Meet the staff

Dr. Carla Swearingen

Dean of Faculty Development and Director of Office for the Advancement of Teaching, Learning & Scholarship
cswearingen@jbu.edu
479.524.1528
Though Dr. Swearingen graduated from Hendrix College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, her real love was chemistry. She went on to earn a doctorate in analytical chemistry from Loyola University Chicago, and then completed a three year position as a postdoctoral research associate at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Swearingen came to JBU in 2005 as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011. She wrote and served as Principal Investigator for an NSF S-STEM grant from 2010-2015. In addition, she has served as the Chemistry Department Head, Assistant Director of Faculty Development, Coordinator of New Faculty Mentoring, and Chair of the Campus Diversity Planning Committee. In 2015, she became JBU’s inaugural Dean of Faculty Development and Director of the Office for Advancement of Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship. 

 

Kathy Hogan

Senior Instructional Designer
khogan@jbu.edu
479.524.7340
After receiving her B.S.E. in Business Education from the University of Arkansas, Kathy taught Business Education to 7-12 grade students. She did that for 15 years, then decided to switch careers. She joined the JBU Information Technology Services staff as the help desk coordinator in 1998. In 2007 she became the Director of Instructional Technology helping coordinate with classroom technology, media lab, and events technology. In 2009 Kathy received her Master's degree in Educational Technology from the University of Arkansas and joined the Office of Distance Learning as Instructional Designer. JBU received a grant in 2011 to develop 3 fully online degrees for Degree Completion. Kathy served as instructional designer on that project.

 

Kim Johnson

Instructional Designer
kijohnson@jbu.edu
479.524.7476

After earning her B.S.E. in Early Childhood Education from John Brown University in 2007, Kim spent several years teaching in the classroom followed by several years of teaching and coaching virtually. She received her Master of Educational Technology degree from Boise State University in 2015. Kim joined the ATLAS team in January of 2016 as an instructional designer. In addition to instructional design for face-to-face and online courses and providing support for faculty, some areas of special interest include synchronous and blended synchronous learning environments, asynchronous discussion, video creation, and technology integration. Kim is a Google Certified Educator, and she is currently pursuing a doctorate in educational technology at Boise State University.

 

Peggy Wolken

Administrative Assistant and State Authorization Specialist
pwolken@jbu.edu
479.524.1544
Before coming to Siloam Springs in 1999, Peggy Wolken and her husband and their two children lived in Rapid City, South Dakota. She worked as a Legal Assistant in a law firm for 20 years. Prior to that she worked for five years in the felonies division of the Pennington County States Attorney. Peggy began working at John Brown University as an Administrative Assistant in 2004. She also serves as a State Authorization specialist managing JBU’s authorization to offer distance learning to students living in states other than Arkansas.