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Linda Thompson

Linda R. Thompson, Ed.D.
Director, McNair Scholars Program
Harding University

Linda Thompson is Director of the McNair Scholars Program and Professor of Psychology. She holds the Ed.D. in Higher Education from the University of Memphis. She received her M.Ed. in Counselor Education from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 1976 and her B.A. in Music from Harding University in 1972.

Dr. Thompson came to Searcy, Arkansas, in 1985 from Northeast Louisiana University, where she served as a counselor in the Counseling Center. She began working at Harding in 1986, where she initiated and directed the ADVANCE program, the Learning Resources Center, the TRIO Student Support Services Program, and the McNair Scholars Program. She has presented workshops and webinars locally and nationally on communication skills and multicultural awareness and on uses of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator in tutor training, counseling and teaching. She regularly presents webinars and training seminars on assessment and certification of programs in Development Education.

She is a Fellow of the American Council of Developmental Education Associations and coauthor of the chapter, "Factors Influencing the Teaching/Learning Process Guide" in the 2009 revision of the NADE Self-Evaluation Guides, 2nd Edition: Best Practice in Academic Support Programs. She is a past president of the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE) and currently chairs the NADE Certification Council.

Dr. Thompson is also active in community affairs and serves on a community leadership committee through the Searcy Chamber of Commerce, where she developed the curriculum for the leadership class. She sponsors the Dactylology (sign language) Club on campus and signs for the deaf at the College Church of Christ. She is married to Dr. Travis Thompson, Dean of the College of Sciences and Professor of Mathematics, and they have one son, a Harding graduate, and two grandsons.

Barbara Cole

Barbara Cole, Ed.D.
Assistant Director, McNair Scholars Program
Harding University

Barbara Cole earned her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Memphis in 1993. Her graduate research focused on two separate areas, business ethics and cooperative learning, and she has published articles in both areas. Before joining the McNair Program at Harding, Dr. Cole taught for 31 years at the high school, college, and vocational levels.

Dr. Cole has always enjoyed helping students reach their full potential in learning and in preparing for future careers. She especially enjoys working with the McNair students and helping them prepare for graduate school and the ultimate goals of earning a doctorate and becoming a college professor. She is married to Dr. David Cole, Chair of the Chemistry Department, and they have two daughters (also graduates of Harding) and four grandchildren.

Karen Hadwin

Karen Hadwin
Administrative Assistant, McNair Scholars Program
Harding University

Karen Hadwin has served as Administrative Assistant for the McNair Program since it began at Harding. Previously, she served as Administrative Assistant for the Trio Student Support Services Program at Harding. Before coming to Harding she lived in central China and taught English at Central South University in Changsha, Hunan. She and her husband are actively involved with Chinese students at Harding. Dr. and Mrs. Hadwin have two children and two grandchildren.

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