Kim Crank is an adjunct English instructor who relocated to NWA from St. Louis, MO, where she earned a Master of Arts in Teaching at Webster University and BS in Ed. at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She taught 7-12 English in a large suburban district there for 20 years and loves the opportunity to help adult learners at NWACC polish their English skills on their way to earning life-changing degrees.
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.
Mary Beth Haas
Business & Computers
Communication & Arts
I, Professor Denise Nemec, am an Arkansawyer from birth. I came to northwest Arkansas in the late '70s for graduate school at UAF and never left. Here at NWACC, I teach composition and journalism classes, work in the Writing Center, advise the student newspaper, and try to do my part on committees and for students. I began teaching full time in fall 1998 after three semesters of part time work, and it's been an interesting, challenging, and fun journey! I feel blessed to work at a solid school with superior faculty, staff, and administrators. Most folks call me by my nickname Nese, which is pronounced KNEE-see. I am proud to serve as the Communication and Arts Division senator and plan to represent those faculty and any others who ask to the best of my abilities.
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.