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Press Release for Monday, September 14, 2015

UNF Presents 2015 Distinguished Professor Award at Fall Convocation

Media Contact: Andrea Mestdagh, Specialist

Department of Public Relations

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The 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 who 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 member.”


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 South Alabama.


UNF, a nationally ranked 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.