New Director for COPH Student Affairs
Eric Flowers, MS, is the new Director of the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) at the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, effective April 1. For the past five months, Mr. Flowers served as the OSA’s interim director, while continuing as OSA’s Public Health Practice Coordinator. In that position since January 2013, he provided direction and support to students, faculty, and site preceptors involved in students’ final projects.
Mr. Flowers has nearly 12 years of experience working in the public health sector. He joined UAMS in 2005 as the program manager for a tobacco cessation program, having previously worked at the Arkansas Minority Health Commission as outreach coordinator. His past professional experience in education includes working in diversity affairs while a student at Southern Arkansas University (SAU) and teaching high school science. He currently serves as adjunct faculty at Pulaski Technical College, where he teaches a seminar on student success, and at University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), where he teaches graduate courses in student affairs programming and management and student development theory.
In the past two years in OSA, he has helped put in place policies and procedures to improve the administration of the student capstones, built relationships in the community with potential hosts for student practice experiences, advised students, and designed workshops to enable student success as they complete their degree programs, and pursue professional opportunities. In addition, Mr. Flowers is completing a doctorate in educational leadership and administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock; he will defend his dissertation this summer. He holds a master’s degree in college student personnel with a concentration in higher education from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville and a bachelor’s degree in biological science from SAU.