The College of Arts & Humanities
EDUCATION: Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, 1995. M.A., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 1990. B.G.S., University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1983.
Dr. Tarver was the recipient of the 2007 Faculty Excellence Award for Scholarship
from Arkansas Tech University, a 2006 Fulbright-Hays Award for Advanced study in Mexico,
a 2001-03 Fulbright Alumni Initiative Award, and a 1998-99 Fulbright Senior Scholar
to Venezuela. He was also a participant in a 2004 Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad
for advanced study in China. Tarver is the author/co-author of Warren G. Harding: Harbinger of Normalcy with Dr. Diane Gleason (Nova Science Publishers, 2012), The History of Venezuela with Julia Frederick [Palgrave Essential Histories series] (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006),
The History of Venezuela with Julia Frederick (Greenwood Publishing Group, 2005), The Rise and Fall of Venezuelan President Carlos Andrés Pérez: An Historical Examination,
Volume II: The Later Years, 1973-2004 (The Edwin Mellen Press, 2004), El Fracaso de un Sueño: Un Breve Análisis de la Insurgencia en Venezuela, 1960-1968 (Universidad de Los Andes Consejo de Publicaciones, 2004), and The Rise and Fall of Venezuelan President Carlos Andrés Pérez: An Historical Examination,
Volume I: The Early Years, 1936-1973 (The Edwin Mellen Press, 2001). He is the editor of World History Encyclopedia, Era 8: Crisis and Achievement, 1900-1945 (ABC-CLIO, 2011) and associate editor of The Cambridge World History of Food (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and The Cambridge World History of Human Disease (Cambridge University Press, 1993) [Kenneth F. Kiple, Editor]. He is the author of
several articles and encyclopedic entries. Among his awards and fellowships are a
2002 Special Humanities Award from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and
a 2001-02 Fellowship from the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History. He is
a past Chairman of the Gran Colombian Studies Committee of the Conference on Latin
American History, past Executive Secretary of the Southeast World History Association,
and past President of the Southeast World History Association. Dr. Tarver is immediate-past
Editor of the World History Bulletin. Dr. Tarver has been at Arkansas Tech since 2002.
Mrs. Paula Facundus
Mrs. Paula Facundus currently serves as the Administrative Specialist for the Office
of the Dean. Prior to her promotion to the Dean's Office, Mrs. Facundus worked as
a receptionist in the Office of Admissions and as the administrative specialist for
the Department of History and Political Science. Mrs. Facundus worked in the Ola School
District before coming to Arkansas Tech University in 2003.
About the College
The College of Arts & Humanities is composed of six departments. The Department of Art offers degrees in Art Education and Art, with options in the Fine Arts and Graphic Design. The Department of Behavioral Sciences offers degrees in Psychology, Sociology, and Rehabilitation Science. The Department of English and World Languages offers degrees in English, English Education, and Creative Writing. The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is one of the few such undergraduate degree programs in the United States. The Department also offers a degree Spanish, as well as Foreign Language Education. The Department of History and Political Science offers degrees in History, Political Science, Public History, and Social Studies Education, as well as an option in Pre-Law. The Department of Music offers degrees in Music and Music Education. The Department of Speech, Theater, and Journalism offers degrees in Journalism, Journalism Education, Speech (with a Theater option), and Speech Education. The College also offers an Associate Degree in General Studies. On the graduate level the College of Arts & Humanities offers the Master of Arts Degree in English, the Master of Arts Degree in English with TESL Option, the Master of Arts Degree in History, the Master of Arts Degree in Multi-Media Journalism, the Master of Arts Degree in Spanish, the Master of Arts Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, the Master of Liberal Arts, and the Master of Science in Psychology.
The Faculty of the College of Arts & Humanities is made up of 90 full-time faculty, the majority of whom have earned doctorates or other terminal degrees. In addition to teaching, the faculty in the various departments conduct research and attend national meetings in their respective disciplines. They also participate in art shows, concerts, recitals, symphonies, and theatrical productions.
Upon completing their degree programs, Arts & Humanities graduates are successful both in entering the work force and in seeking graduate or professional degrees. Our graduates enter the work force through private business; national, state, and local government; and secondary school certification. Many also successfully enter law school or go on to Masters’ level graduate programs.