Faculty and Staff

Faculty

Dr. Gary Smithey
Professor/Chair Advanced Instructional Studies
870-230-5361

Ms. Carolyn Dyer
Assistant Professor of Special Education
870-230-5282

Carolyn Dyer joined HSU and has served as an Assistant Professor in Special Education since beginning in the Summer of 2008. She serves as the advisor for the Developmental Therapist Program at Henderson State University. Mrs. Dyer’s expertise is in the areas of mild to moderate disabilities and working with students with emotional behavior disorders. She has extensive experience working in a special education resource classroom as well as experience working in the alternative learning environment in the public school setting. Mrs. Dyer also served as special education supervisor for six years in the public school setting. Mrs. Dyer works closely with the Arkansas Department of Disabilities Services and Department of Human Services and First Connections as a member of the State System Improvement Stakeholder group.  She received the Henderson State University Founders Day Award in 2013 for Faculty Excellence. Carolyn is a graduate of Henderson State University with a BSE degree and dual certification in Special Education K-12 and Elementary Education in 1997, MSE degree in School Counseling 2001, and a CPA degree in Special Education Supervision. She is currently pursuing her doctorate (Ed.D.) in Educational Psychology at Regent State University. Mrs. Dyer also serves as a lead reviewer for CAEP for national accreditation of CEC SPA reports. She has presented at local, state and national CEC conferences. She has been an active member of CEC Council for Exceptional Children since 1997 and is also a member of ASCD Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and  ARMEA Arkansas Mental Health in Education Association. She teaches graduate courses offered in Special Education Programs in the Department of Teachers College Henderson. She teaches the following courses: Methods of Instruction for Mild to Moderate Disabilities, Advanced Studies in Early Childhood Special Education, Advanced Strategies in Early Childhood Interventions, Psychology of the Exceptional Child and Practicum. Additional duties include academic advising, university/college/department committee service, research, and Specialized Professional Association (SPA) responsibilities.

Dr. Glenda Lee Hyer
Assistant Professor of Special Education
870-230-5205

Glenda Hyer, Ed.D., currently serves as an Assistant Professor in Special Education at Henderson State University. Her expertise and research interest are in the area of severe to profound and autism. Before coming to Henderson State University, Dr. Hyer served as the grant coordinator for a Personnel Preparation Grant at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. In addition, Dr. Hyer taught a variety of classes as a visiting professor for Western Carolina University. Previously, Dr. Hyer worked for ten years as a public school and private school special education teacher and has worked with a variety of ages and disabilities.  Dr. Hyer graduate in 2007 from Western Carolina University with a Master of Arts in Teaching degree. In 2012, Dr. Hyer completed her Ed.D. degree in Teaching and Learning with an emphasis on Severe to Profound disabilities. Her dissertation was nominated for best dissertation in 2012, and she has presented her research from her dissertation at international, national and regional conferences.

As a researcher, Dr. Hyer has published several articles in the field of Special Education. Her most recent article, Blending Common Core Standards and Functional Skills in Thematic Units for Students with Significant Intellectual Disabilities, was published fall 2014 in the Journal of the American Academy of Social Education Professionals (JAASEP). Dr. Hyer continues to present her research at international, national and regional conferences and recently presented at the 2014 TASH national conference on Teaching Thematic Units Connect to the Common Core to Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities.

Dr. Hyer teaches ungraduated and graduate courses offered in Special Education Programs in the Department of Teachers College Henderson. She teaches the following courses: Methods of Instruction for Severe to Profound Students, Introduction to Autism, Psychology of the Exceptional Child and Practicum. Additional duties include academic advising, university/college/department committee service, research, and Specialized Professional Association (SPA) responsibilities.

Dr. Peggy Keaton Woodall
Assistant Professor of Special Education
870-230-5213

Dr. Peggy Woodall is an associate tenured professor in the Advanced Instructional Studies department.  She teaches courses in both special education and education leadership.  Her career in the field of education spans over 40 years of active roles in both special education and public school administration as well as adjunct and professor roles in higher education.  She holds licensures in Kansas and California as well as a life time teaching certificate in Arkansas.  Her credentials for the licenses include full endorsement in gifted and special education categories and three administrative levels as principal, supervisor and superintendent.  Dr. Woodall holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arkansas and a Master of Science in Gifted Education and Special Education Administration from Ft. Hays Kansas State University.  Her doctorate degree is from the University of Santa Barbara California in Special Education and Legal Issues.  Her dissertation was entitled “Providing a Positive Communication Network to Parents to Lessen the Litigious Environment within the School Setting”.  She received high praises on the research project which resulted in more parent involvement in the school district and fewer legal filings.  Her commitment to being both student and parent advocacy has a strong impact on her teaching philosophy of “Reach one, Teach one.” She continuously strives to provide instruction and guidance to her students which reflect practical and relevant curriculum strategies and ideas in the field of special education and administration.

With a broad base of core special education knowledge ranging from Behavior Management to Autism, she has presented at local, state and national levels.  Internationally, Dr. Woodall has delivered several paper presentations on topics covering:  Autism on the Rise; Effects of Private School vs. Public School and Data Disaggregation and Analyzing the Numbers.  She has edited for textbook publishers, co-authored a textbook for special education administrators and served on numerous state education committees. She is an active member of Council of Exceptional Children, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Legal Research.  

Ms. Beth Wyatt
Assistant Professor of Reading
870-230-5274

Staff

Mrs. Paula Golden
Administrative Specialist
870-230-5335

See faculty and staff in the Educational Leadership area.