Beverly Quillin

Assistant Director, Disability Resource Center

“When working with people, it is easy to just see the outside and the surface information they are presenting to you, assist them on this information, then move on. The job of the human service professional is to reach the inner strength and uniqueness of each individual to help them reach their full potential and facilitate long term change.”

When Beverly Quillin began working at Henderson State University’s Disability Resource Center as a counselor in 2001, she brought with her 17 years of experience helping families and individuals.

Quillin went to work at the Department of Human Services in 1985 as an eligibility specialist for the food stamp program. She was area manager for the DHS when she left, but had also served as a family service worker, project success case manager, staff development specialist, program manager, and county supervisor.

Today, Quillin teaches Intro to Human Services, Intro to Sociology, Minorities, and Social Problems. She will be teaching Social Welfare Policy for the first time this spring.

Quillin also serves as assistant director of the Disability Resource Center which provides a variety of services that help promote academic access for students with disabilities.

As a professor, Quillin said the interaction with students and sharing of ideas is what she enjoys most.

“I have a heart for students,” she said. “I like to challenge them to think critically about themselves or the topic being discussed. I enjoy watching them grow as learners and as adults.”

Quillin likes to introduce real life situations for discussion in the classroom.

“I pull from the knowledge and experiences I have had in my career whether they are good or bad,” she said. “At times, I use the old lecture style when pressed for time.

“I enjoy teaching students academic success strategies and how to use adaptive technology to facilitate their learning. The very best part of my job is watching them walk across the stage as a graduate.”

Quillin said relationships are the most important aspect in a career and life.

“If you want to facilitate change with a person, you must have a solid relationship with them,” she said. These relationships will also allow the client to provide valuable feedback regarding your skills.

“Personal relationships are priceless as they are the ones that can help when your work or life aren’t going right. The key is to nurture both of them.”

For students considering a career in human services or any other field, Quillin offers this advice:

“You will fail. Learn from it,” she said. “If you aren’t happy, get out and do something else. Don’t become stagnant. Keep learning and push yourself to improve your skills.

“Take care of yourself. If you don’t, you won’t be any help to others. Do not ever stop learning.”

Quillin is very active in the community.

She writes grants for the Clark County Fair Association and DeGray Fire Department, and assists with fund-raising for the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship of Clark County.

Quillin has been a volunteer with Clark County 4-H for more than 17 years as a 4-H leader, judge, and now as a helper with special projects.

In her spare time, Quillin enjoys being with her family, crafts, and gardening.

If she wasn’t in the education field, Quillin said she would like to have her own jewelry store.

“I enjoy the beauty and craftsmanship of the jewelry, changing displays, and the ability to serve the public,” she said.

Department:
Human Services

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Degree and School:
M.S. in Counseling, Henderson State University

Research:

• Disability
• Strength Perspective
• Educational Technology



I've been at Henderson since:
2003

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