Quality Matters at UA Little Rock

As part of our mission to provide faculty support for teaching and learning through the use of Blackboard, we have implemented the Quality Matters program at UA Little Rock.

The purpose of this program is to contribute to faculty excellence, facilitate student success and provide a continuous improvement process for courses in Blackboard.

What is Quality Matters?

Quality Matters is a not-for-profit subscription service providing tools and training for quality assurance of online courses.

Designed by faculty for faculty, the program entails three main components: a rubric, a peer review process and professional development opportunities.

There are over 480 subscribers located throughout the United States and increasingly abroad. Undergoing review every few years, the rubric is based on research, best practices and sound instructional design principles.

What are the benefits?

Faculty benefit from the use of a tested rubric to guide their online course development process.

By undergoing a quality matters review of their course whether officially or not, faculty can improve their course and gain additional skills for designing and administering a course in Blackboard.

The peer-review process means faculty work with one another across institutions to understand best practices and design principles related to online and blended courses.

A variety of workshops focused on online instruction and course design provide opportunities to build faculty excellence.

How can I get involved?

eLearning’s instructional design team has developed resources to support the application of the rubric and the meeting of QM standards. Contact the ID team (eLearning-Design@ualr.edu) for more information on how to participate. You can also visit the Quality Matters website by going to www.qmprogram.org

Congratulations to these faculty for their dedication to providing our online students with an exceptional educational experience!

Faculty who have received Quality Matters certification for their online courses:


Cynthia Johnson
Principles of Accounting I (ACCT 2310)
Principles of Accounting II (ACCT 2330)

Applied Communication

Dr. Gerald Driskill
Family Communication (SPCH 4323)
Organizational Communications (SPCH 4311)

Melissa Johnston
Speech Communication (SPCH 1300)

Dr. Kristen McIntyre
Advanced Public Speaking (SPCH 3320)

Dr. Avinash Thombre
Introduction to Communication Research (SPCH 2311)
Small Group Communication (SPCH 3322)

Dr. Carol Thompson
Human Communication Concepts (SPCH 2310)
Gender Communication (SPCH 3315)
Communicating Difference (SPCH 4313)


Dr. Eileen Turan
Introduction to Visual Arts (ARHA 2305)

Construction Management & Civil & Construction Engineering

James Carr
Construction Safety (CNMG 4342)
Special Topics: Building Codes (CNMG 4399)

Doyle Phillips
Estimating I (CNMG 3339)

Criminal Justice

Dr. Julie Baldwin
Criminal Law (CRJU 3307)
Judicial System and Process (CRJU 4301)
ST: Legal Aspects (CRJU 7393)
ST: Courts (CRJU 7393)

Dr. Emily Berthelot
Race, Ethnicity, and Criminal Justice (CRJU 3310)
Applied Research and Analysis (CRJU 7320)

Dr. Timothy Brown
Juvenile Delinquency (CRJU 3337)
Criminological Theory (CRJU 3338)
Corrections Administration (CRJU 7340)

Dr. Stacy Moak
Criminal Law (CRJU 7305)
Juvenile Law and Process (CRJU 4305)

Dr. David Montague
Crime and Behavior (CRJU 4300)

Kilby Raptopoulos
Criminal Evidence (CRJU 3301)
Domestic Violence (CRJU 3305)
Sex Crimes (CRJU 3315)
Drug Abuse (CRJU 4307)
Proseminar (CRJU 7301)

Dr. Tusty ten-Bensel
Research Methods (CRJU 4304)

Dr. Jeff Walker
Terrorism (CRJU 4310)
Public Budgeting (CRJU 7326)

Economics & Finance

Dr. Eric Elder
Business Statistics (ECON 2310)
Quantitative Business Analysis (ECON 3355)

Dr. Mark Funk
Survey of Economics (ECON 2301)

Dr. Sarah Quintanar
Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 2322)

Health, Human Performance & Sport Management

Nita Copeland
Personal Health (HHPS 1370)
Kinesiology (HSCI 3402)
Applied Human Science (HHPS 3412)

Dr. Amar Kanekar
Community Health Agency (HHPS 3374)
Health Education Program Evaluation (HHPS 4380)
Introduction to Community and Public Health (HHPS 7304)
Organization and Administration in Health Education and Promotion (HHPS 4378/5378)

Dr. Bennie Prince
Sport Law (HHPS 7331)


Dr. Bruce Hall
History of the Third Reich (HIST 4390)

Dr. Clea Hupp
Islam and the Modern Middle East (HIST 3336)


Dr. Ahmad Bajwa
Production Operations Management (MGMT 3304)

Dr. Karen Leonard
International Business Management (MGMT 4377)

Dr. Robert Mitchell
Advanced PC Applications (MGMT 3352)
Business Communication (MGMT 3380)

Dr. Thomas Tudor
Applications in Human Resource Management (MGMT 4395)
Collective Bargaining (MGMT 7340)
Strategic Human Resource Management (MGMT 7341)

Dr. Otmar Varela
Organizational Behavior and Management (MGMT 3300)

Marketing & Advertising

Dr. Gary Geissler
Principles of Marketing (MKTG 3350)

Mathematics & Statistics

Christy Jackson
Business Calculus (MATH 1342)

Denise LeGrand
College Algebra Accelerated (MATH 1302)
Calculus 2 (MATH 1452)


Dr. Linda Holzer
Piano Pedagogy and Literature (MUED 3302)


Dr. Jane Evans
Professional Roles (NURS 3310)
Wellness Promotion (NURS 3420)

Dr. Temekis Hampton
Leadership and Management (NURS 4420)

Dr. Jamie Jones
Ethics, Legalities, and Advocacy (NURS 3350)

Dr. Elizabeth Lee
Research and Evidenced Based Nursing (NURS 3440)
Integration of Concepts (NURS 4430)
Healthcare Economics (NURS 3430)

Heba Sadaka, MSN, BSN, RN, CNE
Health Assessment I (NURS 3220)

Dr. Deb Stieve
Community Health Needs (NURS 4415)

Political Science

Dr. Margaret Scranton
American National Government (POLS 1310)

Dr. Gregory Shufeldt
American National Government (POLS 1310)

Dr. Eric Wiebelhaus-Brahm
International Relations (POLS 4340)


Dr. Belinda Blevins-Kanabe
Developmental Psychology (PSYC 3356)

Dr. Robert Corwyn
Statistics and Methods 1 (PSYC 2340)

Teacher Education

Dr. Sherilyn Tucker
Foundations Teaching Reading (READ 7351)
Curriculum Design (READ 7327)

Find out more:

  • Read our Best Practices Guide to the QM Rubric.
  • View the QM Self Review Tutorial to find out how to conduct a Self-Review.