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Distinguished Faculty

Kevin Ells KEVIN ELLS, PH.D.
Associate Professor of Mass Communication
Fulbright Scholar

Born in Nova Scotia with roots in Newfoundland, Dr. Ells worked in arts administration and small business management after finishing his undergraduate degree in business with a minor in music.  In Toronto, Dr. Ells completed a Master in Environmental Studies with a concentration in political and environmental communication at York University while teaching English and business to immigrant and refugee adult students for the Toronto School Board.  In the U.S., Dr. Ells taught at Louisiana State University-Alexandria and Linn State Tech in Missouri, and earned his Ph.D. in Communication Studies at Louisiana State University with a dissertation on environmental rhetoric.

Ells’ articles have appeared in several national and international journals including Text and Performance Quarterly, Environmental Communication, Explorations in Media EcologyDutch Quarterly Review of Studies in Literature, and the Journal of Enterprising Communities.  He was selected for the 2005 National Communication Association National Doctoral Honors Seminar in Rhetoric, a 2009 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute in Environmental Ethics, and was a 2014-15 Fulbright Scholar in Communication at Baku State University in Azerbaijan.

Juaquita HargusJUAQUITA HARGUS, ED.D.
Professor Emeritus in Elementary Education and Adjunct Professor of Curriculum and Instruction
Texas A&M University-Texarkana Alumni Award for Distinguished Faculty

Dr. Hargus received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education in Elementary Education at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. While employed by East Texas State University-Texarkana, she completed her Doctorate in Curriculum, Supervision, and Instruction with an emphasis in educational technology and a comprehensive minor in art at East Texas State University-Commerce.  Dr. Hargus, a professional educator for 52 years with 40 years of her employment in higher education, has taught Primary Grades through Graduate Studies.  Dr. Hargus has received professional awards and recognitions during her tenure in higher education.  Among the most recent by the Board of Regents of the Texas A&M University System are: Professor Emeritus, 2014;  Texas A&M Chancellor's Award for Teaching in recognition of significant impact on the preparation of teachers, 2012; Award for Regents' Initiative for Excellence in Education presented by Dr. Ann Smisko, Associate Commissioner, Curriculum, Assessment and Technology Texas Education Agency, for her work with the Professional Development School, 2005; Crystal Apple Award, 2005; Regents' Scholar, Center for Research Evaluation and Advancement of Teacher Education (CREATE), 2002.  In the year 2010, Dr. Hargus received the Texas A&M University-Texarkana Alumni Award for Distinguished Faculty.

Lisa MyersLISA MYERS, M.S.
Program Coordinator of the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS)

LearningCounts Ambassador Award and Marketing Award

She also earned a Bachelor of Science in English and Master of Science in Adult Education from Texas A&M University-Texarkana. Currently, Ms. Myers is seeking a Doctorate in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in transformative leadership at the University of New England.  Ms. Myers first came to A&M-Texarkana in 2001 with the AmeriCorps Teacher Academy.  After that project ended, she returned to teaching and serving in various K-12 leadership roles.  In 2013, Ms. Myers was elected to Redwater ISD’s Board of Trustees and returned to A&M-Texarkana.  Since accepting the role of BAAS coordinator, Ms. Myers has aligned the program with the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL); led the University in being selected to participate in a statewide initiative directed by the Texas A&M University System and CAEL; won the distinguished LearningCounts Ambassador Award, and received a $25,000 Marketing Award from the Lumina Foundation.

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