Board Member Allan Ward

Allan Ward received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Arizona, his Ph.D. from Ohio University, and did post-doctoral work at the University of Denver. In addition to serving as Professor of Communication at UALR, he has also held the position of Dean of Instruction at Philander Smith College, Director of Research and Staff Development at World Services for the Blind, and has taught communication courses at the Arkansas Police Academy and in the prisons.  As a consultant, he provides lectures, workshops, and seminars for institutions in the commercial, governmental, educational, health-care, non-profit, and religious sectors. He has served on various boards and commissions, including Treatment Homes, Inc. offering therapeutic foster care, Volunteers in Public Schools, Friends of the Arts, The Weekend Theater, the Arkansas Supportive Housing Network, the Oasis Renewal Center, the Friends of the Zoo, Community Concerts, Agency on Aging, the Racial and Cultural Diversity Commission, Pulaski County Historical Society, the Japan-American Society, and the Arkansas Council of International Visitors, among others.  He teaches adult education courses at LifeQuest of Arkansas and the Shepherd’s Center of North Little Rock.  Internationally, he has spoken to groups in various countries of Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America.  He has studied the worldviews of people of diverse backgrounds in these continents and has written about these experiences in his book Beyond the Visible Spectrum.  He has also written the novels Lucian and Trickster, and other books including Postmodern Zen:  A Path of Paradox and Process, Golden Thunder: The Quest for the Inner Poet, and The Rhubarb Club: Recollections and Recipes.  He appreciates the opportunity to serve on the Library Development Board, to help the library in its vital education services.