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Teaching Academy

Directors

Belinda Blevins-Knabe

Dr. Blevins-Knabe is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Texas in Developmental Psychology. Her research examines the development of young children’s mathematical skills with an emphasis on the links between the home environment and young children’s mathematical performance.
She has taught both online and face-to face courses and emphasizes active learning in all formats. In 2013 she earned the Quality Matters Certification for her online course. In addition, she has been involved in assessment at the university and department level.

Joseph John Williams

Joseph John Williams is an associate professor in the department of Rhetoric
and Writing at UALR. At the moment, his research focuses on the relationship
between writing and game design. Specifically, he looks at the connections
between the writing process, the learning process, and the design process,
as well as the effects of gameplay on writing and reading experiences. His
most recent work appears in the anthology _Designing Web-Based Applications
for 21st Century Writing Classrooms_. His research has also appeared in
_Computers and Composition_ and _Kairos_.

Joe also builds games and other experimental interactive systems, both to
explore the concepts he researches and to provide digital games for writers
and readers. He built the experimental game “Article,” along with David
Fisher, to help writers synthesize scholarly sources. He is currently
working on a storytelling game called “Archetypes.”

Julien C. Mirivel

Julien C. MirivelDr. Julien C. Mirivel is Associate Professor of Speech Communication at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He earned his B.A. in Communication from the University of Northern Iowa (2000), and a M.A. (2002) and Ph.D. (2005) in Communication Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His research and teaching seeks to improve the way people communicate with one another. He has won several awards for both his teaching and research, and has published in leading journals in the field of communication. In 2011, he won the Faculty Excellence in Teaching from the College of Professional Studies at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Updated 1.22.2014