Gary Bender is a full-time faculty member in the Mathematics, Physics, and Engineering department at Northwest Arkansas Community College. He holds a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Arizona and an MA in Mathematics from the University of Georgia. His academic interests include education, number theory, and information theory. He teaches developmental and transfer mathematics courses and is EMPACTS co-facilitator for his department. He has previously held roles including Upward Bound instructor and faculty advisor at NWACC. Prior to joining NWACC's team, he served on the faculty of Pima Community College, Tucson, Arizona. Gary enjoys a rural lifestyle at his home in southwest Missouri.
Carl Collier is an Associate Professor of English in the Communication & Arts division. He graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Central Arkansas in 1994, and he received his M.A. in English from Mississippi State University in 1998. He has been teaching since 2001, first as a high school instructor at West Campus Technical Center in Fayetteville and then as a full-time faculty member with Northwest Arkansas Community College.
Lenora Sotlar Clouse is a full-time psychology faculty member in the behavioral sciences department. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Kentucky, a MEd in Agency and Community Counseling from Xavier University and is ABD toward a PhD in Organizational Psychology from Walden University. She has previously held roles such as career counselor, academic advisor, and grant director at NWACC, Crowder College, the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. Teaching and supporting students is truly a rewarding and mutually beneficial learning experience. Lenora and her husband (an MSW/LCSW for the VA) live in Joplin and are enjoying raising 6 children (and 6 pets) as a blended family.
Sheila has been an educator at either the high school or community college level for almost 20 years. She has also worked as a bookkeeper and marketing coordinator. She has served as a program coordinator and department head, chaired many committees, served on Faculty Senate, successfully written grants for furthering technology in the classroom, built partnerships with businesses, and taught a variety of business- and computer-related courses in her years in academia. Sheila is an exceptionally qualified instructor and strives to maintain excellence in the class while helping students to further their educational endeavors. Sheila is an Associate Professor of Business at NorthWest Arkansas Community College.
Business & Computers
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Ms. Eddie graduated from the NWACC PTA Program in 1999 with an Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant. She received her Bachelor's degree in Business Management from John Brown University in 2001 and her Master's degree in Business Administration in 2011 from John Brown University. Ms. Eddie became a full-time faculty member and Director of Clinical Education in 2007, and then assumed the role of PTA Program Director in 2010. She has been active in the community with her participation in fundraising with the ALS, Cystic Fibrosis, MS, Komen, and other various charities. Her clinical background includes: acute care, home health, and outpatient rehabilitation. She also served as the Director of Rehabilitation at a local skilled nursing facility, and is an APTA certified clinical instructor. Ms. Eddie is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association education and neurological sections.
Like many of our students, I began my college career at a community college but quit after two semesters to raise a family. When my daughter entered high school, I went back and finished my Associates degree in General Studies at Longview Community College in Lee's Summit, Mo (1988), and then transferred to the University of Missouri – Kansas City where I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics (December 1993). I graduated with Honors one week to the day before my daughter earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Geography (also with Honors) from the University of Missouri – Maryville. Jenny moved to Davis, CA to pursue a Master's degree in Atmospheric Science at the University of California - Davis, and one year later, I gave up my job as Postmaster, Strasburg MO, to pursue full-time graduate study at Syracuse University. While at SU, I earned two Masters of Philosophy degrees – one in Sociology (1998), the other in Social Science (2014) and left the Ph.D. program in Social Science ABD (all but dissertation). My teaching experience includes adjunct work at Johnson County Community College and Butler County Community College, both in Kansas, and a dozen years working as an adjunct instructor of Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies at Syracuse University. As a graduate student and adjunct instructor at Syracuse University, I developed and delivered 15 different Sociology courses, worked as a Facilitator for the Intergroup Dialogue Program, and served a 3-year term as Assistant Director of the Women's Studies Program.