The Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas will welcome Mike Hemphill to its faculty as Professor of Practice beginning this fall.
Hemphill, who serves as Director of Leadership Development for the Clinton Foundation and previously worked with the Clinton School from 2005 through 2010, will teach Professional Communication and Civic Engagement to students in the school’s Master of Public Service degree program.
Hemphill joined the Clinton School faculty in 2005 before being as hired as the school's first full-time faculty member in the spring of 2006. He went on to serve as the school’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer.
“We are thrilled to have Mike back at the Clinton School,” said Dean Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto. “He brings with him more than 30 years of teaching and administrative experience in higher education. His leadership of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program has been outstanding and makes him a truly unique educator and asset to our students.”
In his current role as Director of Leadership Development for the Clinton Foundation, Hemphill is co-director of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program, a joint national collaboration among four presidential centers – Lyndon B. Johnson (Austin, Texas), George H.W. Bush (College Station, Texas), William J. Clinton (Little Rock, Ark.), and George W. Bush (Dallas, Texas) and – that provides interactive and nonpartisan leadership development. The program includes the involvement of President Clinton and President George W. Bush along with senior members of four presidential administrations and nationally-recognized leadership faculty.
“I was thrilled when Dean Soto offered me the opportunity to reconnect with the Clinton School,” Hemphill said. “The four years I spent there when the school first opened were a special time in my career. I’m looking forward to being back in the classroom and working with students who have such a strong commitment to making our world a better place.”
Hemphill served as Provost of Centenary College of Louisiana and spent more than 20 years on the faculty of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he was Chair of the Department of Speech Communication and Dean of the College of Professional Studies.
Included among his many awards and accolades is the Ross Excellence in Teaching Award, presented annually by the Arkansas State Board of Higher Education to the outstanding teacher among all faculty within the University of Arkansas System.
Hemphill, whose teaching and scholarship are focused on interpersonal and organizational communication, earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. in organizational communication from the University of Iowa.
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