Dr. Hammons began his higher education career in administration serving in a variety of student services positions at Southern Illinois University. He was then Assistant-to-the Campus Director, and Acting Campus Director at Miami-Dade Community College, and the founding Dean of the College of Burlington County College (New Jersey). Prior to coming to the University of Arkansas, he was a researcher-professor and research associate working at the National Laboratory for Higher Education in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at Penn State University. He joined the University of Arkansas faculty in 1976, has chaired over 80 doctoral dissertations, and served as the Program Coordinator for 20 years.
- College and university management and leadership
- Faculty development
- Student success
- Leadership and management in higher education
- Community colleges
- Instructional design and teaching strategies
- Techniques of research
- Ph.D., University of Texas, Educational Administration, 1966
- M.S., Southern Illinois University, Higher Education, 1964
- B.S., Northwestern State Univiersity of Louisiana, Mathematics/Political Science, 1959
- Watts, G.E., & Hammons, J.O. (2002). Professional development: Setting the context. New Directions for Community Colleges, 120, pp. 5-11.
- Berry, L.H., Hammons, J.O., & Denny, G. (2001). Faculty retirement turnover in community colleges: A real or imagined problem? Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 25(2), 123-137.
- Path, B.R., & Hammons, J.O. (1999). General education in community colleges: A time for reexamination. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 23(5), 467-481.
- Underwood, J.C., & Hammons, J.O. (1999). Past, present, and future variations in community college organizational structure. Community College Review, 26(4), 39-61.
Dr. Hammons’ primary research interests focus on the community college and developing the human potential to make them more effective and efficient. He is the past President of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges and is a member of the University of Texas’ Community College Leadership Hall of Fame.
He has assisted over 200 colleges and universities in 41 states and provinces and spoken at more than 300 national conferences. He has authored over 100 publications, including two books and more than 70 refereed journal articles. Four of the dissertations he has chaired have won national recognition.