Dr. Susan Hoffpauir is Professor and Academic Dean at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. Previously, she served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Academic Policy at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Under Hoffpauir’s leadership, the Clinton School has expanded its community partnerships in Arkansas, across the nation, and around the world. Clinton School students work with these partners on community and organizational change projects tied to curricular requirements. In Hoffpauir’s tenure, the Office of Field Services has built a policy and curricular infrastructure that supports partnerships with 44 international host organizations on six continents.
Since joining the Clinton School, Hoffpauir led an institutional curriculum review and revision effort that resulted in a more cohesive curricular design, conducted the school’s first self-study, and wrote the 10-year program review required by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. Additionally, she facilitated the planning and development of the new online Executive Master of Public Service program which is set to launch in March 2018.
Hoffpauir completed her bachelor’s degree in social welfare at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She earned a master of social work from Michigan State University before earning her master of arts in developmental psychology and Ph.D. in social work and social science from the University of Michigan. She completed a professional development program at the Harvard Institute of Management and Leadership Education.
Hoffpauir was a co-presenter of “Defining ‘Service’ in Service Learning,” at the 2015 Gulf South Summit in Little Rock. In 2012, she was a co-presenter of “So You Want to be an Administrator: Assessing the Goodness-of-Fit,” at the Leadership Development Institute, Council on Social Work Education in Washington, D.C.
At UA Little Rock, Hoffpauir led the institution’s regional accreditation review by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, which resulted in reaccreditation of the institution for the maximum 10-year period. She also designed and established the Bachelor of Social Work program, which earned full accreditation in 2005.
She has served as both president and vice president of the board of directors of the Arkansas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She was co-principal investigator on a $175,000 grant from the Arkansas Department of Health to create a mental health crisis response training curriculum and protocol that were used to train over 250 mental health professionals who delivered care to over 750 Hurricane Katrina survivors displaced in Arkansas in 2005.
The Clinton School Speaker Series not only enhances the education of Clinton School students, but also provides a venue for the public to engage in intellectual discussions on the issues of the day.