Jeffrey B. Connelly

Professor and Associate Dean
Structure, Tectonics, Engineering Geology

Jeff Connelly

Contact Information

Phone 501-916-5198
Office EIT 626



PhD Geology 1993 University of Tennessee
MS Geology 1986 Bowling Green State University
BS Geology 1983 College of Wooster

Background and Interests

    I have been at the UA Little Rock Department of Earth Sciences since 1992, serving as department chair from 1997-2004 and 2007-2016, interim associate dean of the College of Engineering and Information Technology from 2016-2019, and associate dean of the College of Engineering and Information Technology from 2019-present. My teaching interests include Physical Geology, Historical Geology, Structural Geology, Tectonics, Field Methods, Engineering Geology, Environmental Geology, and Geology of Arkansas. My primary research interests are in the areas of structural geology, tectonics, and natural hazards. My primary focus in the field of structural geology involves the use of small structures and regional joint patterns to better understand the structural development mountain systems such as the Ouachitas. I also work closely with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management assessing risk from natural hazards faced by the state and communities within the state. Along with departmental colleagues, FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plans have been written for the State of Arkansas as well as various communities in the State. I serve as Vice Chair of the Arkansas Governors Earthquake Advisory Council, co-Director of the Arkansas Earthquake Center, and I am a member of the Arkansas Pre-Disaster Mitigation Advisory council. I have received faculty excellence awards in teaching and public service while at UALR and, along with other UALR colleagues, was a recipient of Metroplan’s “Jack Evans Regional Leadership Award” for my work on water resource issues in central Arkansas.