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Dr. Ramon Escamilla, Distinctive Growth in On-Ground Teaching

Department of World Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

(501) 450-5607

Thompson Hall 323



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Dr. Tanya Jeffcoat, Distinctive Growth in Online Teaching

Department of Philosophy/EDGE Resident Master

(501) 852-0717

Irby Hall 301E


LethaM May 2015Dr. Letha Mosley, Distinctive Growth in On-Ground Teaching

Department of Occupational Therapy

(501) 450-5567

Doyne Health Science 303

Letha joined the Department of Occupational Therapy in 2005 and has taught a variety of courses related to geriatrics, research, occupations, and practice competency.  She was recognized for Public Service in 2014 as she engaged in service in the department, university, profession and community in areas related to curriculum, diversity, accreditation, and faith based wellness.  Her research is on addressing health disparities through health and wellness programs in areas such as obesity, fall prevention, and community mobility/driving. She is the founding faculty advisor for the Gamma Iota chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon (Occupational Therapy Honor Society) and the founding and co-faculty for the Student Caucus for Diversity in Occupational Therapy.


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Dr. Sherry Skaggs, Distinctive Growth in On-Ground Teaching

Department of Sociology

(501) 450-5587

Irby Hall 306H

Dr. Sherry Lynn Skaggs is an Assistant Professor of Criminology in the Sociology Department. She began teaching at UCA in Summer 2014, and she currently teaches Foundations of Criminal Justice, Police & Society, Correctional Systems, Deviance & Society, & Social Statistics courses. Her research focuses on Police Interaction with Juveniles, and she actively tries to assist her students in engaging with professionals in the Criminal Justice System.

Faith Yarberry May 2015 Dr. Faith Yarberry, Distinctive Growth in On-Ground Teaching

Department of Chemistry

(501) 852-2530

Laney Annex 129

Dr. Faith Yarberry is a Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and the Resident Master for the STEM Residential College at Arkansas Hall. In both capacities, she works with first-year university students to assist in their academic success. Her research interest is in the field of chemical education. Her research group actively works to improve student success through the development and analysis of: (1) laboratory exercises that directly apply knowledge taught in the classroom, (2) the uses of hands-on activities that allow students to visualize the microscopic world, (3) advising materials to assist in the placement of chemistry students so as to retain students, (4) various online materials that are designed to improve success rates in the freshman-level chemistry courses, and (5) working with secondary educators to improve the scientific preparedness of students entering college chemistry courses.

Recognized in April 2014

rrbrownDr. Riva R. Brown, Distinctive Growth in On-Ground Teaching

Department of Communication

(501) 450-3655

Thompson Hall 207E

Dr. Riva Brown worked as a newspaper reporter, newspaper copy editor, and university public relations senior writer/editor before earning a doctorate in mass communication with an emphasis in public relations. She loves to give students practical experience by incorporating service-learning into her courses. She also enjoys exposing students to community service opportunities that expose them to diverse populations.

lynn-burleyLynn Burley, Ph.D., Distinctive Growth in On-Ground Teaching

Department of Writing


Thompson Hall 337

Dr. Lynn Burley began her career as a high school English Language Arts teacher before going back to school to earn her PhD in English Linguistics. Not surprisingly, she incorporated her love for both teaching and linguistics into programs at UCA, adding linguistics courses designed for future and current public school teachers into the MFA in Creative Writing, the MSE in Advanced Studies in Teacher Leadership, and the MA in English.  She is currently working on proposals for an MA and a minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Patty Kohler Evans April 2014Patricia Kohler-Evans, Ed.D., Certificate in Online Teaching

Department of Early Childhood & Special Education

(501) 450-5444

Mashburn Hall 134

Dr. Kohler-Evans works to promote inclusive practice through her instruction in both graduate and undergraduate classes. As a Strategic Instruction Model Leader, she works with districts from across the state through the Mashburn Center for Learning at UCA to promote methodologies that help  teachers as well as students who struggle, to be successful in secondary general education classrooms.

Bill Lammers April 2014Bill Lammers, Ph.D., Distinctive Growth in On-Ground Teaching

Department of Psychology & Counseling

(501) 450-5409

Mashburn Hall 218

Dr. Bill Lammers is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling who has taught UCA undergraduate and graduate students for the past 24 years. His research interests focus on the scholarship of teaching, with a particular emphasis on the importance of student-instructor rapport. His current teaching assignments include General Psychology, Psychological Statistics, Research Methods Laboratory, Dissertation Research Seminar, and Practicum in Teaching Psychology.

 Recognized in April 2013

NRoofe April 2014Nina L. Roofe, PhD, RD, LD, Distinctive Growth in On-Ground Teaching

Department of Family & Consumer Sciences


(501) 450-5955

McAlister 212

Dr. Nina Roofe has taught dietetics students for over ten years and is currently an Assistant Professor and DPD Director at the University of Central Arkansas.  Her research interests include nutrition and dietetics education strategies, program development and evaluation, and service learning.  Dr. Roofe teaches Medical Nutrition Therapy, Nutrition Senior Seminar, and Nutrition & Metabolism and is the faculty advisor for the Student Dietetics Association.

Susan Gatto

Susan Gatto, PhD, RN, CNE, Certificate in Online Teaching

Department of Nursing

(501) 450-3230

Doyne Suite 133


Julie Meaux

Julie Meaux, PhD, RN, CNE, Certificate in Online Teaching

Department of Nursing

(501) 450-3230

Doyne Suite 131


Mitch Parker Mitchum Parker, PhD, Focused Study of Blended/Hybrid Teaching

Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education