Cheryl Johnston has been a UA Little Rock faculty member since 1992. She is a senior instructor in the Department of Applied Communication. She has been lauded as a “champion” for student growth and strives to expose her students to an inclusive and friendly environment.
Johnston works to “light many fires” in her students and motivate them to learn. She uses assessment, student interaction, and an applied teaching style. She works hard to make sure her classes are accessible to all students, particularly those with disabilities. She worked with World Services for the Blind to learn more about integrating universal design practices into her content delivery.
In addition to communication courses, Johnston works with students seeking a minor in information technology. She believes staying abreast of emerging practices in the field of communication. She conducts her own research to help students understand the impact of communication in technology. She encourages students to improve their communication skills and participate in service learning opportunities.
Johnston is a member of the Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence (ATLE) at UA Little Rock and was awarded the Professional Faculty Member of the Year for College of Professional Studies award in 2014. The following year, she was awarded the College Level Community Outreach Award.
She has conducted communication training events and workshops with UA Little Rock’s Panhellenic Council; Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology (EIT) and Welcome Week New Student Orientations. She is enthusiastic about sharing the value of communication with the community through organizations like the American Heart Association, Service Match Academy, and her church.
Johnston is a UA Little Rock alumna who holds an M.A. in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication and a B.A. in Speech Communication.