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Staff & Faculty

Arkansas NSF EPSCoR Central Office

Tom Chilton

Division Director, Science and Technology


Cathy Ma

Program Administrator, Arkansas NSF EPSCoR

(501) 683-4422

Jennifer Shelton

Director of Education, Outreach, & Diversity for Arkansas NSF EPSCoR

(501) 683-4419

Dr. Steve Stanley

Program Director, Arkansas NSF EPSCoR

(501) 683-4408

Executive Management Team

The Arkansas NSF EPSCoR Executive Management Team is headed by Program Director, Dr. Steve Stanley who serves as the Principal Investigator (PI) for the Arkansas RII Track-1 Award. Dr. Stanley is responsible for overall program management and directs all outreach and oversight of professional development efforts.

The Central Management team also employs seven campus administrators to assist in inter-university collaborations, reporting and strategic planning related to the project. These representatives work to ensure project implementation and information flow between campuses and the EPSCoR Central Office.

Dr. Stephanie Bellar
University of Central Arkansas

Dr. Mary Benjamin
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Dr. Paula Casey
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Dr. Larry Cornett
University of Arkansas for Medical Science

Dr. Hazel Ervin
Philander Smith College

Dr. Jim Rankin
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

Dr. Andy Sustich
Arkansas State University

Dr. Phil Tappe
University of Arkansas at Monticello

Dr. Clarence Watson
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Division of Agriculture

The Executive Management Team receives the support of an External Advisory Board and three Technical Advisory Committees specific to the research focal areas.

State Science Advisory Committee

The State Science Advisory Committee is an advisory committee to the Board of the AEDC Division of Science and Technology, making recommendations for strategies, research focal areas and partnerships that will benefit the state of Arkansas, help accomplish the mission of the AEDC Division of Science and Technology and align with the goals of targeted federal sponsors.

The complete list of members can be found on The Committee Page.