Locklear has worked in UNCP's Office of Distance Education since 2004 and served his Alma Mater in various capacities as well. Most notably, he was as UNCP's Staff Council Chair (2012-2014) and was part of the UNC Staff Assembly's Executive Committee (2013-2016). Locklear has also served on various university committees.
Locklear considers the degree in American Indian Studies AIS among his proudest accomplishments. The AIS program led him to discover a passion for Natives. In addition to his role as Instructional Designer, Locklear is researching how Universities can better serve Native students via Distance Education.