Faculty Handbook: Introduction

Our Vision and Values

The University of Arkansas is a flagship university for the integration of student engagement, scholarship and research, and innovation that collectively transforms lives and inspires leadership for a global society.

We are guided by our mission to advance Arkansas while building a better world. Our core values help frame a desired culture that best supports that mission. We value:


Curiosity drives progress-the need to know more, understand better, ask questions and find answers. We embrace the challenges that come with exploring the unknown and seeking solutions to problems shared by all. This intellectual curiosity feeds our determination to improve lives through discovery, innovation and the expansion of knowledge.


We are inspired by the art, music, literature, architecture and other creative works that enrich our lives. But creativity is not limited to the arts and humanities; it is no less important to the sciences, driving innovation and new technologies. A creative environment stimulates original thought, varied perspectives and new ways of looking at things. Creative people and approaches lead to new ideas, improved outcomes and other valuable contributions that make our lives better.


We value personal integrity and the related behaviors that make us better people, collectively strengthening our community and society. We strive to be trustworthy, to lead by example, to get better every day and to have a positive impact on others. We cultivate a culture of honesty, fairness, respect and understanding. We are accountable to ourselves, each other and the publics we serve.

 Our Shared Humanity

We care about the safety, health and well-being of those around us. We support an open exchange of ideas and respect the unique perspectives and contributions that each of us provides. As a community of individuals, our diversity is our strength. We help nourish an inclusive environment where equity, opportunity, representation and civility are valued. Respecting our differences creates better understanding of our shared humanity, the foundation of our mission to build a better world.