Ronna Pennington

Curriculum Vitae


Dec. 2020      Master of Fine Arts/Creative Non-Fiction, University of Arkansas at Monticello

2013               Master of Liberal Arts, Social Sciences-History, Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, AR

1990               B.A., Mass Media Communications, Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, AR

Professional Experience: Academic

2017 to Present            Distance Education Support Specialist, College of the Ouachitas

2017 to Present            Quality Matters Teaching Online Certificate

2015 to Present            Adjunct Instructor, College of the Ouachitas

2007 to Present            Study Guide/Lesson Plan Writer, BookRags, Inc.

2013 Spring                   Graduate Assistant/Public Relations, Henderson State University
2005 to 2006                 Media Relations Coordinator, Henderson State University     

2001 Spring                   Graduate Assistant/Writing Lab, Henderson State University

2000 Fall                        Senior Assistant Advisor, College Newspaper, Henderson State University
2000 to 2001                 After School Tutor, Schools of the 21st Century, Arkadelphia Public Schools


2019     Strengthening Your Institution Through Online Student Services:  The COTO Experience
              The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development

2019     The Critical Role of Faculty Development in Online Course Design
              Instructional Technology Conference

2018     Strengthening Our Institution through Online Student Services                     
              Arkansas Community Colleges conference

2017     First Steps in Title III Grant Implementation: The Quality Matters Teaching Online Certificate Program
              Arkansas Community Colleges conference

2016     Oral History Workshops,  Hot Spring County Historical Society  

2016     The History of Malvern Newspapers, Malvern Lions Club

2015     The Community Newspaper as a Watch Dog, College of the Ouachitas Honors College speaker series

2014     Battle of Okolona: Civil War Cannonball Discovery, Hot Spring County Historical Society


2015     Merging Dragons and Leopards: Desegregating the Malvern School District (book).

2015     New Media for Old Journalists: How to Turn Your Newspaper Experience into an Online Writing Job (book).

2015     "Winnie Lambert is Going on 100," Hot Spring County Historical Society's The Heritage.

2014     Political Q&A, Yahoo Contributor Network.

2013     "The Patient Provider Connection: More Turning to Social Media," Healthcare Journal of Little Rock.

2012     Various articles about Hot Spring County history for the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture Online.

2012     "My Roland Prince Story," Arkansas Wildlife Officer Magazine.

Current Research/Pending Publication

Fall 2019         (Pending) Biographies for a national Women's Suffrage Movement online archive.

Researching     Bused In: Making a Way for Education in the Jim Crow South

Researching     Women's Roles in the Central High Crisis

Areas of Specialization

  • Race relations in the South
  • The American West
  • Women's History
  • Community History
  • Oral History
  • African American History

College Classes Taught

  • Civilization Through the 16th Century (online)
  • Civilization Since the 16th Century (online)
  • American National Government
  • Oral Communications
  • Principles of Collegiate Success
  • Student Opportunities for Success
  • COTO Honors College: Prevail
  • COTO Honors College: Invisible Gorilla
  • COTO Honors College: Gangsters
  • Newspaper Staff
  • Writing Lab

References available upon request.