John W. McAllister is a native of St. Louis, MO (Kinloch & Ferguson respectfully). For fourteen years, he provided orientation and mobility services at the Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. He joined the UALR faculty in 2015. In addition to serving on the AER Board of Directors, he serves on the board for the Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and Arkansas School for the Deaf and the AER Higher Education Accreditation Commission. Also, he is the District 2 director for the AER O&M division. John W. McAllister has a B. A. (Psychology, 1994) from Philander Smith College, M. A. (Orientation and Mobility, 2001) from UALR, M. A. (College Student Affairs, 2007) from UALR and an Ed. D. in Higher Education (Administration, 2014) from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville…GO HOGS!!! He is married to Griselda McAllister and is the proud father of six children.
He is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity– initiated in the Pi Sigma Chapter (Philander Smith College) in the Spring of 1990. John W. McAllister is strongly committed to the education and rehabilitation field. He works each day to ensure that individuals who are blind or has low vision will be able to reach their goals and have success by making sure that UALR has a top rated personnel preparation program that produces professionals who can provide high quality services.