Faculty

Thomas Wallace – Program Coordinator

Senior Instructor – Department of Information Science

Joining the Information Technology faculty in the Summer of 2006, Thomas brings  20 years of web development and design experience to the classroom. A graduate of the IT Minor pilot program in 2000, he spent five years as the lead web developer for UALR culminating in the launch of the new UALR web presence in February of 2006 before returning to the classroom. His areas of expertise/interest are standards-based web development, adaptive and responsive design, web usability and accessibility, interface development and design, and emerging internet technology. In addition to his role as program coordinator for the Information Technology Program, he also serves as program coordinator for the BA in Web Design and Development and as a state trainer for the EAST programFor more information visit his web site.


Bruce Bauer

E-Commerce Program Coordinator

Back when dinosaurs roamed the earth and the punched card was king, I completed a BA in Physics at Hendrix College, and a MS in Computer Science at Oklahoma State University.   Since then I have over 30 years of industry experience in software development, project management, and business processes in the Little Rock area.

I am newest member of the Information Technology Program Faculty, having joined UALR in 2012.  As the previous owner of an IT consulting firm, I am keenly aware of the skills that it takes to be hired and to excel in your profession.  In addition to building your technical IT skills, the IT Minor program will give you practical experience in the soft skills that will differentiate you from other applicants in the job market.

You will find that each member of IT Minor Program Faculty is very approachable.  We are interested in your academic success and in delivering a program that will be useful to you.  So if you want to discuss the IT Minor Program, the E-Commerce Degree, academic advising, all things digital, or UALR in general, feel free to contact me anytime at blbauer@ualr.edu.

Chad Garrett

Chad brings 25 years of professional IT experience and 15 years of teaching experience to the IT Minor program. Professionally he has held positions as technical writer, web designer/developer, information architect, project manager, and director of technology. As a teacher, Chad takes an interdisciplinary approach—like we find in the world outside of university—to the subjects he teaches. With an MA in Professional and Technical Writing, he has taught writing courses ranging from Composition to Technical Writing. Outside the discipline, he has been asked to develop and teach technology-focused courses like Digital Archives and Digital History. As leader of the capstone experience, he fosters the sense of an actual workplace with expectations and deadlines while offering students kind guidance and an understanding ear. He believes that if students can feel the pressures they will face once they move into their careers while still in a safe, understanding environment, they will be a step ahead of their colleagues.

Cheryl Johnston

Joining the IT Minor team in the Fall of 2014, Cheryl brings 25 years of classroom experience from the Department of Applied Communication. Now splitting her time between the two departments, her focus for the IT Minor are the soft skills that are so vital for student success in
academia and their future careers. Her graduate degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication compliments the goals of the IT Minor program to enhance each student’s chosen major. She enjoys facilitating the students with workshops designed to raise their awareness of how important interpersonal skills are in group work, interaction with coworkers and clients and in their personal lives as well. Coaching the IT Minor students through each semester of growth and accomplishment is one of the main reasons Cheryl gives for her excitement about being a part of this team.

Daniel Spillers

Daniel has worked in the IT field since 1997, and received his B.S. in Information Science from UA Little Rock. He is currently completing an M.A. in Professional and Technical Writing, easily merging the fields of technology, composition, and education. Daniel is also part of UA Little Rock IT Services, heading up the Development & Delivery as Lead Web Developer. His professional interests include back-end web development, API integration, database and middleware services, usability and user experience studies, learning theory, and collaborative knowledge creation.