There is an entire team behind the Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence: 3 co-directors and 2 graduate students. Find out more about them below.


Laura Barrio-Vilar
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Co-director since 2019
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Dr. Barrio is an Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Her research and teaching interests include African American literature, Afro-Caribbean literature, postcolonial studies, gender and women’s studies, and critical race theory. Several of her classes include a service-learning component, which allows her students to establish connections between their experiences volunteering in community organizations and the concepts and texts covered in class. Additionally, she often teaches core classes online.

Dr. Barrio’s research explores how race, gender, and class affect migration patterns and the notion of citizenship in the African Diaspora. She also investigates the connections between literature and social justice. Since she joined UA Little Rock in the fall of 2011, she has been engaged in numerous service activities on and off campus. She is a faculty senator, an affiliated faculty member of the Institute on Race and Ethnicity and of the Gender Studies Program, as well as an active member of the Safe Zone committee.

Dr. Barrio joined ATLE as a co-director in the fall of 2019, and will complete her three-year term in the spring of 2022.

Contact Dr. Barrio: (501) 569-3161

Tom Tudor
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Co-director since 2020

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Dr. Tudor is a Professor of Management in the Department of Management, Marketing, and Technology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

He has a passion for teaching and thoroughly enjoys his students. He has twice received the College of Business Teaching Excellence Award and twice received the university’s Ted and Virginia Bailey Teaching Excellence Award. He has developed and taught 9 different management courses and has taught 6 of them fully online. Internationally, he has taught short courses in Peru, France, and Vietnam.

He is a member of International Friendship Outreach, an organization that helps international students while in the United States. He enjoys getting to know international students and sometimes visits student alumni in their countries.

Outside of academia, he has held previous positions in the United States as a Research Manager with the Virginia Labor Studies Center, a Management Analyst Senior with the Department of Labor & Industry, a Grants Administrator with Virginia Tech, a Contract Specialist with the Department of the Navy, and a professional intern with the IBM Corporation. He brings extensive consulting, private, and public sector experience to the classroom.

He is also an avid researcher with 30 journal publications and extensive grant awards. He has twice received the College of Business Faculty Research Award. In addition, he has made 26 research presentations at conferences in Taipei, Bangkok, Dublin, and London and all over the United States.

Dr. Tudor joined ATLE as a co-director in the fall of 2020, and will complete his three-year term in the spring of 2023.

Contact Dr. Tudor: (501) 916-6765

Graduate Assistants

Sheng-Chieh Wu
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Faith Mullins
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