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COEHS Emeriti Faculty

Thank you for building the foundation for what we have today. You have changed the world and made it a better place by inspiring generations of students to make a difference through education.

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  • George W. Corrick, Ed.D.

    George W. Corrick, Ed.D.

    June 1, 1933  –  October 10, 2018

    Position: Associate Professor Emeritus of Education


    • Doctor of Education in Educational Administration - Higher Education University of Florida
    • Master's degree in Educational Administration, University of Florida.
    • Bachelor's degree in Journalism (with High Honors), University of Florida.

    George Corrick knows better than most charter staff just how close the University of North Florida came to being merged with the University of Florida.

    It was June 22, 1980, the last day of an extended session of the Florida Legislature when the future of UNF was in doubt. Legislative leaders had decided Florida couldn t afford so many state universities. A merger bill was backed by all top legislative l leaders and Corrick was the UNF lobbyist fighting an uphill battle. "I felt like the little boy with his finger in the cracking dike," Corrick recalls.

    The one lone champion was the late Sen. Joe Carlucci who was a friend of UNF and fought the merger bill at every turn. Corrick recalls it was a late night session of the Florida Senate and the merger bill was the last bill on the calendar. Carlucci was the last to speak and he delivered an impassioned speech against the merger. Carlucci closed with these words: "Merging the University of North Florida with the University of Florida is like pouring a half-pint of rich cream into five gallons of skim milk. Don't do it."

    The speech didn't convince the lawmakers. The bill passed both houses of the Legislature. It was prevented from becoming law when Gov. Bob Graham concluded the bill was a bad law and vetoed it on the last day before it would have become law without his signature. Without Graham's veto, UNF would not be celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

    Corrick is actually celebrating his 27th anniversary with the University since he started in July of 1970, two years before UNF opened its doors for classes. He was the first vice president for University Relations, a position he held until 1984 when he joined the graduate faculty in the College of Education and Human Services.

    Like many others, Corrick says he was drawn to UNF by the challenge of starting a university from scratch and "changing all the things I didn't like about older, established universities."

    While Corrick was at the University of Florida, he became acquainted with UNF s first president Tom Carpenter who persuaded him to take the position at the new university. I planned on being here maybe five years and then move on, Corrick recalls.

    He didn't move on and he doesn't regret it.

  • Paul Eggen, Ph.D.

    Paul Eggen, Ph.D.

    Position: Professor Emeritus of Education


    • Doctor of Philosophy, Oregon State University.
    • Master's degree, Oregon State University.
    • Bachelor's degree, Northern Montana College.

    When Paul Eggen says he likes UNF better than any other place he has been, you should know that he has a lot to compare with.

    The UNF College of Education professor has worked as a curriculum consultant for international schools for 12 years, traveling to 22 different countries in that time. He generally works in Africa and the Middle East, although he has also been to several E European countries and Japan in the course of his work.

    Eggen earned his bachelor's degree from Northern Montana College in Havre and his master's and doctoral degrees from Oregon State University in Corvallis.

    He arrived at UNF in 1972 from Oregon State where he was an instructor of science education and chemistry. He was promoted to associate professor at UNF in 1975 and full professor in 1980.

    Eggen says he was attracted to UNF by the idea of being a new faculty member in a new university. He said he wanted to be part of getting a new university off the ground. He says he continues to experience the satisfaction of seeing the university grow and develop and enjoys reminiscing with other "old timers" about the early years of the University.

    In his years at UNF, Eggen says the most rewarding experiences have been the continuing relationship he has established with students over a quarter century.

  • Betty Flinchum, Ph.D.


    Betty Flinchum, Ph.D.

    Dr. Betty M. Flinchum has had a distinguished career in education as a teacher, professor, director and administrator in several universities in the United States and abroad. In preparation for academic work, she received her Bachelor’s degree at Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina in 1957; Master of Education degree from University of North Carolina in 1962 and Doctor of Philosophy degree from Louisiana State University in 1972.

    In the early part of her career, she taught in university positions related to the areas of movement education; motor development of young children and teacher education. Following her Master’s Degree, she was selected by the Woman’s College for an exchange position in England where she served as organizer of schools in Somerset County. In following years, she spent a Sabbatical Year and several summers in England researching movement education theory. During those early teaching years, her research in early childhood was widely published; her textbook was entitled Motor Development in Early Childhood. As her academic career progressed, she served in university administrative positions for the main part of her career and focused on international education and international development.

    Flinchum began academic work as department chairperson and faculty at Newcomb College, Tulane University. After five years with AAHPERD/NEA in Washington, D.C. Flinchum served for thirty-two years as a professor of Education and Director of International Programs at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville (UNF). She continues to serve UNF as an Emeriti professor and consultant for international initiatives. As a Founding Faculty member at UNF, she initiated and developed the University’s international programs which included the establishment of Study Abroad Programs; international student programs; faculty linkages and exchanges with countries in Africa, Belize, Costa Rica, Czech and Slovak Republics, France, England, Ecuador, Mexico, Canada, Japan, China, Guatemala, several countries in the Caribbean, and Central and South America. During her tenure as Director, UNF’s international student body grew to include young scholars from over 100 foreign countries.

    In the first ten years of international program development, Dr. Flinchum wrote, developed and administered over one million dollars in local, State and Federal grants. Those grant monies funded all UNF’s international programs and helped to internationalize the curriculum of several colleges. She was successful in receiving Federal grants from United States Information Agency (USIA); United States Department of Education (USDOE); United States Agency for International development (USAID) and Higher Education Development (HED). The USIA grants resulted in UNF’s highly successful Belize Partnership and she was a founding member of the Consortium on Belize Educational Cooperation (COBEC). The USAID and Florida/West Africa grants resulted in establishing the first Centre Universitaire (now the Universitaire de Bambey) in Senegal, West Africa. A grant to UNF from USAID’s Higher Educational Development established the first curriculum in Health Studies for that institution.

    Dr. Flinchum served on the State of Florida’s International Council that developed the eleven Florida Linkage Institutes: one of those institutes is the Florida/West Africa Linkage Institute (FLAWI) where UNF was the lead institution. She served as Co-Director of FLAWI and as a Board Member and co-editor of the FLAWI Newsletter for over a decade. During her tenure on the FLAWI Board of Directors, she wrote many successful grants that provided tuition funds for students from West Africa to pursue studies in Florida universities; and monies for faculty exchanges between FLAWI universities and West Africa. In addition to FLAWI, Flinchum coordinated with the FLORICA Institute with Costa Rica and established a degree program in Port Administration offered by UNF at the University of Costa Rica in Limon for the employees of the ports in Jacksonville and Limon.

    In addition to her academic duties, she also served as UNF’s Protocol Officer and as President of the Jacksonville Sister Cities Association that fostered linkages with cities in France, China, Russia, Korea, Puerto Rica, South Africa, and Argentina. In her role as educator and diplomatic leader, she became friends with many international personages; U.S. and foreign Ambassadors; Ministers and members of Parliament. Many of these international leaders provided exchange opportunities for UNF faculty and eminent lecturers for UNF students such as Nobel Prize winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. An ardent videographer, she produced a video for Belize schools of Queen Elizabeth II on her visit to Belize in 1994. This video received a letter of thanks from Her Majesty.

    Currently, in the status of Emerita Professor, she continues to consult with the University in areas of international outreach. In 2007, she was in charge of the organization and administration of the Master of Education Program in Belize, Central America—an outgrowth of the U.S. government-funded international program that she initiated for the University in 1986, following the establishment of Independence for that new nation. That program has produced over 550 UNF graduates living and working in Belize for the betterment of that developing country.

    In addition to development work in Belize, she has also served as consultant for UNF in exchanges with West Africa, France, Mexico, Costa Rica, Eastern Europe, England and the Caribbean. One of her most notable contributions is the establishment of the previously mentioned Universitaire de Bambey, the first Community College-based institution in West Africa. That college was an outgrowth of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) grant projects and FLAWI relationships in Senegal, West Africa. In their ten-year review of funded projects conducted in 2009, USAID and Higher Education for Development selected Flinchum’s Bambey project as their Success Story; one of only a few so honored. In the past two years, she has traveled to Senegal for UNF to work with the President and staff of the University of the Third Age (UNITRA) on joint projects and study abroad programs.

    Selected notable awards include the Order of Distinction given by the nation of Belize for thirty years of service to their educational development; the Lifetime Achievement Award in International Development given by agencies in the City of Jacksonville for her significant work toward making Jacksonville an international city; the International Development Award from UNF for distinguished service to the University; and the Honorary Alumna Award for her “devotion to UNF students” and “initiating and developing” the University’s international program. In October, 2013, she was honored as a Woman of Distinction by her Alma Mater, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and received the high honor of the Woman’s College Legacy Award in 2019. On her retirement, she was elected as an Emeritus Professor of Education; an honor and high distinction for retired faculty at UNF. In February, 2019, she was selected by UNF as Emeriti Professor of the Year.

    In addition to her professional career, Flinchum has been involved in several philanthropic endeavors. During her tenure at UNF, she gave the initial monies to establish two scholarships at the University of North Florida; one for Belizeans who wish to study education at UNF (named for her friend Sir Colville Young, Governor-General of Belize); and the first College of Education and Human Services faculty scholarship for needy students (named for her friend Ellis White, the first dean of Education at UNF and First Faculty). Her donations to the College of Education and Human Services, established an office for international initiatives named for her leadership. In addition to those scholarships, she established the Betty M. Flinchum Endowment for International Travel at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro which provides a scholarship to assist students who desire to study abroad.

    One of her Belizean projects was the writing and compiling of an authorized biography of a prominent Belizean colleague and friend, entitled, A Cultural Legacy: Sir Colville Norbert Young, GCMG, MBE, and D.Phil. Governor-General of Belize. It was published in 2008 by Print Belize, Ltd.

    On retirement, Flinchum established Cultural Connections, LLC. This company provided grant development seminars and custom designed international travel and cultural training services for individuals, companies and universities. She also volunteered as an international programing consultant for educational institutions in the United States and abroad and continues to provide custom-designed international tours for individual and group travel.

  • Mary Loftin Grimes, Ph.D.

    Mary Loftin Grimes, Ph.D.

    June 14, 1933 - May 2, 2005

    Position: Professor Emerita of Education


    • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Florida
    • Master's degree in Education, Jacksonville University
    • Bachelor's degree in Education, Jacksonville University
  • Bruce Gutnecht, Ed.D.

    Bruce Gutnecht, Ed.D. 

    PositionProfessor Emeritus of Childhood Education


    • Doctor of Education, Wayne State University
    • Master's degree in Education, Wayne State University

    It's one thing to be turned down for a job. It's another thing to be turned down for a job you didn't even apply for. But that's how Dr. Bruce Gutknecht's career at the University of North Florida began.

    Gutknecht was an elementary school teacher and principal working on his master's and doctorate in education at Michigan's Wayne State University. When he completed his Ph.D. in 1972 he applied for, and was offered, several teaching positions. He was surprised when he received a letter from UNF informing him the administrative position he applied for had been filled. Gutknecht was amused to be turned down for the wrong job, and decided to accept a teaching post at Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg.

    A phone call rekindled his curiosity in UNF. "The chairman called me and said, 'Are you still interested in teaching here?' I told him I was about ready to take the job in Pennsylvania," Gutknecht recalled. But a thick overnight package arrived, describing a new concept in education called competency-based teaching.

    "It was a chance at something new, as opposed to the typical hear lecture/take test format," he explained. Gutknecht added that because the College of Education faculty was writing the curriculum, they worked two months before the other colleges in offices at Sandalwood High School. And while competency-based teaching never fully developed as a movement, Gutknecht hasn't regretted his decision to come to UNF.

    "There've always been opportunities to do something in addition to teaching, although I never wanted to not teach," Gutknecht noted. "I've done a lot of grant work, dabbled in politics as the president of the Faculty Association, and I served as the first chair of the merged Division of Curriculum and Instruction."

    One of his favorite activities was serving as chief university marshal, coordinating commencement ceremonies. "That was a lot of fun. We've got a rich commencement history around here," Gutknecht said, noting that the first ceremony was performed in the parking lot in front of Daniel Hall. When graduating classes were small, individual colleges held their own ceremonies, but all on the same night, he noted. Gutknecht took over when commencements were moved to the green, although rain could be a problem in that location.

    Former Cabinet Officer Elliot Richardson was about to address the graduates one year when, "The heavens opened. Thomas Carpenter said something like, 'I declare the ceremony over. Come pick up your diplomas next week in Registration.' " From there, commencements moved to the Morocco Temple and finally to the Coliseum before the UNF Arena was completed.

    Today, Gutknecht continues to expect excellence from UNF, citing the increasing use of part-time faculty as an area for improvement.

    "In terms of program integrity, we need more full-time faculty. We have a number of fine part-time people but in developing curriculum to continually meet accreditation standards, the burden falls on fewer people," Gutknecht said. "And one of the things that's been unique about this place is that you have full professors teaching freshmen."

    It's not necessary for UNF to be all things to all people, he added. "The idea that higher education is for everybody is a myth. We're seeing in today's economy that a degree doesn't equal employment, at least not in the field for which one is trained."

    As a pioneer in developing distance learning, which uses computers to link student and teacher, Gutknecht said putting more resources into technology is essential. "We need to do more than talk about cutting edge technology and actually commit the funds to it," he said. "Our faculty often finds itself in the position of training teachers who work in schools with more technology than we have."

    One of Gutknecht's greatest pleasures in his years at UNF is, "Seeing the place succeed. Back in the early days, the newspapers and everyone else didn't really know if this was Jacksonville University or a branch of the University of Florida. They know now." 

  • William G. Herrold, Jr., Ed.D.

    William G. Herrold, Jr., Ed.D.

    June 11, 1932 - August 23, 2018

    Position: Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Instruction

    • Doctor of Education, Brigham Young University
    • Master's degree, San Jose State
    • Bachelor's degree, University of California, Los Angeles

    When William "Bill" Herrold decided to come to the University of North Florida, he turned down job offers from California, Washington and Indiana. So why did he decide to come to UNF?

    He says it was because UNF was the next logical step in his career as an educator. "My California public schools teaching and administrative experiences with individualized, competency-based, and computer-managed instruction along with a competency-based doctoral program at Brigham Young University qualified me for my move to UNF," he says. "I have always been a pioneer in education and I looked forward to the challenge of building a brand new teacher education program at UNF."

    Herrold received his bachelor's degree from UCLA followed by his master's from San Jose State and his doctorate from Brigham Young University.

    Before coming to UNF, Herrold was an elementary classroom teacher, curriculum supervisor and elementary school principal from 1959 to 1970.

    Starting at UNF in 1972, Herrold became associate professor in 1978, and full professor in 1981. He recalls that his most "traumatic" experience at UNF was the process involved in his promotion from associate to full professor. "I lost 20 pounds and my hair turned gray," he says.

    The same year he was promoted to full professor, he also was named to UNF's and the University of Florida's graduate teaching faculty. In 1990 he was appointed to the College of Education and Human Service's doctoral faculty.

    Herrold began phased retirement in 1995 after teaching more than two dozen different courses during his quarter century of work. He was co-developer of the UNF Reading Education Program and author of course syllabi and instructional packages for more than two dozen reading and language arts methods courses.

    Herrold, along with Professor Robert Loftin, was awarded the first UNF Outstanding Teaching Award in 1984. Nine years later, in 1993, he was awarded a second Outstanding Teaching Award which was followed by a TIP award for excellence in teaching in 1994.

    In the area of research, he was director, co-director and faculty participant in eight national, state and local research projects. He has chaired committees and supervised research thesis/projects for more than 75 master s degree students.

    Although Herrold has been a member of 55 university, college and division committees, he says his most rewarding experience has been working directly with teachers. Herrold is currently the co-developer, coordinator, advisor and teacher of three, off-campus master's degree programs in elementary education involving more than 120 teachers.

    "I have been most gratified by my long-term teaching experiences with Northeast Florida public school teachers in our Elementary Education cohort master's degree programs. You get to work with the same students for two and a half years. You really get to know each student and see changes in them and their growth as teachers," he says.

  • Samuel E. Russell, Ed.D.

    Samuel E. Russell, Ed.D. 

    June 20, 1920 - June 1, 2002

    Position: Professor Emeritus of Education


    • Doctor of Education, University of Pennsylvania
    • Master's degree, Florida A&M University
    • Bachelor's degree, Florida A&M University
  • Robert M. Siudzinski, Ph.D.

    Robert M. Siudzinski, Ph.D.

    Position: Professor Emeritus of Special Education


    • Doctor of Philosophy, Arizona State University

    He already had a job as director of special education at New York's Adelphi University and Florida wasn't his favorite state. But Dr. Robert Siudzinski readily accepted an offer to join the charter faculty as chairman of the special education department of the University of North Florida.

    "The opportunity to start a new program comes once in a lifetime," he said. "So I took it."

    UNF's special education program wasn't projected to begin until at least 1978, according to Siudzinski, but community need demanded it start when the university opened in 1972.

    "We were assigned to start a graduate program in mental retardation, however the strong need in the community was for training teachers of the learning disabled and emotionally disturbed as well," he recalled. "We overcame the limitations they first gave us with innovative programming, given the small faculty we were originally assigned, only two FTEs."

    The answer was non-categorical programming, Siudzinski explained, with certification offered in all three instructional areas: learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, and mental retardation. "We were 25 years ahead of our time at UNF," he noted. "The state has now become interested in non-categorial programming and may well adopt it in the near future."

    Recognition of the innovation is not new. In 1979 the program was selected as one of three "Programs of Excellence" in the United States by the American Association of College Teachers of Education. The following year, it was voted "Outstanding Teacher Preparation Program" by the Florida Association of Teacher Educators. As department chair throughout this period, Suidzinski recognized the importance of the special education faculty and staff in the program's success.

    "We had a clear-thinking faculty that was creative and a department secretary, Gerry Stage, who kept us all in line," Siudzinski said. "The faculty is a good working team, which is illustrated by its low turnover rate." Some of the program's best alumni also work at UNF, he added, naming Lynne Raiser, Lib D'Zamko, and Janice Seabrooks as examples.

    Working with the Florida Institute of Education, which seeks to unify educational programs at all levels, was a career highlight for Siudzinski. The FIE was started by Dr. Andrew Robinson, former UNF interim president. "He was a good man to work with, an achiever and a good human being who did a lot for this institution," Siudzinski said. "It's sort of sad because I occasionally ask the students in class if they know who he was. They know the name on the building, but not the man."

    Dr. Siudzinski began phased retirement this term, and will teach again in the fall of 1998. He looks forward to delivering more lectures on the Enneagram, a 2,000-year-old method of personality typing on which he is a recognized authority. Travel and photography are also high on his list of pursuits with more leisure time. Still, he has a special affinity for the University of North Florida.

    "The 25 years went so fast. It only seems like a couple of years," he said. "I look forward to continuing the relationship."

  • Ellis F. White, Ed.D.

    Ellis F. White, Ed.D.

    June, 1911 - December 29, 2005

    Position: Dean Emeritus, College of Education and Human Services


    • Doctor of Philosophy, New York University
    • Master's degree in Education, St. Lawrence University at Canton, New York
    • Bachelor's degree in Education, St. Lawrence University at Canton, New York
  • Marianne Barnes, Ph.D.

    Marianne Betkouski Barnes. Ph.D.


    Aug 1976- Professor Emerita (2010 – present), Department of Foundations and Secondary Ed; Program Leader, Middle/Secondary Programs, 1999-2003; Member, Doctoral Faculty (1990-2010); Faculty member, College of Education and Human Services, 1976-2010


    • Ph.D. Science Education, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 1975
    • Ed.S. Science Education, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 1972
    • M.Ed. Science Education, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 1970
    • B.S. Chemistry, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, 1966
  • Mary Elizabeth Dā€™Zamko, Ed.D.

    Mary Elizabeth D’Zamko, Ed.D.

    Position: Professor Emerita of Education


    • Doctor of Education, University of Florida
    • Master's degree in Special Education, University of North Florida
  • Charles M. Galloway, Ed.D.

    Charles M. Galloway, Ed.D.

    Position: Professor Emeritus of Educational Leadership


    • Doctor of Education, University of Florida
    • Master's degree, University of Kentucky
    • Bachelor's degree, Universalist of Kentucky
  • Mauricio Gonzalez, Ph.D.

    Mauricio Gonzalez, Ph.D.

    Position: Professor Emeritus (Affiliate Appointment), Leadership, School Counseling and Sports Management


    • Doctor of Philosophy in Art Education, Florida State University
    • Master's degree, University of the Americas in Puebla
    • Bachelor's degree, University of Texas
  • Sandra Gupton, Ph.D.

    Sandra Gupton, Ph.D. 


    Professor Emerita - Educational Leadership


    • Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Teaching (1979), University of North Carolina at Greensboro 
      • 18 s.h. post-doctoral credits and certification: Leadership/Administration
    • Master of Education in Reading K-12 (1973), Valdosta State University
    • Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, English (1963), Valdosta State University
  • Wanda B. Hedrick, Ph.D.

    Wanda B. Hedrick, Ph.D.

    Position: Professor Emerita, Childhood Education (Literacy Education)


    • Doctor of Philosophy in Education, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
    • Master's degree in Education - Educational Leadership, A&T University
    • Master's degree in Education - Reading, A&T University
    • Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, Liberty University
  • Dennis M. Holt, Ph.D.

    Dennis M. Holt, Ph.D.


    1980 - 1987 ASSISTANT DEAN and ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, College of Education and Human Services, University of North Florida

    1988 - 1990 ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, Division of Curriculum and Instruction; DOCTORAL STUDIES FACULTY, Division of Educational Services and Research, Educational Leadership Program, College of Education and Human Services, University of North Florida

    1991 - 1998 CHAIRPERSON and PROFESSOR, Division of Curriculum and Instruction; DOCTORAL STUDIES FACULTY, Division of Educational Services and Research, Educational Leadership Program, College of Education and Human Services, University of North Florida

    1999 – 2008 PROFESSOR, Division of Curriculum and Instruction; DOCTORAL STUDIES FACULTY, Division of Educational Services and Research, Educational Leadership Program, College of Education and Human Services, University of North Florida  

    2008 – 2013 AREA COORDINATOR FOR MUSIC EDUCATION (2011-2013) and PROFESSOR, School of Music, College of Arts and Sciences, University of North Florida

    2013 – Present PROFESSOR EMERITUS, Department of Foundations and Secondary Education, College Education and Human Services, University of North Florida 


    • B.A. Music and English, West Virginia Wesleyan College, 1966
    • M.Ed. Music Education, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, 1969
    • Ph.D. Music and Teacher Education, The Ohio State University, 1973
  • Edgar Newton Jackson, Ph.D.

    Edgar Newton Jackson, Ph.D.


    • Bachelor's degree, University of the District of Columbia
    • Master's degree, Grambling State University
    • Ph.D., University of New Mexico
  • Marsha H. Lupi, Ed.D.

    Marsha H. Lupi, Ed.D. 

    Position: Associate Professor Emerita of Teacher Education


    • Doctor of Education in Teacher Education and Special Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
    • Master's degree in Special Education, Hunter College of the City University of New York
    • Bachelor's degree in Special Education/Elementary Education, Buffalo State University College
  • Lynne Raiser, Ed.D.

    Lynne Raiser, Ed.D. 


    • Ed.D. 1981 University of Florida, Curriculum and Instruction
      • Dissertation: Syntactic Maturity, Vocabulary Diversity, Mode of Discourse and Theme Selection in the Free Writing of Learning Disabled Adolescents
    • M. Ed. 1968 University of Houston, Special Education
      • Major: Specific Learning Disabilities / U.S. Office of Education Traineeship, 1967-68.
    • B.A.E. 1960 University of Florida, English/Speech Secondary Education/ Minor: Speech Pathology


    Curriculum Coordinator/Instructor, UNF Educator Preparation Institute, an alternative K-12 certification program. Writer of the integrated curriculum with an innovative, co-teaching model (2007-2015)

    Professor-in-Residence, Woodland Acres Urban Professional Development School where I taught literacy methods courses (first UNF professor to do this). My UNF students tutored children at risk of failure. I served on the principal’s Leadership Team, chaired the School Advisory Council (SAC), provided in-service education to teachers and staff, and managed the UNF tutoring program. (1997-2009)

    Professor, College of Education and Human Services, University of North Florida, Jacksonville. I taught courses in exceptional student education, including reading, language arts and curriculum development for learners with disabilities and nature/needs for students with learning disabilities and emotional handicaps. (1977-2004)

    Professor, UNF Master’s Degree Program in Belize, Central America for three summers, teaching curriculum development course with Darby Delane, Ph.D. as my co-teacher. We took the UNF American version of the course and adapted it for Belize. (1997-2003)

    Co-founder/Director, Very Special Arts Florida-Jacksonville Producer/Director or consultant responsibility for 15 arts festivals directly serving over 35,000 children with disabilities and children at risk of school failure. The 7 year Very Special Arts/Arts Mania, a collaboration among the Arts Assembly of Jacksonville, The Jacksonville Landing and Very Special Arts Florida-Jacksonville, was recognized by Jean Kennedy Smith, founder of VSA, as the largest Very Special Arts festival in the United States integrated into a major regional arts festival. In 1994, Very Special Arts-Jacksonville became an integral part of the arts education program at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. It now called Arts for All. (1986-1994)

    Instructional Coach - Exceptional Student Education District Staff Duval County Schools. Instructional Coach for 50 teachers of students who were emotionally disturbed or learning disabled in 25 (mostly low income urban) schools, Jacksonville, Florida (1973-1977)

    Teacher, Specific Learning Disabilities & Varying Exceptionalities K-6 , Timucuan and Seabreeze Elementary Schools, Duval County (1969-1973)

    Teacher, 4th grade, Harrison Elementary, South Bend, Indiana (low income urban school) (1964-65)

    Speech Pathologist, 4 junior & senior high low income urban schools, Minneapolis, Minnesota (1963-64)

    Teacher - 4th/5TH grade, Browning Elementary, Houston, Texas (low income urban school) (1962-63)

    Teacher - 7th grade English, Bridgeport, Ohio (urban school) (1960)

    Teacher - Kindergarten, Waterford Elementary School, Waterford, Ohio (rural school) 1960

  • Elinor A. Scheirer, Ph.D.

    Elinor A. Scheirer, Ph.D.

    Position: Professor Emerita of Curriculum and Leadership

    EducationDoctor of Philosophy, Ohio State University.

  • Thomas S. Serwatka, Ph.D.

    Thomas S. Serwatka, Ph.D

    Position: Professor Emeritus, Exceptional Student and Deaf Education (Deaf Education)


    • Doctor of Philosophy in Special Education, Kent State University
    • Master's degree in Education of Deaf Students, Kent State University
    • Bachelor's degree in Speech, Baldwin-Wallace College
  • Royal W. VanHorn, Ph.D.

    Royal W. VanHorn, Ph.D.

    Position: Professor Emeritus of Foundations and Secondary Education

    EducationDoctor of Philosophy, University of Nebraska

  • John J. Venn, Ph.D.

    John J. Venn, Ph.D.

    Position: Professor Emeritus, Exceptional Student and Deaf Education

    EducationDoctor of Philosophy, University of Florida

  • Kristine Wiest Webb, Ph.D.

    Kristine Wiest Webb, Ph.D. 


    Dept. of Except. Student & Deaf Ed., University of North Florida

    • Professor (2010-2018).
    • Program Leader of Exceptional Education: 2015-2018
    • Associate Professor (2002-2010); tenure: 2004
    • Assistant Professor (1998-2001)


    • Ph.D. in Special Education
      • Concentration: Learning Disabilities and Adult Education
      • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM (5/95)
      • Outstanding Doctoral Student in Education Award
    • M.A. in Special Education
      • Concentration: Learning Disabilities and Gifted Education
      • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM (8/88)
      • Outstanding Master’s Student in Special Education Award
    • B.A. in Music Education, cum laude
      • Black Hills State College, Spearfish, SD (8/75)
  • Kenneth T. Wilburn, Ph.D.

    Kenneth T. Wilburn, Ph.D.

    March 21, 1943 – March 10, 2016

    Position: Associate Professor Emeritus, Leadership, School Counseling and Sports Management (Educational Leadership)


    • Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Management Systems and Program Evaluation, Florida State University
    • Master’s degree in Instrumental Music, Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, University of Memphis
    • Bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music, Tennessee Technological University