FCS Faculty Profiles


Dr. Connie Phelps

Connie Phelps

Dr. Phelps came to Henderson State University with 19 years of experience in the non-formal teaching field. She received her bachelor of science in education degree in home economics from Henderson, a master's degree in general home economics from Louisiana Tech University, and a doctorate in human resource education and workforce development from Louisiana State University. She has been a faculty member at Henderson since 2009.

She has served with both the Louisiana State University Agriculture Center and the University fo Arkansas's Cooperative Extension Service as a 4-H Youth Development Specialist. Her areas of expertise were event planning, leadership, curriculum management, evaluation and reporting. Dr. Phelps has been a faculty member with the Southwest Arkansas College Preparatory Academy working with ninth and tenth graders.

She teachers FCS Semminar, Home Furnishings, Consumer Education, Textiles and Clothing, Housing, Family Resource Management, and Family Relationships. Dr. Phelps serves as advisor for FCS education majors and serves as a content supervisor for interns. She is a member of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Arkansas Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, and Phi Delta Kappan.

Ms. Penny Whelchel

Penny Whelchel

Ms. Whelchel began teaching at Henderson is the fall of 2008. She serves as the director of the didactic program in dietetics. The program has been granted initial accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics [120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995 (phone: 800-877-1600)]. Courses under Ms. Whelchel's instruction include the following: Nutrition, Community and Life Cycle Nutrition, Nutritional Needs of Young Children, Advanced Nutrition, Sports Nutrition, Food Economics, Nutrition Services Administration, Experimental Food Science, and Senior Seminar in Dietetics. 

Ms. Whelchel received her bachelor of science degree in family and consumer sciences, dietetics specialization, from Henderson in 2004. She completed her dietetic internship through Louisiana Tech University in 2005 and then went on to obtain her master of science degree in nutrition education and health promotion from Florida State University in 2006. During her internship, Ms. Whelchel was awarded the Louisiana Dietetic Association's statewide award for Outstanding Dietetic Intern. While a student at Henderson, she was a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society and the Lady Reddie cross country team, earning NCAA All-American honors.

Before coming to Henderson, Ms. Whelchel worked as the Campus Dietitian for Aramark at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was inducted into the Reddie Sports Hall of Honor in the fall of 2011 and has completed 10 marathons and four ironman triathlons.