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Tom Arnold Bennett

Tom Arnold Bennett

Organizational Development/School Support Program Leader, Arkansas Leadership Academy

College of Education and Health Professions

(RSSV)-Research & Service Units

Phone: 870-815-1276

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Tom Bennett is the Program Leader for the Organizational Development and School Support Programs (OD/SSP) of the Arkansas Leadership Academy, a Research and Service Unit in the COEHP. He joined the University of Arkansas community in July of 2017 as a Performance Coach with the Academy, providing services in the field to Arkansas public school districts and schools participating in OD/SSP. As a Performance Coach, his primary focus was on assisting educational organizations with designing and implementing strategic action plans, including learning experiences from Academy institutes and programs. He is a co-facilitator for the Academy's Student Voice Institute. Prior to coming to the University of Arkansas, Dr. Bennett spent 16 years as a teacher, coach, and administrator with the Rivercrest School District. Education is his second career; Dr. Bennett practiced law in northeast Arkansas for 12 years before leaving the profession to become an educator in his home school district. He earned a Post-Master's Certificate in Leadership Studies from the University of Central Arkansas in 2016; an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University in 2012; a M.S.E. in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University in 2005; a J.D. from the University of Arkansas in 1988; and a B.A. in Communication from the University of Arkansas in 1985.

P.M.C. (Leadership Studies) University of Central Arkansas, 2016

Ed.D. (Educational Leadership) Arkansas State University, 2012   

M.S.E. (Educational Leadership) Arkansas State University, 2005

J.D. (Law) University of Arkansas, 1988

B.A. (Communication) University of Arkansas, 1985

Bennett, T. (2014). Classroom practices: Honoring students’ religious beliefs and non-beliefs. The Learning Teacher Magazine, 5(2), 16.

Bennett. T. and Foldesy, G. (2013). A study of the religious orientation of public school districts located in the Bible Belt of the United States. Journal of the European Teacher Education Network, 9, 12-21.  

Bennett, T. (2013). Scripture on football friday nights: An analysis of the display of religious messages on cheerleader banners in light of Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, 1(2).

Bennett, T., & Foldesy, G. (2008). “Our father in heaven”: A legal analysis of the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer by public school coaches. The Clearing House, 81(4), 185-189.