Our Co-Directors

Belinda Blevins-Knabe

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 (501) 569-3171 (blblevins@ualr.edu)

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.

Brad Minnick


(501) 569-3161 jbminnick@ualr.edu

Dr. J. Bradley Minnick is an Associate Professor of English Education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. For 25 years, he has provided courses on educational drama and literacy for pre-and-in-service teachers at UALR, the University of Texas in El Paso (UTEP), and the University of Pittsburgh. He has also worked closely with elementary, middle, and high school students using process drama to help engage them in best literacy practices.

He is the writer, host and executive producer of Arts & Letters, a radio program on KUAR that highlights artistic and intellectual work in the South and beyond.

Amar Kanekar

(501) 683-0512 axkanekar@ualr.edu

Dr. Amar Kanekar is an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator for Health Education and Health Promotion at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. His eleven years of teaching experience involves more than twenty-five different courses (undergraduate and graduate) in the areas of public health, health education and health promotion. Recipient of numerous teaching awards, his pedagogical techniques involve online –distance learning, hybrid and face to face courses with web enhancement using instructional technology such as synchronous and asynchronous student interaction.

His research areas of interest focus on adolescent health, measurement in health education, global health, online and hybrid pedagogy and health behavior interventions. He currently serves on the Society for Public Health Education Ethics Committee and Editorial Board for the journal ‘Pedagogy of Health Promotion: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning’. He also on the Review Board of the American Journal of Health Behavior and Journal of Health Education Teaching.