Graduate Handbook-The University of Arkansas, Division, Experiment Stations, Extension Services

The University of Arkansas

The University of Arkansas is composed of a system of universities and community colleges. It includes the flagship campus of the University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, the University of Arkansas - Little Rock, University of Arkansas - Pine Bluff, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, the University of Arkansas - Monticello, the University of Arkansas - Ft. Smith and a series of community colleges at Helena, Stuttgart, DeWitt, Hope, Batesville, Morrilton and DeQueen. The System has over 34,000 students and 11,000 employees. It is administered by the President, the Chancellors and the Vice-President for Agriculture.

In 1871, the University was established in Fayetteville as a Land Grant University under the Morrill Act of 1862. A campus in Pine Bluff was later established in 1873. A medical campus in Little Rock was next added in 1911. Subsequent campuses were added, primarily in the last 30 years, with the University of Arkansas - Ft. Smith being the most recent addition in 2001.

The University of Arkansas - Fayetteville serves as the major center of liberal arts and professional education and as the land grant campus in the state. It is the major source of theoretical and applied research for the state and, as such, it has a wide range of public service responsibilities to the state and nation. UA-Fayetteville strives to be recognized for excellence in its nationally competitive programs. The University of Arkansas System offers a broad spectrum of academic programs leading to baccalaureate, masters, doctoral and professional degrees. It provides not only the traditional disciplines within the arts, humanities, social and natural sciences, but also in areas such as agriculture, food, and life sciences, architecture, business, education, engineering, and law.

The Division of Agriculture

The Division of Agriculture is one of 13 major units of the University of Arkansas System. The Division is a statewide campus, with faculty based on University campuses, at Research and Extension Centers and in every Arkansas County. It consists of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES) and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (ACES), and is home to more than 1400 employees. The Division was established in 1950 and is headed by the Vice-President for Agriculture, who is an officer of the University of Arkansas System. The Division headquarters are located in Little Rock with the rest of the University of Arkansas System Administration. The Division has responsibility and budgetary authority for the agricultural research and extension missions for the University of Arkansas, and provides research and extension programs to support Arkansas agriculture and its rural communities. Programs include Cooperative Extension Service faculty in all 75 counties, and Agricultural Experiment Station and Extension faculty at five university campuses and at five Research and Extension Centers throughout the state. Most of the campus faculty in Entomology with appointments in the AAES also have teaching appointments as faculty in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences (DBCAFLS).
The AAES maintains a statewide presence through its research and outreach activities that focus broadly on 1) Providing knowledge in the biological, physical and social sciences necessary to optimize the profitability, sustainability and productivity of the State’s agricultural resources, while fostering stewardship of natural and human resources; 2) Improving individual, family and community well being through the discovery and dissemination of knowledge in the agricultural, food, life and environmental sciences; and 3.) Promoting and developing benefits for Arkansas as a viable part of the global economy, AAES faculty conduct research on the dynamic environmental, economic and social systems involved in the production, processing, marketing, utilization and policy of food and fiber, as well as the social well being of rural residents and communities. Research in the AAES is conducted by faculty organized in the same disciplined-oriented departments that are found in the DBCAFLS, the Research and Extension Centers and/or other campuses around the state (e.g., UA - Pine Bluff, UA - Monticello or Arkansas State University in Jonesboro).

The ACES is headquartered in Little Rock and has offices in each county. CES faculty develop and conduct educational programs, research and demonstrations to assist and support the state’s agricultural industry, families, youth, businesses, communities and the environment. CES provides research-based information to help the citizens of Arkansas improve their economic well-being and quality of life.

Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station

State Headquarters & Departments, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

  • Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Education and Communication Technology
  • Animal Science
  • Crop, Soil & Environmental Sciences
  • Entomology
  • Food Science
  • Horticulture
  • Plant Pathology
  • Poultry Science
  • Human Environmental Sciences

Cooperative Extension Services State Headquarters & Divisions, Little Rock

  • Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Crop, Soil & Environmental Science
  • Animal Science
  • Economic & Community Development
  • Environmental & Natural Resources
  • Horticulture
  • Pest Management
  • Poultry Science
  • Family & Consumer Science
  • 4-H & Youth
  • District Directors
    • Delta
    • Ouachita
    • Ozark
  • County Programs
    • Agricultural & Natural Resources
    • Family & Consumer Science
    • 4-H & Youth Development

Research & Extension Centers & Branch Stations

  • Arkansas Agricultural Research & Extension Center, Fayetteville
  • Northeast Research & Extension Center, Keiser
  • Cotton Branch Station, Marianna
  • Delta Branch Station, Clarkdale
  • Rice Research & Extension Center, Stuttgart
  • Southeast Research & Extension Center, Monticello
  • Southeast Branch Station, Rohwer
  • Southwest Research & Extension Center, Hope
  • Fruit Substation, Clarksville
  • Livestock & Forestry Station, Batesville
  • Pine Tree Branch Station, Colt
  • Vegetable Substation, Alma

Other Units

  • Arkansas Forest Resources Center, Monticello
  • Institute of Food Science & Engineering, Fayetteville
  • Soil Testing & Research Laboratory, Marianna
  • UA/ASU Cooperative Research, Jonesboro
  • CES Agricultural Center, Lonoke
  • UAPB Cooperative Research & Extension, Pine Bluff
  • Center of Excellence for Poultry Science

The Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences

The Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences (DBCAFLS) has primary responsibility for the teaching mission. The College is divided into 11 academic units with 15 B.S. degree programs, 13 M.S. degree programs and six Ph.D. degree programs. Enrollments for the Spring 2006 semester included 1,447 students, of which 1,177 are undergraduates and 270 are in graduate programs. The promotion and tenure process is primarily administered through the academic units and the College.

The major academic units of the College include:

Department of Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness
Department of Agricultural Education and Communication Technology
Department of Animal Science
Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Science
Department of Entomology
Department of Food Science
Department of Horticulture
Department of Plant Pathology
Department of Poultry Science
School of Human Environmental Sciences

The College is administered through the Dean, who concurrently holds the title of Associate Vice-President for Agriculture and functions as the chief operating officer for the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station. The academic units are administered by Department Heads or, in the case of the School of Human Environmental Sciences, a School Director. The academic unit heads are responsible for the teaching and research programs for the College and the Agricultural Experiment Station. In some disciplines, the academic unit heads also function as the Extension Section Leaders for their respective discipline.

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