Press Release for Monday, September 14, 2015
UNF Presents 2015 Distinguished Professor Award at Fall Convocation
Contact: Andrea Mestdagh, Specialist
of Public Relations
University of North Florida will present Dr. Carolyn Stone, professor in the
Leadership, School Counseling and Sports Management department at the College
of Education and Human Services, the 2015 Distinguished Professor award during
the 44th Annual Fall Convocation ceremony at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in the
Fine Arts Center, Lazzara Performance Hall, Building 45, on campus.
Stone, a Neptune Beach resident and UNF alumna, is the 38th faculty member at
UNF to hold the title of Distinguished Professor, an award given to a professor
demonstrates excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. This award is
the highest honor to be conferred upon a University faculty member.
“Dr. Stone’s tireless work has changed the face
of School Counseling to reflect the need for school counselors to support the
academic rigor for all students, particularly those from urban schools,” said
Dr. Marsha Lupi, interim dean of the College of Education and Human Services at
UNF. “She has impacted the field of school counseling probably more than any
other person in her field. We have been truly blessed to have her as a faculty
With 40 years of experience in education, Stone
has been an elementary and high school counselor, middle school teacher,
supervisor of guidance for the Duval County school district and counselor
educator. In 2006, she was the president of the American School Counselor
Association and is currently in her 13th year as the organization’s ethics
chair. Additionally, the organization identified her has one the eight
architects of the school counseling profession.
Her areas of expertise
focus on school counselor accountability, including legal, ethical and
professional issues in school counseling. She has held many advisory roles, has
participated in three White House convenings as part of the first lady’s “Reach
Higher” initiative and received a lifetime achievement award from the American
School Counselor Association and the Florida School Counselor Association.
Stone is the author of
six books, including the only book exclusively for school counselors about
legal and ethical issues, “School Counseling Principles: Ethics and Law.” Stone
has also written dozens of journal articles and serves the courts as an expert
witness in cases involving school counselors.
She received a doctorate
in educational leadership from the University of Florida in 1995. She also
earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of North
Florida and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of
university located on
an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to
enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures
through a well-rounded education.