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Faculty Accomplishments


Congratulations to Cristina Valentino, Ed.D., assistant professor/TESOL coordinator, who contributed to two chapters in the book, “Language Teaching and Learning in ESL Education” by Jose A. Carmona. Valentino authored the ESOL-infused lesson plan and co-authored a bilingual school’s gifted program in Honduras. The text explores new topics and revisits recurring ones in the discipline of English as a second language. The volume mainly examines what is being accomplished in the field today with a fresh and practical look. Various chapters also address English as a foreign language issues. The 28 contributors represent many continents of the world either by birth or by living in a country other than the U.S.

Congrats to Dr. Tammy Ryan, assistant professor of reading education, who had her article, “Digital Teachers Reshaping Literacy Experiences” published in an issue of “Kappa Delta Pi Record.” The article was written for the journal's Electronic Classroom section, and illustrates innovative ways ordinary teachers are using various forms of digital technologies to engage today's 21st-century student's out-of-school literacy experiences with in-school literacy learning.

Dr. Ray Oldakowski, professor of geography, and John McEwen '05 had their article, "The Diffusion of American Fast Food to Ecuador" published in the journal “Material Culture.”  The article is based on their research of the expansion and adaption of McDonald's, Burger King, KFC and Pizza Hut into the Ecuadorian market.  The research was conducted over the past several years as part of JU's Alternative Spring Break program in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Congratulations to Dr. Cristina P. Valentino, assistant professor/TESOL coordinator, who wrote the first article in English about Honduras Education which was published in the book, “Curriculum Development: Perspectives from Around the World.” The book was edited by James Kirylo and Ann Nauman.

Kudos to Dr. Ray Oldakowski, professor of geography, and Dr. Cristina Valentino, assistant professor of education, who have coordinated two workshops for the $660,000 Florida Department of Education grant secured by JU.  Dr. Christina Ramirez-Smith, dean of the School of Education, also serves as a project director.  The first workshop, for Duval County social studies teachers, was held at JU in May and June.  The second workshop, for social studies teachers working in the Florida Panhandle, was held at Chipley High School in June.  Presenters included Dr. Jeff Martin (Geography), Dr. Jesse Hingson (History), Dr. Steven Davis (Education), Mr. John McEwen ’05, as well as Oldakowski and Valentino.  The grant entered its third year in the fall with three additional teacher workshops in North Florida.  Suzy Foxwell (College of Arts and Sciences) and David LePage (Controller’s Office) have helped to manage the grant in which JU serves as the lead institution with ICUF partners Beacon College, Flagler College and St. Thomas University.


Dr. Cristina Valentino presented at the Sunshine TESOL Conference in April 2009. Topic: ESOL accommodations or Inclusion? Let's include them thru the lesson: EILP. Let's include all students thru the lesson, including ELLs by using the ESOL Infused Lesson Plan (EILP). It is an innovative way of planning a lesson that works with any lesson plan. An EILP is an ESOL Infuse Lesson Plan. It is a way to integrate ESOL students throughout an entire class. It is a way of getting away from the accommodation at the end of the lesson plan. This accommodation at the end gives the sense of exclusion/segregation instead of inclusion.  This topic was also covered in a book titled “Preparing the Way: Teaching ELLs in the K-12 Classroom,” Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

Dr. Colleen Wilson, with other members of Jacksonville University, Writing Across the Curriculum Committee, Presented a Center for Teaching & Learning Workshop on February 3, 2009.

Dr. Cristina Valentino, ESOL Coordinator and Assistant Professor presented part of her research “The New Frontier” at the 38th annual conference of the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE), in Austin, Texas in Spring 2009.  The New Frontier: is the first Gifted Bilingual Program in Honduras, Central America. The presentation provides insights into the complexity of putting together a gifted program from scratch in a country where gifted education is unknown.

Also, Dr. Cristina Valentino authored a chapter: Education in Honduras in the book Curriculum Development: Perspectives from around the World published by Association for Childhood Education Internationally (ACEI) in Spring 2009. This is the first time that someone has compiled information about Honduran education in a book.

Dr. Tammy Ryan, Dr. Keith Riley and Dr. Colleen Wilson accompanied Dr. Lois Becker, Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dr. Ramirez-Smith, Dean School of Education, to the Community Forum entitled Reclaiming Young Black Males for Jacksonville’s Future on Saturday, January 24, 2009.



Dr. Tammy Ryan, assistant professor of Reading Education, presented at the 58th annual National Reading Conference December 3-6, 2008 in Orlando, Fla. The presentation, “Traversing the "Literacies" Landscape: A Semiotic Perspective on Early Literacy Acquisition and Instruction” provided insights into the complexities of reading and writing with new literacies. Panel members took different theoretical perspectives towards new literacies while considering the role of text messages, indie media, MySpace, YouTube and SecondLife in shaping literacy acquisition.

Dr. Colleen Wilson, assistant professor of Education, and Dr. Shannon L. Wood, assistant professor of Physical Education, presented at the 55th annual Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators conference November 7-9, 2008 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Their presentation, "Putting the Field Back Into Field-Based, State-Approved Teacher Educator Programs" focused on how the School of Education made changes to the curriculum to have more diversified field placements throughout the students' academic career.

Additionally, Dr. Tammy Ryan presented at the International Reading Association 53rd Annual National Convention in May of 2008 in Atlanta, Ga. The research poster session, “Using Walk Talk Words a Method that Combines Tier Words, Text Talk and Digital Language Experience Approach to Improve First-Grade Students’ Vocabulary Development” focused on how digital technologies enrich the curriculum to foster young children’s vocabulary and concept knowledge.​