College of Education and Health Professions

Rehabilitation, Human Resources and Communication Disorders

  • 106 Graduate Education Building
  • University of Arkansas
    Fayetteville, AR 72701
    Phone: 479-575-4758
    Fax: 479-575-3319

Welcome to the Department of Rehabilitation, Human Resources and Communication Disorders (RHRC) Web site. Our department is comprised of five independent academic programs that offer 12 academic degree programs. Our services are based throughout Arkansas, including research centers in Hot Springs and Little Rock. We offer the majority of our programs in Fayetteville, although we have a large and growing Internet presence.

Our programs serve more than 700 students each academic year, and these learners find commonalities in coursework and engagement in areas such as professionalism, integrity, service to others and commitment to lifelong learning. With more than 30 full-time faculty members (in addition to some leading practitioners who lend their talents as adjunct faculty) engaged in teaching and scholarship, you will find this to be a vibrant and eclectic academic environment.

Our program in Counselor Education is one of the leading in the southeastern United States. Faculty members engage in a programmatic research agenda to maximize each other's strengths and provide graduate students an in-depth intellectual experience. They have also provided leadership and collaborative support to intercollegiate athletics including counseling support for college student-athletes and their transition to college.


Communication Disorders is one of the leading undergraduate programs in the College of Education and Health Professions' Honors Program. Students pursue careers in such areas as speech-language pathology and audiology. Graduate students also gain valuable real-world experience working in the program's Speech and Hearing Clinic, a venue that supports the local community and serves a wide range of age levels.

The Higher Education program is one of the largest in the college, with a cohort-based student affairs master's program and a doctoral program designed for working professionals. The program collaborates with many offices on campus to provide internship experiences, and the doctoral program has instituted biannual cohorts to allow for easier access for students from Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri.

Rehabilitation Education and Research is ranked the No. 15 program among graduate rehabilitation counseling programs in the country by U.S. News and World Report. This program is actively engaged in community service, linking program, university, state and federal resources to advance the abilities and independence of those with disabilities. The program faculty members have been particularly engaged in work related to independent living and job placement rehabilitation counseling.

Our program in Workforce Development Education offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs. The bachelor's degree program in Human Resource Development is offered online, allowing for broad access. The master's degree is offered completely in an online format, and the doctoral program is offered in a hybrid format, including the majority of coursework offered online with several supporting courses offered on campus. Faculty members in this program have been professionally active and have held leadership roles in associations such as the Academy of Human Resource Development.

Our presence in Hot Springs is the Center for the Utilization of Rehabilitation Resources for Education, Networking, Training, and Service (CURRENTS). The center supports the Institute on Rehabilitation Issues, the Center for Independent Living and the Statewide Independent Living Council.

Please take your time exploring our programs, courses, services and faculty members. Individuals interested in additional information about programs including the admission process should contact the RHRC Graduate Student Service Coordinator at 479-575-4188 or by e-mail at

We look forward to hearing from you!

Ketevan "Kate" Mamiseishvili
Department Head
Rehabilitation, Human Resources and Communication Disorders

Program Contact

Mary Ann Toner

Counselor Education Roy Farley
Higher Education

John Murry

Rehabilitation Counseling

Brent Thomas Williams

Human Resource and
Workforce Development

Phil Gerke

Adult and Lifelong Learning

Kenda Grover - M.Ed.
Kit Kacirek - Ed.D.

Educational Statistics
and Research Methods

Ronna Turner

CURRENTS Jeanne Miller