Stephen Grace

Donaghey College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Associate Professor of Biology

Staff headshot of Stephen Grace, 2023 Faculty Excellence award for Public ServiceDr. Stephen Grace is an associate professor of biology at UA Little Rock. Grace is a plant physiologist specializing in plant biochemistry and is a founding director of the UA Little Rock Campus Garden.

The UA Little Rock Campus Garden was founded in 2013 with the intent to bring together students, staff, faculty and community members who share an interest in sustainability and gardening. The primary mission of the garden is to create a viable urban farm that provides fresh local food to organizations and individuals and create an education facility on urban land use, food studies, and sustainable agriculture for students, faculty, staff, and community members.

As director, Grace oversees service and outreach activities, coordinates food delivery to food banks and other organizations, and serves as faculty advisor for the Campus Garden Alliance. The success of the garden has also created several partnerships with internal and external organizations, such as the Trojan Food Pantry, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, Arkansas Interfaith Power and Light, as well as several local businesses, such as the Root Cafe, River Valley Horticultural Products, and Common Roots Cooperative. Over the past 6 years, the garden has received grants and funding in total of $60, 400 dollars. External funding and grants has been provided by the Pulaski County Conservation District, L’Oreal, and the AHRA Emergency Relief grant. Grace’s work with the garden exemplifies the university’s role within the broader community.

Grace received a Ph.D. in Botany from Duke University and bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University.

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