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Who We Are


PSD Faculty and Staff 

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Karen Ballard, MSW, Ed.D.

Professor - Program Evaluation

  • Evaluation Consultation & Training
  • Soybean Science Challenge PI 

Contact Information: 
(501) 671-2218

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Janie Bryant

Administrative Specialist III

  • Departmental Support
  • Project Management
  • Event Planning and Training Support
  • Requisition Processing
  • CEU Processing and Contact

Contact Information: 
(501) 671-2086

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Armenta Lockhart, M.A.

Instructional Design Specialist

  • Online curriculum development
  • Online cours instructor support

Contact Information: 
(501) 671-5805

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Gretchen Skinner, M.A.

In-Service Training and Distance Education Manager

  • Administration and management of the web-based Extension training system ( and the web-based public courses system (
  • Coordination of the in-service training review and approval process
  • Teaching and technical assistance support for online course development and instruction

Contact Information: 
(501) 671-2130

Diane Mashburn, Program and Staff Development Diane Mashburn, M.Sc.

Instructor - Program Planning, Evaluation and Accountability Coordinator

  • Faculty Consultation and Training related to Program Planning, Evaluation and Accountability
  • Extension Plan of Work Development
  • Administration and Management of the Extension Accountability System (AIMS) 
  • USDA NIFA Plan of Work and Annual Report Processes

Contact Information: 
(501) 671-2351

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Rich Poling, Ph.D.

Director - Program and Staff Development

  • Departmental Planning and Management
  • Extension Faculty Core Curriculum Planning, Management & Training
  • Support Staff Core Curriculum Planning, Management & Training
  • Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Program Administration
  • Program Development & Evaluation Consultation and Training
  • Group Facilitation
  • Onboarding and Mentoring Program Development

Contact Information: 
(501) 671-2084

Julie Robinson, PhD

Julie Robinson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor - Instructional Designer 

  • Faculty Consultation and Training
  • Online Curriculum Development 
  • Educational Product Planning and Evaluation 

Contact Information: 
(501) 671-2082

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Lynn Wilson, Ph.D.

Professional Assistant II 

  • Soybean Science Challenge Project Coordinator

Contact Information: 
(501) 671-2309

University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture

Program and Staff Development

Cooperative Extension Service
2301 South University Avenue
Room 103
Little Rock, Arkansas 72204

Contact us at: Phone - 501-671-2086 or Fax - 501-671-2056



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