Like many charter faculty, Dr. Roy Singleton was drawn to UNF by the rare opportunity to come to a new university and participate in the development of an institution and its programs.
From very early in life, Singleton knew he wanted to be a teacher. Born and raised in Jacksonville Singleton says his career choice was the result of years of influence of great teachers in the school system. He did dabble with the idea of becoming a botanist, but decided against it after discovering that "the words were too long."
Singleton, associate professor of education in the Division of Curriculum and Instruction, received his bachelor's degree from Edward Waters College, his master's from Clark-Atlanta University, and his doctorate from the University of Florida. Before coming to UNF Singleton taught English language arts and reading to middle and high school students. At UNF, he instructs preservice and in-service teachers in reading at the secondary school level and content areas; diagnosing, remediating and correcting reading disabilities; elementary reading instruction; the middle-school philosophy and curriculum; and other courses in the foundations of education. He is also the coauthor of a new language and literature series titled Spotlight on Literature, designed for students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades.
While his teaching career was decided early on, the focus on reading and the education of preservice/in-service teachers came after Singleton began working with students at the middle and high school levels. While teaching Chaucer in Palm Beach County Singleton says, "I found out many of the students could not read, at least not at that level." The revelation led him to pursue his graduate degrees and to concentrate on higher education and on teaching the basics of reading to future educators.
After 25 years at UNF, Singleton says he continues to find his profession extremely rewarding. "I enjoy getting a chance to go into the schools and see the need for what I'm doing. It's a good feeling to go out and see so many of the (UNF) students doing well as they prepare, execute and evaluate learning experiences."