Mike Hemphill – BA Class of 1977
Dr. Michael Hemphill is an undergraduate alumni of the Speech Communication Department at UALR. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Iowa and then returned to his home department where he spent 24 years on the faculty. He also served as chair and, for a period, as dean of the College of Professional Studies. His passion for teaching excellence shaped and molded our department and campus where he impacted countless faculty and students. Dr. Hemphill is currently Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Clinton School of Public Service.
On July 1, Mike will take on a new role as the next provost of Centenary College in Shreveport, Lousiana.
Hemphill’s work outside the Clinton School has focused on the development of community leadership, specifically in the area of judicial administration. In recent years he has worked with the National Association for State Judicial Education, Judicial Education/Adult Education Project, National Association of Chapter Thirteen Bankruptcy Trustees, Arkansas Chambers of Commerce, Arkansas Public Administration Consortium, and the administrative offices of state courts in Arkansas, Texas, Indiana, Missouri and California.
Hemphill received the 1990 Ross Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award, recognizing him as the outstanding classroom teacher in the University of Arkansas system. In 2000, Hemphill received the Jack Evans Regional Leadership Award, given by Metroplan to members of the UALR Water Study Task Force, and the UALR Department of Excellence Award for the Department of Speech Communication.
Congratulations Dr. Hemphill! We count on your return visits and continued connection to your primary department home.