Born and raised in northern Montana, I have been enjoying this wonderful southern climate for the past 20 years with my husband, Bill, and our 3 kids, Collin, Layne, and Eliza. I've been an adjunct in the math department since 2012 and especially enjoy teaching Finite and Quantitative Literacy, along with working with students in the Math Center. When I'm not at NWACC, I'm generally at one of our restaurants (Flaps Down Grill and The Grove---ALWAYS hiring, seriously!), New Tech High School, an RHS Band Booster or wrestling event, stuck in a car rider line, or reading a book on my deck listening to the fountains in my koi ponds.
Kim Crank is an adjunct English instructor who relocated to NWA from St. Louis, MO, where she earned a Master of Arts in Teaching at Webster University and BS in Ed. at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She taught 7-12 English in a large suburban district there for 20 years and loves the opportunity to help adult learners at NWACC polish their English skills on their way to earning life-changing degrees.
Vicki Hodges has served as an adjunct English instructor at NWACC since obtaining her Master's at the University of Arkansas in May of 1999, teaching at various locations in Northwest Arkansas, including Lincoln High School, Har-ber School of Nursing, the Washington County Sheriff's Department, and currently online. With Bachelor's degrees in Spanish and Social Work, Vicki has taught high school Spanish, plus has worked with populations from abused/neglected children to the elderly residents in nursing homes. She maintains her license in Social Work, a degree helpful in her efforts to empower NWACC's developmental writing students in her face-to-face classes. She also works with high school students (low-income, first-generation college students) through Upward Bound at the U of A in the summer and on weekends during the school year. She works as an online academic coach through Instructional Connections, enjoys freelance writing, tutors online, and completes occasional editing projects. Vicki has had a variety of jobs in the fields of teaching and social work, but she feels she has found her niche at NWACC working with students to reach their full potential.
Gary Bender is a full-time faculty member in the Mathematics, Physics, and Engineering department at Northwest Arkansas Community College. He holds a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Arizona and an MA in Mathematics from the University of Georgia. His academic interests include education, number theory, and information theory. He teaches developmental and transfer mathematics courses and is EMPACTS co-facilitator for his department. He has previously held roles including Upward Bound instructor and faculty advisor at NWACC. Prior to joining NWACC's team, he served on the faculty of Pima Community College, Tucson, Arizona. Gary enjoys a rural lifestyle at his home in southwest Missouri.
Carl Collier is an Associate Professor of English in the Communication & Arts division. He graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Central Arkansas in 1994, and he received his M.A. in English from Mississippi State University in 1998. He has been teaching since 2001, first as a high school instructor at West Campus Technical Center in Fayetteville and then as a full-time faculty member with Northwest Arkansas Community College.
Mary Beth Haas
Mary Beth Haas is a full-time instructor in the Graphic Design Department. She was the Director of Student Life at NWACC for several years, and her commitment to student success - both academically and socially - is alive and well in her classrooms. She believes that faculty is the face of NWACC to students, and anything that affects our faculty also affects the students
I am an ESL instructor in the Adult Education Division. I earned my BA from the University of Kansas and my MA from National University (San Diego). I have worked at NWACC for 8 years.
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I, Professor Denise Nemec, am an Arkansawyer from birth. I came to northwest Arkansas in the late '70s for graduate school at UAF and never left. Here at NWACC, I teach composition and journalism classes, work in the Writing Center, advise the student newspaper, and try to do my part on committees and for students. I began teaching full time in fall 1998 after three semesters of part time work, and it's been an interesting, challenging, and fun journey! I feel blessed to work at a solid school with superior faculty, staff, and administrators. Most folks call me by my nickname Nese, which is pronounced KNEE-see. I am proud to serve as the Communication and Arts Division senator and plan to represent those faculty and any others who ask to the best of my abilities.
Joe Timpe is a full-time member of the math department and serves as the department co-chair. He teaches all levels of mathematics. He has been teaching math since 1989. He is from the Chicago area (Cubs fan!), where he received his education and began his career. He holds MS degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana and the University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition to teaching in the Chicago area, he has taught in Las Vegas and the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He has been at NWACC for 5 years and is enjoying NWA.
Like many of our students, I began my college career at a community college but quit after two semesters to raise a family. When my daughter entered high school, I went back and finished my Associates degree in General Studies at Longview Community College in Lee's Summit, Mo (1988), and then transferred to the University of Missouri – Kansas City where I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics (December 1993). I graduated with Honors one week to the day before my daughter earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Geography (also with Honors) from the University of Missouri – Maryville. Jenny moved to Davis, CA to pursue a Master's degree in Atmospheric Science at the University of California - Davis, and one year later, I gave up my job as Postmaster, Strasburg MO, to pursue full-time graduate study at Syracuse University. While at SU, I earned two Masters of Philosophy degrees – one in Sociology (1998), the other in Social Science (2014) and left the Ph.D. program in Social Science ABD (all but dissertation). My teaching experience includes adjunct work at Johnson County Community College and Butler County Community College, both in Kansas, and a dozen years working as an adjunct instructor of Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies at Syracuse University. As a graduate student and adjunct instructor at Syracuse University, I developed and delivered 15 different Sociology courses, worked as a Facilitator for the Intergroup Dialogue Program, and served a 3-year term as Assistant Director of the Women's Studies Program.
Tim McGinn is a full-time faculty member in the English department part of the Communication and Arts Division at NWACC. He teaches composition, literature and creative writing classes and helps out with our brand new Associate of Fine Arts Degree program. He has been teaching here since 1995, first as an adjunct faculty member and then as temporary full-time instructor and then as a full-time instructor. He hails from Chicago, Illinois where he obtained both his undergraduate and master's degrees from Chicago schools. Overall he has been teaching for 31 years. This is his second year as the Faculty Senate President. He is a strong believer in shared governance with faculty and administration and staff all working together for the benefit of our students.