Dr. Simon Hawkins, Director
Dating back to his honors program in anthropology at Swarthmore College, Dr. Simon Hawkins has been dedicated to education and the liberal arts. In 1988, his interests in other cultures led him to Tunisia as a Peace Corps volunteer, an experience that eventually became the center of his professional research. Upon returning from the Peace Corps he pursued an MA in secondary education at the George Washington University and briefly taught high school social studies before joining the National Center for Improving Science Education where he conducted research on national and international education.
Rather than pursuing further graduate studies in education, he returned to anthropology at the University of Chicago. As a Fulbright Scholar, he moved with his wife and baby daughter to Tunisia in 1998 where he pursued his doctoral research on language learning and national identity. Over the years he has taught at the University of Tunis, the University of Chicago, Vassar College, Montana State University, and Franklin and Marshall College.
His anthropological research in Tunisia has tackled a range of topics, including: national identity, schooling and language learning, relations with Europe, gender and modernity, and state construction of religion. He is an award winning teacher with particular skills in social theory and qualitative research methods. In addition to his academic work, he is a graduate of Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Clown College.
Dr. Jessica R. Scott, Associate Director
Prior to completing her Ph.D. in environmental dynamics from the University of Arkansas, Dr. Jessica Scott worked for the Walt Disney Company and Neiman Marcus, gaining an appreciation for their high level of service and attention to detail. After returning to graduate school, she had the opportunity to teach in the Fulbright Honors College, an experience that revealed her passion for teaching and mentoring students. Since starting with the Donaghey Scholars Program, Dr. Scott has been able to use these experiences to create a challenging and supportive environment for students. In addition to her work as associate director, she also teaches the Science and Society core courses for the program, as well as variety of classes for the Department of Anthropology.
While her academic interests are varied, nearly all revolve around dietary ecology. Her primary research uses tooth wear to reconstruct the diets and habitats of early human ancestors, but she has also studied the teeth of ancient Egyptians from the cemeteries at Amarna, Egypt. She has analyzed the teeth of dozens of fossil and living animals, including antelope, aardvarks, lions, hyenas, sabre-toothed cats, lemurs, monkeys, and apes.
Her work led her to conduct field research in Kenya, Madagascar, Ethiopia, Egypt, and The Great Divide Basin in Wyoming, as well as curatorial research with museums in London, Paris, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Brussels, Chicago, New York, and Washington D.C. She has published articles in The American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Mammalia, The Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, The Journal of Human Evolution, The American Journal of Primatology, PLOS ONE, and Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, as well as a chapter in the edited volume, Technique and Application in Dental Anthropology.
Dr. Scott is married with a young daughter and a ragdoll cat. In her spare time, she does voice work for the local NPR affiliate, KUAR, and serves as a member of the Little Rock Zoo Foundation Board.
Geneva Galloway, Administrative Specialist III
After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Marketing from University of Central Arkansas (UCA) Geneva was chosen to participate in the highly competitive theatre apprenticeship program at the legendary Steppenwolf Theatre Company located in Chicago, IL. During this apprenticeship Geneva focused in Development and Fundraising completing her final project in Institutional Giving research.
After the completion of her apprenticeship Geneva moved back to Central Arkansas to work for her alma mater as General Manager for Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre (AST), the state’s only professional Shakespeare festival. During this time Geneva was instrumental in producing an accessible and educational theatrical production that toured to schools in Faulkner County and performed publicly at the historic Arneson River Theatre located in San Antonio, TX. In addition to her work with AST she worked for UCA’s Outreach and Community Engagement department as the UCA Downtown Event Coordinator, hosting both university and city-wide events.
Geneva plans to pursue her MBA at UA Little Rock and upon completion intends to continue her work in arts management. Her passion and dedication to her home city of Little Rock inspires her to play an active role in growing the already vibrate arts community that exists here. She is thrilled to be working with Donaghey Scholars and is inspired by the amazing work of both the faculty and students in this program. Geneva is married to her college sweetheart and is the proud cat-mom to a fluffy orange Maine Coon. In her spare time Geneva enjoys cooking, singing, and spending time with her family and friends.
Dr. Earl Ramsey earned his B.A. in History and M.A. in English from Rice University and his Ph.D. in English from the University of Florida. He began teaching as a graduate student at community colleges in Texas and in Florida, but his full-time career began at Yale, then at Bryn Mawr, one of the historic Seven Sisters women’s colleges on the east coast.
Now retired following 25 years as director of UA Little Rock’s top honors program, Dr. Ramsey has made a lasting mark on its development by stressing an interdisciplinary approach. A literary critic and theorist, Ramsey has taught a wide variety of courses throughout his career – from 18th century literature to the writings of Michel de Montaigne, William Shakespeare, William Faulkner and Virginia Wolfe. He also taught History of Ideas in the Donaghey curriculum.
He joined UA Little Rock in 1973 as an associate professor and earned full professor status in 1977. The Student Government Association named him Faculty Member of the Year in 1999, and he received the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences’ Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching in 2005.