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Press Release for Thursday, May 22, 2008

Doctoral Candidate Selected for Princeton's Summer Institute

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Arlington resident Carmen Jones, a University of North Florida doctoral candidate in the College of Education and Human Services, was selected to attend the First Coast Scholars Princeton Summer Institute on the campus of Princeton University.

She will participate in the “Children in Transit” seminar July 7-11 and will be studying under the guidance of Dr. U.C. Knoepflmacher, Princeton’s Paton Foundation Emeritus Professor of Ancient and Modern Literature and a specialist in children’s literature as well as 19th century British texts.

“Carmen is very deserving of this honor. She has consistently found ways to integrate her research interests and her work with students,” said Dr. Marcia Lamkin, UNF assistant professor in educational leadership. “The Princeton Summer Institute will equip Carmen with wonderful new tools to use in both research and work.”

Jones is a licensed speech language pathologist with Duval County Public Schools, where she evaluates and treats students with communication disorders in grades K-8 at Justina Road Elementary and Ft. Caroline Middle schools. She also serves as an independent contractor for Crossroads in Communication, a speech-language pathology service provider company.

She is a member of the Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Jones has received several honors and awards, including Outstanding Young Woman of America and has presented at the Eastern Educational Research Association annual convention as well as the Florida Association of Speech Pathologists and Audiologists annual convention.

First Coast Scholars teamed up with Princeton University to send a minimum of eight participants each year to attend two of their Teachers as Scholars seminars, an all-expense paid trip funded by members of Jacksonville Princeton Alumni.

The purpose of the First Coast Scholars program is to provide First Coast teachers an opportunity to deepen content knowledge by participation in scholarly seminars with arts and science university faculty and to develop a high-quality, research-based curriculum that will help improve the academic performance of students in Northeast Florida.

First Coast Scholars is supported by UNF, the Shultz Center for Teaching and Leadership, Duval County Public Schools, Jessie Ball duPont Fund, Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Edward Waters College and Jacksonville University.