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Johnnie Roebuck Papers, 1992-2013

Johnnie Roebuck Papers, 1992-2013

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Johnnie Roebuck Papers, 1992-2013 UALR.MS.0247

UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
401 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, AR, 72201

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Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2015-10-27T11:06-0500

Repository: UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
Title: Johnnie Roebuck Papers, 1992-2013
Dates: Bulk, 2007-2013
Dates: 1990-2013
Quantity: 6.5 linear feet; 13 document boxes and two CD boxes.
Identification: UALR.MS.0247


Series 1: Task Force on Higher Education Remediation, Retention and Graduation Rates, 2007-2008Series 2: Bills and Acts, 2007-2012Series 3: Education Files, 1990-2012Series 4: Personal Papers, 1991-2014 and undated

Scope and Contents Note

This collection primarily contains materials related to Roebuck's service in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 2007 to 2013. Much of the material concerns the Task Force on Higher Education Remediation, Retention and Graduation Rates for which Roebuck was chair. Files on education-related issues such as the Scholarship Lottery, Arkansas School for Mathematics, Science, and the Arts, the Southern Regional Education Board, and Interim Study Proposals, compose another large portion of the collection. There are also files on various bills and acts before the Arkansas Legislature during Roebuck's service and a small quantity of personal papers.

Included are research materials, correspondence, news clippings, meeting minutes, notes, reports, speeches, drafts and final copies of legislation, audio and video recordings, photographs, and a book written by Roebuck.

Biographical Note

Johnnie Jones Roebuck, third daughter of John Paul and Martha Marjorie Ethridge Jones, was born 1942 December 7 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. She grew up on her father's cotton farm and graduated from Clarksdale High School. After receiving a B.S. in Social Work Education from Texas Woman’s University in 1964, she worked as a probation officer for Memphis juvenile court and taught school in Delaware, Texas, Mississippi, and Arkansas. In 1974, she earned her Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) in Guidance and Counseling from Henderson State University. Roebuck went on to receive two degrees in Education Administration from University of Arkansas, Fayetteville: Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in 1988 and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in 1990.

On 1970 April 11, Roebuck married Presbyterian minister Joe Tom Sheeler. The couple had two children, Jeffrey Paul Sheeler, born 1967 December 18, and Jason Christopher Sheeler, born 1974 October 9, before divorcing. On 1988 July 1 she married Dr. Tommy Roebuck, a dentist living in Arkadelphia.

Roebuck was hired by Henderson State University in 1990 as an assistant professor of education. She later became the dean of the Graduate School where she established the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program and created the Center for Language Proficiency. In 2002, Roebuck stepped down as dean and became Coordinator of the Educational Leadership program, a position she held until her retirement in 2007.

Roebuck’s husband, Dr. Tommy Roebuck, served as a Representative to the Arkansas State Legislature from 2001 to 2007 when he was unable to seek reelection due to term limits. Roebuck was elected as his replacement in 2006, serving three terms as a Democrat representing District 20. During her time in the Legislature, she served as Vice-Chair of the House Education Committee, Co-Chair of the Arkansas Legislative Council Higher Education Subcommittee and, from 2007 to 2008, Chair of the Task Force on Higher Education Retention, Remediation and Graduation Rates.

In her first term, Roebuck worked to secure passage of legislation creating the Professional Licensure Standards Board, which authorized a Code of Ethics and peer review for Arkansas educators. In 2009, Roebuck worked with the Department of Human Services and the Department of Education to legislatively create a System of Education for the Department of Youth Services. In 2011, the Teacher Excellence and Support System was implemented with the goal of fairly and consistently evaluating all Arkansas educators. During her last term, 2011-2013, Roebuck was elected as the first female House Majority Leader. She served as a governor-appointed member of the Southern Regional Education Board from 2009 to 2013.

After leaving the legislature, Roebuck continued to serve as president of her consulting firm, Managerial and Leadership Concepts, Inc.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for viewing at the Arkansas Studies Institute.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17-U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. The person using this material is liable for any infringement.

Copyright for correspondence in the collections belongs to those correspondents or their beneficiaries. Persons wanting to re-use those materials are advised to obtain permission from copyright holders.

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Citation Notes

Bibliographic citation:

Johnnie Roebuck Papers, 1992-2013, UALR.MS.0247. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.

Footnote or Endnote info:

Description of item, series number, box number, folder number, and folder title, Johnnie Roebuck Papers, 1992-2013, UALR.MS.0247.

Acquisition Information

Received from Dr. Johnnie Roebuck of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, in February and August 2013 and September 2014.

Processing by:

Sarah Bost, Archivist, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2014

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