NWACC Honors


Dixie Androes, Ph.D.

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Megan Bolinder, Ph.D.

Humanities – Gender Studies (HUMN)
Megan Marie Bolinder is the Dean of the Communication and Arts Division at NorthWest Arkansas Community College and has been a faculty member in NWACC's English department since August, 2010. She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in English Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago with emphases in Language, Literacy and Rhetoric, and graduate certificates in Gender and Women's Studies and Cultural Studies. Prior to her time at NWACC, Bolinder served as Assistant Professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan from 2008-2010, and Assistant Professor of English and Women's Literature at Malcolm X College in Chicago from 2005-2008. Bolinder is actively involved with the Bentonville Film Festival and serves on the Advisory Council of the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Benton County. Her many intellectual and personal passions stem from a desire to see every person granted the opportunity to reach her/his fullest potential without the barriers caused by "isms" (classism, racism, sexism, ableism, ageism, etc.). During her tenure at NWACC, Bolinder has worked hard to develop a reputation of unwavering commitment to student success and is committed to continuing the excellence that is the Communication and Arts Division at NWACC, forge new pathways for student success and life change through higher education and the Arts, and create cross-disciplinary and community connections that effectively meet the needs of our students and surrounding northwest Arkansas area. It is her honor to support faculty, staff, and students in pursuit of advocating the transformational power of education and ensuring the flourishing of the Arts at NWACC, and she is proud and honored to be able to do so as an Honors Faculty Member.
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Sabrina Chesne, M.F.A., M.P.A.

World Literature
Sabrina Chesne received her B.A. from University of Southern California, where she took a class in poetry writing and happened to be pretty good. Her writing led her to the University of Arkansas where she earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and an M.P.A. (Public Administration). The U of A led her north to NWACC, where she currently directs the Honors Program and teaches English.
She reads whenever she can, and considers herself lucky that reading is a big part of her job, and one of the reasons she teaches Honors World Literature. How awesome it is to teach a class that makes connections between texts spanning three centuries seem obvious!
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Jennifer Cook


Janet Dodd


Ashley Edwards

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Matthew Evans, Ph.D.

Political Science
Dr. Evans teaches the science of politics – or how to systematically examine power struggles (insides and outside the government) about collective notions of the good in our lives and the lives of others – as it applies to American national government, international relations, and state and local government. He holds an MA from the University of Louisville and a Ph.D. from Northern Arizona University in political science, and graduate certificates in Ethnic Studies and Women & Gender Studies from NAU. His dissertation "Writing/Righting Sovereignty: Conscientious Objection to Military Service in Israel" examines the relationship between state sovereignty and conscientious objection to military service in Israel to re-conceptualize state violence and legitimacy from the vantage point of the soldier. His dissertation research has been presented at the International Studies Association, the American Political Science Association, and Arkansas Political Science Association meetings. He has taught political science classes at the University of Louisville, Kentucky State University, and Northern Arizona University.

Miles Fish

Music Appreciation
Miles Fish, Professor of Music, has been teaching and conducting most of his adult life including almost 20 years at NWACC. Born and raised in Star City (AR), he is a graduate of the University of Arkansas (BA in Communications and BA in voice) with a music MA from the University of Louisiana and post graduate studies at SMU Dallas and Siena, Italy. He was the founding conductor of the Civic Orchestra and a founding conductor of Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2001 Fish has been a summer resident of Siena, Italy and currently serves as NWACC in Italy¹s summer school director in Siena. His wife of 45 years is Byretta Hurst Fish of Hot Springs; they have five children, six grandchildren with two more one the way. He is a long time researcher/lecturer of Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi and Constanze Mozart, Amadeus Mozart¹s widow.
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Sevin Gallo, Ph.D. Candidate

Sevin studied electronic media at the University of Cincinnati as an undergraduate. She transferred to Kent State University, and earned a B.A. and M.A. in history from Kent. She is currently finishing up her Ph.D. in Modern Middle East/World history from the University of Akron and teaching full-time at NWACC. She specializes in gender, national identity, popular culture, and state-formation in the 20th Century in Turkey and the Kurdish regions of the Middle East. She teaches both sections of world history and leads a study abroad program to Turkey.
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Tom Herrnstein, Ph.D.

Dr. Thomas Herrnstein was born and grew up in Southern Ohio. Then he moved to Alaska, and while working in the fishing and tourism industries, completed a B.A. in philosophy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. After receiving his M.A. at Northern Illinois University, he entered the Ph.D. program at the University of Utah. At Utah he developed his interests in Ethics and Chinese Philosophy, while enjoying the area's opportunities of hiking, camping, and canyoneering. He took a one year position in Minnesota in 2011-2012, and then started at NWACC in the Fall of 2012, graduating with his Doctorate in Philosophy from Utah in 2013. His current research interests are analyzing business and medical issues using virtue ethics, and meta-ethical theory.
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Christopher Huggard, Ph.D.

Chris Huggard (B.S.Ed. in 1984 and M.A. in history in 1987 at University of Arkansas and Ph.D. in history in 1994 at University of New Mexico) is a free-spirited professor who likes to challenge students to think critically. He hopes to instill in students the value of contemplating their place in the world and what it means to them. He hopes that his students feel empowered through guidance on the development of their analytical skills and through their service learning projects. He marvels at how honors students do amazing things in advancing their educations and in making a difference in the world. He feels privileged to teach honors students and sees them as the difference makers at NWACC. Dr. Huggard also has published two books: Forests under Fire: A Century of Ecosystem Mismanagement in the Southwest (UofArizona, 2001) and Santa Rita del Cobre: A Copper Mining Community in New Mexico (UPress of Colorado, 2012), winner of the Howard Bryan Western History, Southwest, and Clark C. Spence awards.
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Lindsay Hutton, Ph.D.

Lindsay Hutton received her MA in fiction writing from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. All of the stories that she wrote during the MA program were failures. The first one, the biggest failure, was about an animal cracker horse named Hank. She received her PhD in nonfiction writing from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Most of the essays she wrote during the PhD were failures. The last ones, however, were better than the story about Hank; some learning did take place. This is what Lindsay looks for in her classes: creative risk, honest failure, and learning. She is still working on writing good essays, and enjoys collaborating with students to improve their writing. She is also interested in the game of football, bicycles, and kinetic energy.

Jeff Jackson, M.A.

Jeff Jackson is a legend in his own mind. He puts his pants on three legs at a time. He once ate twelve tacos in one sitting (a feat he does not care to replicate). He knows a rhyme for "orange." His alphabet contains thirty-two letters, including three vowels not recognized by stuffy philological circles. He constructs string art inspired by the plot points of James Bond movies (Sean Connery only). He is -sheveled and -gruntled with nary a dis- in sight. He's a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll, and a whole lot of klezmer. Long ago he turned his back on a lucrative career doing cartoon voiceovers but has never regretted this decision. He can be mercurial, brandishing a daisy one moment, flinging his hairnet across the room in a fit of pique the next. He walks between the raindrops without getting wet. Jackson is a riddle cloaked in an enigma shrouded in a comfy green cardigan.
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Jacqueline Jones, M.A.

I have climbed a 14,000 foot mountain at the age of 11. I have swum above a sunken ship off the coast of Bermuda at the age of 17. I have lived in Denver and Houston. I have received an AA from Kingwood Community College, a BA from the U of A, and a MA from the U of A. I have been teaching since 2003 and love the thrill and challenges of making composition exciting and relevant for students.

Cindy King, M.F.A.

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Doug Krueger, Ph.D.

Philosophy – World Religions (HIST)
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James Laughton, M.A.

Jim Laughton has been a faculty member in the English department since 1999 and teaches composition and literature courses. He holds a B.S. in Political Science and an M.A. in English from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. In the doctoral program at the University of Arkansas, his principal research areas were literary theory, modern Irish and British literature, Irish-American literature, and post-colonial literature. In 2003, he was recognized with the AATYC Outstanding Faculty Award for NWACC, and in 2007 he was the recipient of a NISOD Teaching Excellence Award. He believes that all students should acquire the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills that will allow them to thrive as members of a democratic society and a global community. He works to create a student oriented learning environment—one in which students will feel comfortable and encouraged yet responsible for their own learning, one which has the flexibility to adjust to the diversity of the students and their situations, and one in which instruction, as much as possible, is tailored to the individual student.

Megan Looney, M.F.A.


Linda Lovell, Ph.D.


Dianne Phillips, M.A., M.S.

Dianne Phillips has advanced degrees in Physics and Geology. Her professional expertise is in the areas of petroleum and economic geology (mining), with specializations in igneous and metamorphic petrology, field mapping techniques, structural geology and geophysical, structural and petrological methods for characterizing oil and gas reservoirs. She has a special love of volcanoes and has visited several of the more active ones in her career. Professor Phillips has taught at NWACC for 10 years and has over 20 years of experience in teaching in a broad variety of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines and courses. She is an expert in "Project Based Learning" and has been the Facilitator of the EMPACTS Program since 2005.
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Deirdre Slavik, Ph.D.

Dr. Deirdre Slavik has been an enthusiastic member of the NWACC Behavioral Sciences faculty since 2004. She has a doctorate in experimental psychology with research interests in social cognition and motivational theory. Dr. Slavik currently serves as the department chair of the Behavioral Sciences department overseeing Anthropology, Social Work, Sociology, and Psychology.
When not teaching General Psychology or Human Growth & Development, Dr. Slavik spends her time contemplating the likelihood of a zombie apocalypse, reading horribly depressing dystopian fiction, and consuming excessive amounts of diet soda. She lives in Northwest Arkansas with her husband, three small children, and two dogs.

Melody Thomas


Ellen Turner, M.S.

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Marc Turner

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Gene Vinzant, Ph.D.

Dr. Gene Vinzant was born in Brazil, grew up in Texas and Oklahoma, and has proudly called Prairie Grove, Arkansas home since 2000. He hold a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Arkansas. His dissertation topic was: "Little Rock's Long Crisis: Schools and Race in Little Rock, Arkansas, 1863-2009." He has taught U.S. and Arkansas History at NWACC since 2006. He loves history and thinks everyone else should too.